Quolas hurls no-hitter to lift Coastal past North Carolina

ccusoft-quolaspomKiana Quolas pitched the first no-hitter of her Coastal Carolina career on Wednesday evening, leading the Chanticleers to a 3-0 shutout of North Carolina at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium.

Quolas struck out five Tar Heels in the game, with two of them coming in the seventh inning, including the final out to cap off the achievement in style. She had previously pitched three one-hitters, including one this season. Just three North Carolina batters reached against the junior right-hander – on two walks and an error – no Tar Heel got past first base.

“Any one of their nine and even their entire bench can come in and get the job done so for her to do it against a quality team like that is unbelievable,” head coach Kelley Green said. “She pitched a phenomenal game. Credit to (assistant) coach (Kristen) Erb for calling a phenomenal game and our defense behind her made some fantastic plays as well. But Q was spot on and really mixed up speeds well and was just nasty today.”

Quolas (10-3) also notched her 56th career victory and moved into a tie with Sara Norwood for the second-most wins in Coastal history. She now trails only Michelle Hall in the record book. The no-hitter is the first for Coastal since Morgan Mastriania tossed a five-inning one against Saint Peter’s two years ago.

Quolas’ performance against an ACC-level team was also helped by a Chanticleer defense that came up with some big plays, while Morgan Noad provided the offense, driving in all three runs on a home run and a two-run triple.

The Chants’  first defensive highlight came in the second inning when centerfielder Brooke Donovan laid out to make a sensational diving catch in left-center and rob the Tar Heels of a possible extra-base hit. Amanda Daneker followed up by throwing out a pinchrunner trying to steal second, ending the inning.

Noad then led off the bottom of the frame with a deep flyball to center that went off the tip of the glove of UNC centerfielder Amy Nece and over the fence for her fifth homer of the season.

The first triple of Noad’s career then made it 3-0 in the third. Jessie Winans drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on an infield single by Bri Chiusano. A groundout by Quolas moved Chiusano to second and, two batters later, Noad hit a line drive down the right-field line to the corner.

The strong CCU defense showed up again in the fifth inning as Hayden dove to her right to grab a groundball up the line and turn it into an out. Quolas then helped herself by snagging a grounder right back at her to end the inning.

The lone error came with two outs in the sixth. North Carolina leadoff hitter Kristen Brown sent a grounder up the middle and shortstop Winans was able to get a glove on the ball, preventing a hit, but her throw was wide of first. Quolas followed by getting an inning-ending groundout and then retired North Carolina’s 3 and 4 hitters before striking out pinch-hitter Jillian Ferraro.

Coastal totaled six hits against Lori Spingola, the Tar Heels’ No. 1 pitcher, who took the loss to fall to 6-6. Noad was the only player with multiple hits.

Coastal is back in action for its final home regular-season tournament this weekend. The Chanticleer Showdown will be held Friday through Sunday and include No. 18/21 Minnesota, College of Charleston, Fordham, Georgia State and Troy. The Chants will take on Georgia State Friday at 4:30 p.m., followed by a matchup against Troy at 6:30 p.m.

Photo by Joel Beachum

Comments

comments

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars The wholesale changes to the 2018 South Carolina football season [more]

Chants on break for finals week after loss to Terriers

Chants on break for finals week after loss to TerriersSophomore Tre Brown had a career and team-high 24 points, [more]

CAC swimmers post hot times at Snowflake Invite

CAC swimmers post hot times at Snowflake InviteThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) spent the weekend in Rock [more]

Knox's triple-double lifts Seahawks past Panthers

Knox's triple-double lifts Seahawks past Panthers Myrtle Beach High sophomore Emorie Knox hit a major milestone [more]

CAC's Steele captures gold at Winter Junior Nationals

CAC's Steele captures gold at Winter Junior NationalsCarolina Forest senior and Coastal Aquatic Club standout Taylor Steele [more]

SEAHAWKS STORM PAST GREER FOR STATE TITLE

SEAHAWKS STORM PAST GREER FOR STATE TITLE Over the summer, the Myrtle Beach players were gathered inside [more]

Green Sea Floyds captures first state championship

Green Sea Floyds captures first state championshipFacing fourth down and a sneaker, Green Sea Floyds coach [more]

Hoops: Sharks beat buzzer, Warriors on late foul shots

Hoops: Sharks beat buzzer, Warriors on late foul shotsThe St. James High boys basketball team won a thriller [more]

Schools send football team to state with Seahawk Walk

Schools send football team to state with Seahawk WalkThe Myrtle Beach High football team received a hero's send-off [more]

Hoops: Myrtle Beach boys double up rival Socastee

Hoops: Myrtle Beach boys double up rival SocasteeThe Myrtle Beach High boys basketball team doubled up rival [more]

Seahawks' strange season takes a final twist to state

Seahawks' strange season takes a final twist to stateMickey Wilson has led his team to state championship games [more]

Hoops: NMB boys, CF girls fall short in comeback bids

Hoops: NMB boys, CF girls fall short in comeback bidsWhat appeared to be a pair of lopsided affairs turned [more]

MB's shot at state crown moved to Friday afternoon

MB's shot at state crown moved to Friday afternoonGame time has been moved up a day for the [more]

Socastee product Renfrow titled nation's top walk-on

Socastee product Renfrow titled nation's top walk-onThe Burlsworth Foundation announced Monday that wide receiver Hunter Renfrow [more]

Sun Belt puts 5 in bowls after inaugural title game

Sun Belt puts 5 in bowls after inaugural title gameAfter a thrilling 30-19 win by Appalachian State over Louisiana [more]

Gamecocks get close bowl trip to Charlotte vs. Cavs

Gamecocks get close bowl trip to Charlotte vs. CavsSouth Carolina football fans won't have to travel far to [more]

No. 2 Tigers in high Cotton for bowl game against Irish

No. 2 Tigers in high Cotton for bowl game against IrishThe College Football Playoff and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl announced [more]

Hoops: Conway wins; NMB gives female coach first win

Hoops: Conway wins; NMB gives female coach first winThe Conway High boys basketball team came down from its [more]

Seahawks flip the script on No. 1 Hartsville in rematch

Seahawks flip the script on No. 1 Hartsville in rematch Myrtle Beach exorcised its biggest demon from the 2018 regular [more]

Green Sea Floyds transitions from struggles to state final

Green Sea Floyds transitions from struggles to state finalAs the clock ticked toward zero, Josh Slobodiak searched for [more]

Chants go cold during key stretch, fall to Gamecocks

Chants go cold during key stretch, fall to GamecocksZac Cuthbertson recorded his fourth double-double of the season, but [more]

Gunter tops seven Chants earning Sun Belt awards

Gunter tops seven Chants earning Sun Belt awardsCoastal Carolina football had three players earn all-conference accolades and [more]

Seahawks eye redemption in rematch with Hartsville

Seahawks eye redemption in rematch with HartsvilleThe film was nearly as painful as the game itself. A [more]

Hoops: CF rolls past NMB; Conway tops Wilson in OT

Hoops: CF rolls past NMB; Conway tops Wilson in OTThe Carolina Forest boys basketball team opened the season Tuesday [more]

Williams nets honor after carrying CCU to big wins

Williams nets honor after carrying CCU to big wins Junior guard DJ Williams of the Coastal Carolina women’s basketball [more]

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars The wholesale changes to the 2018 South Carolina football season [more]

Chants on break for finals week after loss to Terriers

Chants on break for finals week after loss to TerriersSophomore Tre Brown had a career and team-high 24 points, [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach