Lady Chants armed, loaded for Big South tournament

The Big South tournament begins on Thursday, May 10 in Radford , Va. on the campus of Radford University and the No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina softball team will face No. 7 seed Presbyterian at 11:30 a.m.

Coastal is heading into the conference tournament with its highest seed since the 2006 season when the Chants went in as the tournament favorite.

The Chants played Presbyterian in their first league series of the regular season and swept the Blue hose 5-0, 8-2 and 11-2 in five innings.

Heading into the tournament the Chanticleers are leading the lead in slugging percentage (.433), on base percentage (.367), runs scored (237), runs batted in (216), home runs (51), walks (199), sacrifice bunts (64), ERA (1.99), fielding percentage (.367) and putouts (1108).

Individually, the Chants are being led by Kory Hayden who has a conference best 13 home runs, 149 assists and four sacrifice flies. Freshman pitcher Kiana Quolas is the Big South conference leader in ERA (1.44) and wins (22). Chelsea Pineda is first in runners picked off (5).

Presbyterian hit .244 through the regular season and recorded 162 runs, along with 151 bases on balls, 144 RBI, 21 home runs and a .335 on base percentage. Jill McLean is batting .290 for the Blue Hose. Morgan Durham has tallied 27 runs and 22 RBI, while going 18-for-20 on stolen base attempts. Leslie Hensley is 10-15 from the circle for Presbyterian with a 2.95 ERA in 180.1 innings pitched. She has struck out 107, given up 112 runs, 21 home runs and walked 29 batters faced.

The winner of the game plays on Friday, May 11 at 9 a.m. versus either Charleston Southern or Liberty . The loser plays again on Friday at 9:30 p.m. against the loser of the Charleston Southern vs. Liberty game.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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