Lady Chants get over hump, top Camels for trip to final

ccusoft-13Led by a three-hit, three-RBI performance from Sara Rasley and another complete-game pitching effort by Kiana Quolas, the Coastal Carolina softball team rallied for a 5-3 victory over Campbell Saturday afternoon to advance to the title game of the Big South Championship.

The top-seeded Chanticleers (41-14) will face No. 7 seed Charleston Southern Saturday at noon at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium, looking for their record seventh tournament crown and return trip to the NCAA Regionals.

The game will be shown live on ESPNU. Like Coastal, Charleston Southern (26-31-1) won its third tourney game in a row on Saturday, eliminating No. 2 seed Longwood 7-2.

Rasley went 3 for 3 at the plate, including a two-run double that capped a three-run fifth inning and gave the Chants a 4-2 lead. Morgan Noad added two hits and two runs scored, including a solo home run in the sixth inning, her second of the tournament.

Quolas (27-5) notched the victory for the third straight tourney game, once again battling with runners on base in five of the seven innings. She allowed three earned runs on eight hits, struck out six and walked one.

Four Campbell batters reached in the first two innings on three hits and a hit batter, but Coastal’s defense turned double plays in each frame to dodge the threats. The first one came with on a grounder to Kory Hayden at third with runners at first and second and Quolas started a 1-6-3 play in the second inning.

The Chanticleers then took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on back-to-back two-out hits off of Campbell starter Katie Brooke Donovan hit one to the gap in right-center that rolled to the fence for a double and Rasley followed with an RBI single to right-center that dropped just in front of the rightfielder.

Coastal had a chance to add to the lead in the third as Jessie Winans reached on an error and Noad drew a two-out walk, but the Fighting Camels got a forceout to end the frame.

Campbell slugger Milly Martinet then gave the Camels a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth with a two-run homer. Courtney Klinger hit a leadoff single and Martinet followed with her 17th homer of the season over the centerfield fence.

The Chants tried to mount a two-out rally in the bottom of the inning as Rasley and Maicie Hahn both singled, with Rasley moving to third on a fielding error. However, Baker got out of it with a strikeout.

The Chants, though, used two hits and capitalized on two Campbell errors to take the two-run lead in the fifth. Bri Chiusano drew a leadoff walk and Quolas reached on a fielding error as the Camels tried for the forceout at second. Noad then dropped a single into shallow left-center to load the bases and, two batters later, Hayden hit a sacrifice fly to right, plating pinch-runner Taylor Harris with the tying run. A fielding error by the Campbell shortstop then reloaded the bases for Rasley, who ripped one down the left-field line to put Coastal in the lead for good.

The Fighting Camels did get a run back in the top of the sixth on a bloop double to left by Klinger and an RBI single by Martinet. However, Noad pushed the lead back to two with a blast over the right-field fence into the parking lot with two outs in the bottom of the inning. It was her 15th homer of the season, matching her total from last year.

Campbell threatened in the seventh, getting a leadoff walk and a two-out single, but Winans made a nice play to field a groundball to her right and threw over to Hayden at third for the game-ending forceout as Coastal advanced to its second Big South championship game in three years.

Comments

comments

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponed

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponedThe Conway High boys and girls basketball teams swept visiting [more]

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CF

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CFChristian Academy of Myrtle Beach junior Michael Green reached another [more]

Lady Panthers' second-half surge knocks off Socastee

Lady Panthers' second-half surge knocks off SocasteeThe Carolina Forest High girls basketball team broke up a [more]

Coastal adds Michigan OL transfer to recruiting class

Coastal adds Michigan OL transfer to recruiting classCoastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced Sean Fitzgerald, [more]

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying Panthers

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying PanthersRetired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he is interested [more]

CCU's Ruiz picked to play in Latin America Amateur

CCU's Ruiz picked to play in Latin America AmateurCoastal Carolina junior golfer Luis Ruiz has been selected to [more]

CAC swimmers clean up on medals at Tiger Invitational

CAC swimmers clean up on medals at Tiger InvitationalThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) sent 37 swimmers to compete [more]

MB grad Sessions waived during 11th NBA season

MB grad Sessions waived during 11th NBA seasonFor the first time since his high school days at [more]

Horry/Georgetown Invite: CF, NMB, MB finish 1-2-3

Horry/Georgetown Invite: CF, NMB, MB finish 1-2-3The Carolina Forest High wrestling team captured the bi-county championship [more]

Battle at the Beach: MB makes it rain 3s; CA falls

Battle at the Beach: MB makes it rain 3s; CA fallsOn Friday night, a leaky roof forced the Myrtle Beach [more]

CCU Hoops: Coastal splits with visiting Georgia State

CCU Hoops: Coastal splits with visiting Georgia StateArtur Labinowicz scored a career, team and game-high 32 points, [more]

Hoops: Chiefs, Tigers use last-second shots for wins

Hoops: Chiefs, Tigers use last-second shots for winsNorth Myrtle Beach High's Cooper Chandler picked the right time [more]

MB Winter Bump tourney expects record crowd, field

MB Winter Bump tourney expects record crowd, fieldThe annual Myrtle Beach Winter Bump Volleyball Classic, hosted by [more]

Knaffle garners SCCAWS Player of the Year award

Knaffle garners SCCAWS Player of the Year awardSt. James High junior Smith Knaffle may need to add [more]

CCU Hoops: Chants split Sun Belt twinbill with GSU

CCU Hoops: Chants split Sun Belt twinbill with GSUJaylen Shaw moved into 13th place on the Coastal Carolina [more]

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls cruise past St. James

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls cruise past St. JamesThe North Myrtle Beach boys and girls basketball teams swept [more]

Wrestling: Locals earn top rankings; Chiefs take two

Wrestling: Locals earn top rankings; Chiefs take twoThe latest rankings were released Tuesday for SCHSL wrestling, but [more]

Boys Hoops: Socastee, Conway win region debuts

Boys Hoops: Socastee, Conway win region debutsThe Socastee High boys basketball team won a thrilling Region [more]

Girls Hoops: Seahawks knock off No. 1 Wilson

Girls Hoops: Seahawks knock off No. 1 WilsonThe Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team saw region rival [more]

CCU student-athletes post top semester in classroom

CCU student-athletes post top semester in classroom A record 264 Coastal Carolina student-athletes posted at least a [more]

Riptides make successful plunge at Polar Bear meet

Riptides make successful plunge at Polar Bear meetRiptides Racing's swimmers braved the cold weather and icy roads [more]

Local teams break ice with region rivals, reschedules

Local teams break ice with region rivals, reschedulesThe new year is only one week old and already [more]

Panthers suffer tough loss to Saints, face uncertainty

Panthers suffer tough loss to Saints, face uncertaintyThe Carolina Panthers' season ended in a heap atop sacked [more]

Ragin' Cajuns sweep CCU in Sun Belt doubleheader

Ragin' Cajuns sweep CCU in Sun Belt doubleheaderCoastal Carolina faced the top men’s basketball team in the [more]

Moglia announces return to role as CCU head coach

Moglia announces return to role as CCU head coachCoastal Carolina’s Joe Moglia announced he has been medically cleared [more]

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponed

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponedThe Conway High boys and girls basketball teams swept visiting [more]

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CF

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CFChristian Academy of Myrtle Beach junior Michael Green reached another [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach