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Maryland squeaks out two wins over CCU softball in Kickin' Chicken Classic

 Courtesy: Coastal Carolina Media Relations

CONWAY – The Coastal Carolina softball team dropped a pair of tight, back and forth games to Big 10 member Maryland on Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Kickin' Chicken Classic, falling 4-3 in eight innings after a 3-1 decision in the opener.

The Chanticleers (2-3) rallied from one-run deficits three times in the second game, before Maryland (3-2) pulled ahead for good with a run in the eighth inning under international tiebreaker rules.

Coastal outhit Maryland 7-6 in the game, with Kelsey Dominik, Kiana Quolas and Morgan Noad each collecting two. Dominik had a home run and RBI double, while Quolas tied the game at 3-3 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning on an RBI single. Dominik also pitched all eight innings, suffering the tough loss. She allowed three earned runs and struck out three.

As it did in the day's first matchup, Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Lindsey Schmeiser homered. The Chants evened it up for the first time in the second when Noad hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on Dominik's double to deep right-center.

The Terrapins made it 2-1 in the top of the fifth with an infield single, stolen base and another single. However, Coastal came right back in the bottom of the inning as Dominik led off by homering over the fence in center for her first as a Chanticleer.

Maryland regained the lead again in the top of the sixth on a single, groundout, wild pitch and sacrifice fly. The Chants threatened in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with two outs, but a strikeout ended the frame.

Dominik stranded a Terrapin runner at third in the top of the seventh to keep it a one-run game and Coastal took advantage of a dropped fly ball by Maryland to start the bottom of the inning. Pinchrunner Timi Tooley was moved to second on a sacrifice by Devon Steiner and advanced to third on a groundout. Quolas then lined 1-0 pitch into center to tie it for the final time.

Maryland got an RBI single with two outs in the top of the eighth and the Chants were unable to answer again in the bottom of the inning.

The first matchup was tied at 1-1 before Maryland used three hits – half of its total for the game - to score twice in the top of the sixth. Coastal had an opportunity in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with no outs on three straight walks. However, a flyout to shallow right, strikeout and groundout stranded the runners.

Bri Chiusano had two of Coastal's four hits in the game against Maryland pitcher Hannah Dewey. Quolas took the loss, allowing three earned runs and striking out five.

The Chants tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth inning as Sara Rasley hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a throwing error when Kasey Oliver stole second after drawing a walk.

Coastal returns to action next weekend as host for the Battle at the Beach. The Chants will open the tournament against Big 12 member Iowa State Friday at 3 p.m. and follow that with a game against St. Bonaventure. SEC member Ole Miss is also in the tourney field.

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