Lady Chants claim 30th win of season with sweep of PC

The Coastal Carolina softball team secured its second straight 30-win season with a doubleheader sweep of Presbyterian College Saturday afternoon, notching a 6-2 victory in the first game before taking the second 5-1.

With five straight victories, the Chanticleers improved to 30-18 for the season and 15-5 in Big South Conference play. Presbyterian fell to 19-26 overall and 5-12 in the conference.

Bri Chiusano had three hits and two runs scored in the opener, while Jazmin Daigle added two hits and two RBIs. Cacia Pierre led the way in the second game, hitting two home runs and driving in three runs. Kiana Quolas and Ashley Bagwell picked up victories in the circle, combining to allow just one earned run in the two games.

Following three dramatic victories during the middle of the week, the Chants were in control of both games Saturday after taking early leads.

In the opener, CCU used a pair of hits and three Presbyterian errors to score two runs in the first. Chiusano led off with a single to center and went to second when the ball was misplayed. She moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an error that allowed Kory Hayden to reach. After the third PC error, Daigle dropped an RBI single into left-center. It was her 11th double of the season and 33rd of her career, tied for seventh-most in Coastal history.

The Blue Hose got on the board in the fourth, putting together back-to-back singles and taking advantage of a Coastal error.

However, the Chanticleers answered in the bottom of the inning as Chiusano ripped an RBI single off the glove of the third baseman following walks to Morgan Noad and Jessie Winans.

Coastal then made 5-1 with a pair of runs in the fifth. Pierre walked and pinch-runner Courtney Howell stole second. Daigle then hit an RBI double over the rightfielder. After a sacrifice by Paige Goldsack moved Daigle to third, she hustled home on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Noad, sliding in ahead of the tag.

An RBI single by Quolas in the sixth capped the CCU scoring. Chiusano reached on an infield hit and stole second before scoring on Quolas base hit to left-center. It was her 11th double of the season and the 33rd of her career, tying for seventh-most in Coastal history.

Presbyterian scored its second unearned run of the game in the seventh, but finished with just three hits against Quolas (18-9). She retired the first 10 Blue Hose hitters and finished with nine strikeouts and just one walk.

Coastal also scored in the first inning of the second game. Quolas singled to right, advanced to third on a double to right-center by Hayden and scored on a grounder to second off the bat of Pierre.

Pierre then hit solo homers in the third and fifth, both over the center-field fence, for her second career mulit-home run game. She now has seven homers for the season and moved into a tie for fourth place on Coastal’s all-time list with 23 in her career.

The Chants added two more runs in the sixth to make it 5-1. Howell reached on an error, stole second and went to third when the throw went into centerfield. Winans then hit an RBI double to the gap in left-center. Chiusano then blooped a single over the third baseman and both runners moved up a base on a double steal. Winans then scored on a sacrifice fly by Hayden.

Bagwell (10-7) allowed just five hits, with PC’s lone run coming on a homer by Cat Tarvin in the fourth inning. She allowed just one other Blue Hose runner past first, struck out nine and walked three. She was also backed by solid Coastal defense, with Winans and Hayden each making tough stops on grounders in the top of the sixth, with the Chants ahead by just two. Offensively, eight of Coastal’s nine starters in the lineup had at least one hit.

CCU will go for the three-game sweep Sunday at 1 p.m., after honoring its seniors prior to the game.

 

Coastal also scored in the first inning of the second game. Quolas singled to right, advanced to third on a double to right-center by Hayden and scored on a grounder to second off the bat of Pierre.

Pierre then hit solo homers in the third and fifth, both over the center-field fence, for her second career mulit-home run game. She now has seven homers for the season and moved into a tie for fourth place on Coastal’s all-time list with 23 in her career.

The Chants added two more runs in the sixth to make it 5-1. Howell reached on an error, stole second and went to third when the throw went into centerfield. Winans then hit an RBI double to the gap in left-center. Chiusano then blooped a single over the third baseman and both runners moved up a base on a double steal. Winans then scored on a sacrifice fly by Hayden.

Bagwell (10-7) allowed just five hits, with PC’s lone run coming on a homer by Cat Tarvin in the fourth inning. She allowed just one other Blue Hose runner past first, struck out nine and walked three. She was also backed by solid Coastal defense, with Winans and Hayden each making tough stops on grounders in the top of the sixth, with the Chants ahead by just two. Offensively, eight of Coastal’s nine starters in the lineup had at least one hit.

 CCU will go for the three-game series sweep Sunday at 1 p.m., after honoring its seniors prior to the game.

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