Lady Chants sweep twinbill at G-W for 20th win of season

The Coastal Carolina softball team jumped out to big leads in each game and cruised to 7-2 and 7-3 victories over host Gardner-Webb in a Big South Conference doubleheader Friday afternoon.

The Chanticleers have now won eight of their last nine games, improving to 20-12 overall and 7-1 in the Big South. Gardner-Webb fell to 3-20 overall and 0-9 in the conference.

Coastal banged out 19 hits in the two games, including three home runs – two of them by Cacia Pierre. Pierre led the Chants’ offense in the opener, going 3-for-3 with a two-run home run, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. She added a three-run homer in the second game, totaling six RBIs on the day.

Kiana Quolas tossed five scoreless innings to win her fourth straight start, while Ashley Bagwell pitched five innings to earn the victory in the nightcap.

In the opener, Kory Hayden gave Coastal a 1-0 lead with a two-out home run in the first, her 11th of the season.

The Chanticleers then scored four more in the third on four hits. Quolas doubled with one out, Hayden walked and Pierre hit an RBI single to left and the ball got by the leftfielder, allowing Hayden to also score and make it 3-0. Jazmin Daigle followed with an RBI double to right-center and Brooke Donovan capped the frame with a run-scoring single to center.

Pierre then made it 7-0 in the fifth with her two-run homer to center after Hayden had walked again.

Seven of the nine starters in the Coastal lineup finished with at least one hit In the game against Gardner-Webb starter Alyssa Gutierrez and reliever Jessica Childers.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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