Lady Chants open season with shutout over Lafayette

ccusoft-20pitchingKiana Quolas tossed a shutout while hitting a milestone and Kailey Mellen enjoyed a perfect collegiate debut at the plate as the Coastal Carolina softball team started its season with an 8-0 five-inning victory over Lafayette Friday evening in the Kickin’ Chicken Classic.

Quolas scattered five hits and struck out five to become the third pitcher in program history to hit the 500-strikeout mark. She recorded two in the first inning to hit the mark on the nose and now has 503 for her career.

Mellen, a freshman from Tucson, Ariz., started her career off with hits on all three of her at-bats, including a double. She drove in one run and scored twice. Morgan Noad went 2 for 2 with a home run, while Amanda Daneker and junior transfer Kelsey Dominik each had two-run hits.

Coastal will face Lafayette again on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. The Chants will then take on Virginia Tech, which won both of its games on Friday.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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