Coastal Carolina 2, Georgia Southern 1
Ashley Bagwell fanned 10 and Sarah Maples
had a clutch RBI double in the fifth as Coastal Carolina eliminated
Georgia Southern, 2-1, from the NCAA Athens Regional on Saturday.
The Chanticleers (44-19) will play No. 21 North Carolina, who lost
3-2 to Georgia in Saturday’s first game, at 5 p.m. on Saturday for the
right to play Georgia in the Regional championship game on Sunday.
The win ties the 1994 squad, who finished the season 44-15, with the
most wins in a single season. Additionally, the victory was the Chants’
first in an NCAA Regional since the 2000 team posted a 3-1 win over Penn
State at the Tempe Regional.
Bagwell got the Chants started on the right foot in the first inning
as she sat the Eagles down in order on K’s. Maples drew a leadoff walk
and was advanced to second on a Brooke Donovan sacrifice; however, Georgia Southern got a pair of popups to escape the inning.
Bagwell would repeat her first inning performance in the second as
she struck out the side after giving up a leadoff single; however, the
Chanticleers would go down in order to leave the game tied at 0-0.
Both teams advanced runners to second in the third inning, but neither side could muster a hit to plate the runner.
Georgia Southern broke the scoreless affair in the fourth with an RBI
sac fly off the bat of Andrea Tarashuk. Marie Fogle beat out a close
play at first to start the inning and was a sacrificed over to third on a
single to right off the bat of Kaitlyn Johnson. Tarashuk then stepped
to the plate a sent a towering fly to left, scoring Fogle.
The Chanticleers answered right back in the home half of the frame with a run of their own. Kory Hayden drew a leadoff walk and was replaced on the base paths by Courtney Howell. Kiana Quolas then bunted Howell to third and Jazmin Daigle drove the sophomore home with a sharp single back up the middle.
Georgia Southern applied serious pressure on the Chants in the fifth
as the Eagles loaded the bases with two outs thanks to a pair of weak
singles and a walk. However, Bagwell was able to get Fogle to pop up her
1-2 offering to Jessie Winans in shallow left field to escape the jam.
Coastal made Georgia Southern play from behind for the first time in
the NCAA Athens Regional as the Chants scored one in the fifth to take a
2-1 lead. After Winans was issued Coastal’s fourth leadoff walk of the
game, Georgia Southern went to the bullpen and replaced starter Sarah
Purvis with Allie Miles. The move was ill advised as Sarah Maples
sent Miles’ fifth pitch of the game to the left-center field wall for
her 11th double of the season, plating Winans. Coastal would load the
bases with two outs after a pair of walks, but Chelsea Pineda flied out to left field to end the scoring threat.
Bagwell would face the minimum over the final two innings as she
picked up the win. The sophomore gave up six hits and allowed one earned
as she improved to 16-8 on the season. Purvis (23-12) took the loss for
Georgia Southern allowing two runs on one hit, while failing to record a
strikeout for the first time this season.
No. 21 North Carolina 5, Coastal Carolina 3
Coastal Carolina’s record setting season came to an end at the hands
of No. 21 North Carolina by the way of a 5-3 final in the second
elimination game of the NCAA Athens Regional on Saturday.
Coastal Carolina ends its superb season with a 44-19 record, which
ties the CCU all-time mark for wins in a single season. Additionally,
the Chanticleers won the program’s first Big South title since the 2006
season, made its first NCAA Regional since 2006 and won its first NCAA
Regional game since 2000.
North Carolina (43-14) leadoff batter Kelli Wheeler homered on Kiana Quolas'
fifth pitch of the game to give North Carolina an early 1-0 lead. Amy
Nece followed with a bunt single and advance to second on a wild pitch
before she was drove home by a single off the bat of Ally Blake. Haleigh
Dickey then reached on a fielder’s choice. A wild pitch moved both
Blake and Dickey into scoring position. Blake would score on an RBI
single by Constance Orr and Dickey via a Jordan Scarboro line drive to
left-center, making the score 4-0 after half an inning of play.
After sitting the Chants down in order in the bottom of the first,
North Carolina added another run in the top of the second. Nece drew a
one-out walk and stole second to put herself in scoring position with
Amber Parrish at the plate. Parrish delivered Nece with a double to the
gap in left, putting the Tar Heels in front 5-0.
Chelsea Pineda picked up Coastal’s first hit of the game with a two-out double down the left field line in the second inning. Kelsey McNaughton was inserted to run for Pineda; however, she would be stranded at second as Jazmin Daigle grounded back to the pitcher for the final out of the inning.
The pitchers took charge over the third and fourth innings, allowing no runs and only a single base runner each.
The Chanticleers broke through on the scoreboard in the fifth with two runs to cut UNC’s lead to 5-2. Cacia Pierre led off the frame with a sharp single to left. Tamara Hawkins, inserted to pinch run for Pierre, moved to second on a single through the right side by Daigle. Jessie Winans
walked to load the bases for Maples. The senior made the most of her
bases-loaded opportunity as she smacked a high-bouncing single to second
that was mishandled by the Tar Heel second baseman to score both
Hawkins and Daigle.
brought Coastal a run closer to the Tar Heels in the sixth with her
15th blast of the season. The co-Big South Freshman of the Year was
1-for-6 in the Regional prior to the no-doubter down the left field
line. Hayden is now tied for second in the CCU annuals for most home
runs in a single season.
Lori Spingola (33-11) allowed seven hits and three earned runs, while
striking out four to earn the win. Quolas (24-11) allowed five runs on
nine hits to take the loss.
Maples and Pierre led Coastal at the plate with each picking up two
hits. Scarboro went 3-for-3 with an RBI to pace North Carolina.
The game marked the conclusion of the careers of seniors Chelsea Pineda, Sarah Maples and Stacy Snellings.