Lady Chants’ Noad shatters Big South home run record

ccusoft-noadSenior Morgan Noad became the Big South’s all-time career home run record leader, hitting her 67th in game one and 68th in game two, and led Coastal Carolina to a pair of victories (8-4; 7-2) versus the College of Charleston Wednesday afternoon.

Noad, who has 16 home runs this season, hit a two-run shot to left center field in the third inning of game one to tie league’s all-time mark of 67, set by Longwood’s Megan Baltzel during the 2015 season. Then, in the first inning of game two, she hit two-run homer to center to become the league’s all-time leader.

Coastal (22-18) pounded out 11 hits in game one with Taty Forbes (3-for-4) and Noad (2-for-4) leading the way. Mackenzie Conrad went 1-for-4 at the plate with a home run and three RBI.

College of Charleston got on the board first in game one with an RBI single from Kelly Sinclair for the 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

The Chanticleers responded in the bottom of the first inning. After Bri Chiusano walked and Forbes singled, Conrad followed with a three-run blast for a 3-1 advantage in the bottom of the first.

The Cougars added another run in the top of the second as Kashmir Huckaby homered for a score of 3-2.

Coastal took command in the bottom of the third. Forbes singled, then Noad went yard for a 5-2 lead, hitting her 67th career home run to tie the Big South career home run record. Kelsey Dominik walked followed by a single from Annie Robinson. Timi Tooley capped the scoring in the inning with an RBI single to plate Dominik for a 6-2 cushion.

In the top of the fifth, the Cougars’ Jordin Jones hit an RBI single to make the score 6-3 in CCU’s favor.

Robinson hit Coastal’s third dinger of the game, a solo shot, to give the Chanticleers a 7-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth.

Coastal added another run in the bottom of the sixth. Leadoff hitter Adriana Toro reached on an error then Forbes singled. Noad followed with an RBI single to send Toro home for the 8-3 lead.

The Cougar provided the final score of 8-4 as Jones homered in the top of the seventh.

Dominik (14-9) pitched a complete game to earn the win. She recorded five strikeouts while allowing eight hits and four runs.

In game two, the Chanticleers raced out to a 6-0 lead after three complete innings. Overall the team finished with 12 hits and four home runs.

In the bottom of the first inning, Forbes singled to set-up Noad’s record-setting, 68th career home run for a 2-0 lead.

Coastal stretched its lead to 5-0 with three runs in the second. Leadoff hitter Kailey Mellen (2-for-3) homered over the center field fence for a 3-0 lead. The Chants added two more runs thanks to an RBI single from Chiusano and an RBI ground out by Forbes.

Dominik hit a solo round-tripper in the bottom of the third to give CCU a 6-0 advantage.

Mackenzie Conrad put the Chants up 7-0 as she blasted a home run over the right field fence in the fifth to account for the team’s fourth homer of the game and seventh of the day.

The Cougars’ made a comeback bid in the sixth and seventh adding a run in each frame but ultimately fell short.

Ashley Guillette (6-6) pitched a complete game with 11 strikeouts. She allowed seven hits and only two runs.

Coastal will return to action this weekend with a conference road series versus the Winthrop Eagles. Friday’s single game with be streamed on ESPNU with first pitch set for 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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