Coastal softball splits with Elon Tuesday

Conway, SC - From Coastal Carolina University

CONWAY, SC – The Coastal Carolina University softball team was in action today (March 23) as it split a doubleheader with Elon, falling 13-1 in game one and winning the nightcap 2-0 from the Coastal Carolina Softball Field. The Chanticleers remain at .500 with the split at 14-14 on the season while Elon goes to 18-6.

In game one, the Chanticleers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning after Ashley Pisone got hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. Mecaela Ballard advanced Pisone with a sacrifice bunt and a Sarah Maples single to the shortstop sent her to third on the throw. Stacy Snellings drove in the run with a hard-hit single up the middle to take 1-0 lead after three innings of play.

Elon answered back in the top of fourth with five runs of its own. The Phoenix led off the inning with back-to-back hits as Kaitlyn Piazzolla brought everyone home with a two-run shot over the left center field fence. Elon added two more runs, recording five hits in the inning.

The Phoenix added another run in the sixth and seven more runs in the seventh to give Elon a 13-1 advantage. Junior Katelin Edwards struggled in the circle, allowing seven run on nine hits and falling to 5-6 on the season. In the fifth, Michelle Evans came in to relieve Edwards, allowing six runs to cross the plate.

Things turned around for the Chanticleers in the second game as Ashley Frederick handled Elon at the plate, striking out nine batters and allowing just four hits in the shutout. Frederick improves to 9-7 on the season.

Coastal got on the board early, scoring its first run in the first. Snellings doubled down the left field line with one out and Jazmin Daigle followed with a single of her own to right field, sending Snellings home.

In the second inning, the Chants added another run with Cass Stuart drawing a walk to lead off the inning. Pisone sent Stuart to second with a single through the left side and Ballard laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to put two runners in scoring position. Maples sent the comfort run across the plate and reached first on an error by the first baseman. Coastal would get out of the inning with an early 2-0 lead, which proved to be enough to get the win.

The Chanticleers return to the field tomorrow as they take on in-state foe South Carolina in a 6 p.m,. match up at the Coastal Carolina Softball Field.