|Chanticleers Clip Seahawks In Sweep|
CONWAY, South Carolina – Coastal Carolina plated the winning run in the seventh inning of both contests to post a doubleheader sweep of UNCW, 4-3 and 6-5, in collegiate softball action Wednesday at the Carolina Forest High School Softball Field.
The Chanticleers improved to 28-18 overall with the sweep while the Seahawks moved to 13-27 on the season. UNCW returns to action Saturday as it opens a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series against Towson with a Noon doubleheader at Boseman Field. The contest will serve as the program’s Molly Maid Pink Game to Strike Out Cancer as the team’s will wear pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness.
Game one saw UNCW take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a triple by junior KC Shue and add two more runs in the second on a run-scoring double from freshman Jordin Phillips and a CCU error to build an early 3-0 cushion.
The Chants would counter the Seahawks outburst with three runs in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a UNCW error to plate the first run of the frame before using a double by freshman Megan Noad and a single by freshman Bri Chiusano to tie the game at 3-all.
The game would remain tied until the bottom of the seventh, when sophomore Kiana Quolas sent a 0-1 offering over the centerfield fence to give CCU a 4-3 victory.
Quolas was 2-for-3 at the plate to lead a Chants attack that recorded five hits in the opener. The Oxnard, Calif., native allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings in the circle to pick up the win.
Junior Morgan McCann and sophomore Krsiten Jernigan tallied two hits apiece to guide a UNCW lineup that finished with seven base hits in game one. Sophomore Jordyn Schmidt took the loss for the Seahawks to move to 4-12 on the season. Schmidt surrendered three runs (two earned) in 5.2 innings of work.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second of game two, UNCW would load the bases to open the frame before plating three runs on RBI singles from junior Kimmie Stewart, freshman CJ Moose and McCann to build a 3-1 advantage.
The two teams traded runs in the third as Moose expanded the Seahawks cushion to 4-1 in the top half of the frame on a single to left field, only to see CCU counter with a single from senior Cacia Pierre in the bottom of the frame to cut the Seahawks advantage to 4-2.
Stewart gave UNCW their second three-run cushion of the contest in the fifth with a single down the left field line that scored Shue to make it a 5-2 contest.
The Chants answered Stewart’s RBI single with a solo home run from Quolas in the fifth and a solo shot from Noad in the sixth to make it a 5-4 contest.
In the bottom of the seventh, CCU put together a pair of walks and an infield single with one out to load the bases for sophomore Kory Hayden, who hit a single to left field to tie the game at 5-all. Pierre would plate the winning run one batter later, hitting a sacrifice fly to center field that brought home Chuisano for the decisive tally.
Chuisano and Quolas tallied two hits and scored two runs apiece to highlight the Chants lineup in game two. Quolas picked up her second victory of the day in the nightcap to improve her record to 17-9 on the season. Pitching 3.2 innings in relief, Quolas gave up just one unearned run on one hit and two walks.Moose and Stewart finished with two hits and two RBI each to pace the UNCW attack in the nightcap while McCann was 1-for-3 with a RBI. Freshman Kayla Pine took the loss for the Seahawks in the circle to move to 1-6 on the campaign. Pine allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks in 6.2 innings in the circle. She struck out five.