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Chanticleers Split Two Games

 Courtesy: Coastal Carolina Media Relations

CONWAY – The Coastal Carolina softball team rolled to another five-inning win over Lafayette – this one by a 13-2 score – before falling to Virginia Tech 6-0 in the nightcap of Saturday's action in the Kickin' Chicken Classic.

The Chanticleers (2-1) pounded out 13 hits in their victory, including the first collegiate home run by freshman Annie Robinson and grand slam by Kory Hayden. Kailey Mailen added two more hits and two RBIs, while Bri Chiusano went 3 for 3 with a walk and three runs scored. Junior transfer Kelsey Dominik pitched four shutout innings to notch her first win as a Chant.

Virginia Tech (4-0), an NCAA regional participant each of the last three years, got a two-run homer in the first inning before Quolas held the Hokies in check until a four-run seventh.

Coastal scored in each of its four turns at bat against Lafayette, beginning with a three-run first. Chiusano drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on an RBI single to center by Quolas, who then was sacrificed to second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on an illegal pitch. After a pair of walks, Mellen made it 3-0 with an RBI single to left.

Chiusano got things started again in the second with an infield single and another steal. Quolas followed with her second single and Morgan Noad hit a two-run double to left.

The Chants then plated seven runs on six hits in the third inning, capped by Hayden's grand slam. Dominik led off with a single and Mellen came up with her fifth straight hit to begin her career, doubling to the gap in left-center for a 6-0 lead. Robinson then made her first hit a homer, hitting the trunk of one of the palms trees over the fence in center. Singles by Chiusano and freshman Devon Steiner and a hit batter later loaded the bases to set up Hayden's third career slam.

CCU tacked on its final run in the fourth when Sara Rasley hit a two-out double, moved to third on Chiusano's third hit and scored on an error.

Dominik allowed just three hits, struck out two and walked none in her four innings of work in the circle.

After allowing Kylie McGoldrick's two-run homer in the first inning, Quolas limited Virginia Tech to three hits over the next four frames to keep it a 2-0 deficit. However, Coastal was unable to put hits together against Hokies' starter Maggie Tyler. She allowed four hits and struck out 10 in the complete-game win. The Hokies then got five hits in the seventh, including another two-run homer.

Hayden had a pair of doubles in the game and Chiusano recorded her fourth steal of the season. Quolas and Dominik had Coastal's other hits.

The Chants will wrap up the tournament Sunday with a doubleheader against Maryland (1-2) beginning at 11:45 p.m. Virginia Tech and Lafayette play the first game at 9:30 a.m.
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