Coastal Carolina softball sweeps UNCW in doubleheader

From Coastal Carolina University:

CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University softball team stepped out of Big South Conference play April 7, sweeping UNC Wilmington 9-0 in game one and 6-1 in the nightcap.

The Chanticleers improved to 19-18 overall while the Seahawks fell to 6-25.

The Chanticleers started off the first game hot, scoring seven runs in first frame and adding an additional run in both the second and fourth innings.  Alyssa Tornatore went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, driving in two runs.

Coastal started the game patient at the plate with Stacy Snellings, Ashley Pisone and Jazmin Daigle each drawing walks.  Cacia Pierre sent the first run across the plate on a groundout, advancing all the runners.  Sarah Maples followed with a hit up the middle, scoring Pisone.  Tornatore made it a 3-0 game with a single through the left side, allowing Daigle to score.

Tabi Cain, who had her first career start, loaded the bases in her first at bat of the game by drawing a walk.  Mecaela Ballard brought in another two runs off a single down the left field line, scoring Maples and Tornatore and making it a 5-0 game with two outs.

An illegal pitch call scored Cain and advanced Ballard to second.  Snellings put runners at first and second after drawing another walk and Pisone doubled to right center field, scoring Ballard to bring the Chanticleer lead to 7-0.  The Seahawks finally got out of the inning on a groundout.

The Chanticleers added another run in the bottom of the second after Tornatore singled through the right side to bring home Maples, who was hit by a pitch.

The Seahawks tried to get something started in both the second and fourth innings, but left a runner stranded on third both times.

In the bottom of the fourth, Coastal led off with Daigle reaching base on an error and she advanced to second on a ground out.  Tornatore tallied her third hit of the night with a single to right field, sending Daigle to third.  Daigle scored the final run of the game after Piccirillo reached first on an infield error.

Katelin Edwards got the start in the circle for Coastal, pitching a three-hit shutout and improving to 9-6 on the season.  Amanda Davenport took the loss for the Seahawks, allowing nine runs on six hits.

In game two, Coastal started off hot again, scoring all six runs in the first two innings.  Pierre was the perfect Chant in game two, going 3-for-3 at the plate, including a three-run home run, while freshman Tabi Cain recorded her first collegiate career hit against the Seahawks.

In the first inning, Pisone drew her second walk of the day and Daigle followed with a single to the shortstop.  Daigle would take second on a throwing error.  Pisone scored off a single through the right side by Pierre.  Maples brought in the second run of the inning off a sacrifice fly to give the Chants an early 2-0 lead.

Ballard led off the second inning with a bunt and Snellings advanced her to second with a sacrifice bunt of her own.  Ballard got to third on a wild pitch and Pisone drew another walk to put runners at the corners.  During Daigle's at bat, Pisone stole second and Ballard stole home, putting another Coastal run on the board with one out.  Daigle reached first on a drop fly ball and Pierre cleared the bases with a three-run homer over the center field fence, giving the Chants a 6-0 lead.

UNC Wilmington tried to get something started in the third, but came out of the inning with only one run.

Ashley Frederick pitched game two for Coastal, allowing one run on five hits and striking out three in five innings before Edwards came in to finish the game, allowing two hits.  Frederick improves to 10-11 on the season and Samme Lisowsky took the loss for the Seahawks, falling to 3-11 on the season.

The Chanticleers are back on the road for a three-game series at Gardner-Webb April 10-11.