Lady Chants lose to host Bulls to cap winless weekend

The Coastal Carolina softball team fell to 12th-ranked USF 5-1 Sunday afternoon in the consolation game of the USF 4 Team Tournament.

The Chanticleers drop to 2-8, including an 0-5 weekend at the tournament, while the host Bulls bounce back from two straight losses and improve to 6-3.

Paige Goldsack drove in the lone Coastal run on an RBI single with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning. With the tying run at the plate, USF brought on star lefthander Sara Nevins in relief and she recorded a strikeout and a foul out to prevent the Chanticleers from cutting the deficit further.

USF took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a walk and two singles and a double steal, then added three more runs on five hits in the fifth. The Bulls totaled 12 hits in the game.

Bri Chiusano reached on third-strike passed ball leading off the sixth and Kiana Quolas lined a hard single off the third baseman’s glove for the Chants’ first hit of the game. After Cacia Pierre walked to load the bases, Goldsack singled to left field for her fourth career RBI.

Lindsey Richardson (3-1) notched the victory, allowing one hit, striking out 10 and walking three in 5 1-3 innings. Quolas (1-4) allowed five runs on 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings. She struck out one and walked one.

The Chanticleers host tournaments the next three weekends, beginning with the Kickin’ Chicken Classic. Coastal will open up the tournament Thursday, Feb. 21 with a matchup against Rhode Island at 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Forest High School.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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