Pineda’s grand slam propels Lady Chanticleers past PC

The No. 2-seeded Coastal Carolina Chanticleers used a four-run first inning and a four-run sixth inning to beat Presbyertian 8-0 in the first round of the 2012 Big South Softball Championship on  Thursday morning at Radford Softball Field in Radford, Va.

The Chanticleers improve to 39-17 overall on the year, while the Blue Hose fall to 19-32.

Chelsea Pineda tallied her 11th home run of the season and her second grand slam on the year during the first inning, scoring Brooke Donovan, Big South Conference Co-Freshman of the Year Kory Hayden and Cacia Pierre. Donovan picked up the Chanticleers first hit of the game with a double to left field. Hayden, a First Team All-Big South member hit a single to the left side during the next at bat for Coastal, while Pierre reached base on balls.

The Chanticleers gave up only one hit to the Blue Hose through the first four innings of play, while Coastal had five. Erin Taylor earned Presbyterian’s only hit through four in the second inning, which was hit to left field.

Jill McLean tallied the Blue Hose second hit in the sixth inning, as she reached first on a single up the middle, but First Team All-Big South member Kiana Quolasposted her sixth strikeout during Presbyterians next at bat to move the game into the bottom of the inning.

Pineda extended the Chanticleers lead to five following her second home run of the game that was hit to right field. Jessie Winans put Coastal ahead 7-0 two batters later, after hitting her sixth home run of the season to center field. Beth Kassuhn, who was pinch running for Stacy Snellings advanced home on the play. Hayden hit a single later in the inning that advanced Maples home to give Coastal the 8-0 victory.

Pineda ended the game with two hits, five RBI and two runs in two at bats, while being walked once. She tied Winans with a team high two assists. Hayden tallied two hits, one RBI and one run in four at bats. Donovan has two hits and one run in three at bats, while being walked once. Sara Rasley finished with one hit, two RBI and one run in three bats, along with a team high six putouts.

Quolas pitched six innings for Coastal striking out six, walking one and giving up two hits in 21 batters faced.

Taylor posted one hit in two at bats for Presbyterian along with a team high five putouts. McLean also had one hit in two at bats and led the team in assists with two.

Leslie Hensley pitched two innings for the Blue Hose striking out and walking two, while allowing seven hits in 15 batters faced.

The Chanticleers will play the winner of No. 3 Charleston Southern-No. 6 Liberty on Friday morning at 9 a.m. Presbyterian will play the loser of the Lady Bucs vs. the Flames game tonight at 9:30 p.m.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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