Lady Chants ride Rahach’s arm to beat South Carolina

ccusoft-uscTaylor Rahach pitched a complete game seven-hitter in leading Coastal Carolina’s softball team to a 3-2 upset win over South Carolina.

It was a game played before a standing-room crowd only at the CCU Softball Stadium as both teams battled into the fourth inning before the Chanticleers broke through with all three of its runs.

CCU did not have a hit off USC starter and loser Jessica Elliott (9-8) until Timi Tooley led off the inning with a double giving CCU its first hit of the game. It did not take long for CCU to pick up its second hit as Kassidy Smith followed Tooley with a monster blast to center field to give CCU a 2-0 lead.

CCU added another run, which turned out to be a very important run, as Alexis Alvino worked a walk following Smith’s home run. She worked her way around to third base following a single from Chelsea D’Avilar and scored on a shallow pop up foul out off the bat of Angela Buccilli to USC first basemen Krystan Snaer, who made a diving catch going away from the field. The ever-alert Alvino sprinted home with the third and final run for the Chanticleers.

USC immediately cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the fifth when Snaer led off the inning with a solo blast to left field.

The score stayed that way until the seventh when the Gamecocks led off the inning with a walk to Snaer and Mackenzie Bossel followed with a single to put two runners on base with no outs.

From there Rahach picked up an out on a sacrifice to move the runners up a base and a ground out from Alyssa VanDerveer scored the second run. With two outs and the tying run on third, Rachach was able to get a fly ball from Victoria Williams to end the game.

CCU only had five hits during the game with Payton Hanson joining Tooley, Smith, Alvino and D’Avilar with hits.

Rahach finished the game allowing seven hits and striking out six in running her record to 12-3 on the season.

CCU moves to 28-13 on the season and the win over the Gamecocks was just the ninth win in the history for CCU in 60 games. It was the first win over USC since the 2012 season.

The Chants will be back in action be back home for a three-game Sun Belt Conference tilt against Georgia State. The games will include a Friday April 14 double-header which is set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday’s single game will also start at 1 p.m.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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