Lady Chants knock off first ranked team in 14 seasons

On Saturday afternoon at CCU Softball Stadium, the Coastal Carolina softball team opened up Sun Belt Conference play as they split a pair a 4-2 games with the 20th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns.

The game two victory over Louisiana is the first victory for Chanticleers over a top 25 opponent since March 4, 2004, versus Oregon State. Offensive help from three Chanticleer home runs including two from junior shortstop Alexis Alvino played a big role in the game two victory.

Coastal scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Kassidy Smith led off with the third Chants’ home run of the game and her third dinger of the season. Not done, next batter freshman catcher roped a single to right field as the momentum continued for the Chanticleers. After a pinch runner Payton Hanson stole second base and was able to move over on a wild pitch to third base, the sophomore scored on a deep sacrifice fly ball by junior Natalie David.

In the top of the seventh, Chants’ starter Ashley Guillette allowed the first three Cajun batters to reach base, but then was able to pick up an out on a fielder’s choice by Alisssa Dalton. Coach Kelley Green decided to make a change and bring back game one starter, Kaitlin Beasley-Polko to close out the game. The freshman did just that as she got Beth Ashley to ground into a 5-3 double play to end the game and pick up her second save of the season.

Guillette picked up her eighth win of the season as the junior threw 6 1/3 innings as she allowed two runs on five hits.

Alvino’s two home runs in game two now gives her a team-high five for the season.

In the opener, Louisiana picked up the 4-2 win as they scored three runs on three hits from Lexie Comeax, Beth Ashley, Kourtney Gremillion along with two Chant wild pitches and one error.

Coastal led in hits for the game, 5-4, but left 10 runners on base.

Coastal Carolina and Louisiana wrap up the three-game set on Sunday afternoon at noon with the rubber match.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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