Coastal softball picks up 4-1 win at Southern Miss on Friday

Coastal softball picks up 4-1 win at Southern Miss on Friday
Coastal softball picks up 4-1 win at Southern Miss on Friday(CCU Athletics)
Published: Apr. 21, 2023 at 9:34 PM EDT
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Coastal Carolina softball team (31-14, 8-8 Sun Belt) took an early 1-0 lead in the series after downing the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (19-18, 3-12 Sun Belt) 4-1 on Friday in Hattiesburg, Miss.

It was a pitcher’s duel in the opening five innings with Raelee Brabham recording five-straight 1-2-3 innings while striking out five hitters and Southern Miss’ Morgan Leinstock throwing 5.0-scoreless frames and recorded three strikeouts to keep the score level at 0-0.

Just three hits were recorded in the first five innings, all of which came off CCU’s bat. Abbey Montoya reached first base twice off a bunt and a single down the left-field line while Riley Zana crushed a single of her own to shortstop.

The Chants broke the game open in the top of the sixth inning when Keirstin Roose drilled a single up the middle and Libby Pippin reached first base on a hit-by-pitch. Montoya then continued her perfect game when she smashed an RBI single to left field to put the Chants on the scoreboard at 1-0. The next hitter, Diamond Williams, followed suit when she hammered a two-run double off the left-field wall to extend Coastal’s lead to 3-0.

CCU notched an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning after Maddy Jennings capitalized off Delaney Keith’s leadoff single when she hammered a sacrifice fly deep into right field to drive in one run and put Coastal up 4-0.

Southern Miss got one run back in the bottom of the seventh inning when Hannah Borden blasted a leadoff home run over the left-field wall but relief pitcher Nicolette Picone closed the door on the Golden Eagles to secure her seventh save of the season to give CCU the 4-1 win.

Brabham (11-7) tallied her 11th win of the season pitching five 1-2-3 innings while striking out six hitters and giving up one run in her 6.0 innings of work in the circle.

The Chanticleers will return to the field Saturday at 2 p.m. ET for game two of the series in Hattiesburg, Miss.