Lady Chants make a splash in rain to beat Rhode Island

The Coastal Carolina softball team plugged along through rainy conditions, a temporary postponement and another brief delay to play one game in the Kickin’ Chicken Classic Friday and notched a 7-2 victory over Rhode Island at Carolina Forest High School.

The Chanticleers’ second scheduled game of the day – against Loyola Chicago – was postponed. A schedule with three games has been set for Saturday. Coastal will take on Rhode Island for a third time at 1 p.m. and then face Loyola at 3 p.m. Loyola will then take on Rhode Island in the day’s final game at 5 p.m.

Against Rhode Island Friday night, CCU jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the third inning and cruised from there to improve 4-8.

Brooke Donovan went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs, Jazmin Daigle went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and Kiana Quolas added a solo homer.

Morgan Mastriania and Ashley Bagwell combined to limit Rhode Island (0-3) to just two hits. Mastriania picked up her first win of the season, allowing two hits and one earned run in 3 1-3 innings, while striking out seven and walking two. Bagwell struck out four and walked one over 3 2-3 innings.

After Daigle drew a one-out walk in the second, Donovan homered over the centerfield fence for her first of the year. Jessie Winans then walked and scored on three passed balls to make it 3-0.

Quolas then led off the third with her first home run of the season, to left-center. Cacia Pierre added an RBI single and Donovan drove in two more with a single to cap the four-run inning. Pierre has now had a hit in eight of the last nine games.

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