WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Freshman pitcher Casey Rowland recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts, but Coastal Carolina was able to push across a run in the top of the tenth inning to edge UNCW, 1-0, in the nightcap of a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday at Boseman Field. The Chanticleers took the opener of the twin bill by a 10-0 margin.
CCU improved to 35-17 on the season with the doubleheader sweep while the Seahawks moved to 8-40. UNCW opens its final home series of the season Saturday at Noon with a doubleheader against Colonial Athletic Association foe Delaware.
Rowland's 12 strikeouts matched the program's single-game record in that category, equaling the mark set by former hurler Jess Luckett against Marist on March 19, 2005. Rowland allowed one unearned run in her 10 innings of work in game two as she surrendered just three hits, all singles, and issued four walks.
Junior Cacia Pierre and sophomore Jessie Winans both tallied two hits and drove in four runs apiece to power a Coastal lineup that finished with 12 hits on the afternoon. Pierre and Freshman Kory Hayden both recorded home runs for the Chanticleers as they finished with three extra-base hits on the afternoon.
Freshman Kristen Jernigan finished with three hits and senior Laura Sykes tallied two for UNCW, who ended the day with 10 hits. Freshman Jordan Critcher drew four walks during the twin bill as she extended her team-leading walk total to 26.
Game two served as a classic pitcher's duel between Rowland and Chanticleers sophomore Ashley Bagwell as the duo limited the two teams to just 10 hits over the first nine innings of the contest.
In the top of the tenth inning with the international tie breaker rule in effect, the Chanticleers were able to take the lead after Winans recorded a two-out single to right field that brought home sophomore pinch runner Nicole Saggiomo from third.
In the bottom half of the frame, Bagwell was able to strike out the first two batters she faced before a single by Buckworth put the tying run on third. UNCW was unable to draw even, as Bagwell got the next batter she faced to ground out to end the contest.
Bagwell improved to 11-8 on the season as she scattered nine hits and four walks in 10 innings. She struck out six, including four of the final six batters she faced.
Coastal came out of the dugout on fire in the opener, notching nine runs in the first two innings to take control of the contest. The Chanticleers sent 19 batters to the plate in the offensive outburst, scoring four runs in the opening frame before adding five more in the second. Coastal tacked on its final run in the third and the game was called after the fifth due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Freshman hurler Kiana Quolas kept UNCW from mounting any comeback attempt, allowing just one hit and striking out four. The Oxnard, Calif., native boosted her record to 20-8 on the season.
UNCW senior pitcher Amanda Davenport was tagged with the loss in game one and fell to 7-20 for the year. The Seahawks' ace struggled in the circle, allowing eight runs, six earned, on six hits in just 1 1/3 innings.
Sykes replaced Davenport in the second inning and pitched the rest of the way, allowing two runs on three hits before the game was called after the fifth.