Lady Chants rally in eighth inning to top Lady Cougars

ccusoft-quolaspomBrooke Donovan homered and drove in three runs, including the game-winner on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Coastal Carolina softball team overcame an early deficit to notch a 3-2 victory over College of Charleston Sunday afternoon at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium.

The Chanticleers improved to 2-0 on the season, while College of Charleston fell to 0-2.

Donovan tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Cougars walked two batters intentionally in the bottom of the eighth to bring the senior to the plate. On the first pitch, she lofted a ball into centerfield deep enough for fellow senior Courtney Howell to slide in safely ahead of the throw for the victory.

Kory Hayden led off the eighth by drawing a walk and Howell came on as the pinchrunner, quickly stole second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. College of Charleston then walked Morgan Noad and Amanda Daneker to load the bases.

Kiana Quolas picked up her second victory of the season – and 48th of her career,  the third-most in CCU history – with two scoreless innings of relief. She allowed one hit and struck out one. Starter Ashley Bagwell and Morgan Mastriania each pitched three innings.

In a game that featured a handful of hard-hit balls that were caught in the field, College of Charleston totaled nine hits, while Coastal had four. The Cougars’ lone runs, though, came on a two-run homer by Chandler Frisbie in the second inning.

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