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Coastal Carolina Posts 11-2 Win Over Liberty
Liberty trimmed a 4-0 deficit in half with a two-run fifth on Sunday, before the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers pulled away in the sixth, scoring an 11-2 victory over the Lady Flames at CCU Softball Stadium.
The Chanticleers (26-11, 8-1 Big South) swept all three games from the Lady Flames this weekend in Conway. Liberty falls to 6-31 on the campaign, with a 1-11 Big South ledger.
Ashley Bagwell (9-6) picked up her second straight win, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking one in six innings of work.
Grace Nordan (1-2) drew the loss, giving up 11 runs (five earned) on eight hits while fanning one and walking 12 in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Coastal's Kory Hayden went 1-for-3, hitting her team-best 15th homer of the season and driving in four. Morgan Noad batted 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Amanda Daneker hit 1-for-1 with two RBIs.
Megan Robinson batted 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for the Lady Flames, while Kelby Allen hit 2-for-3. Blair Lawrence and Katie Zavodny both recorded one hit.
Liberty recorded a pair of hits during the top of the first, beginning with a one-out single by Robinson. Allen followed with a hit, but Robinson was ruled out when the ball hit her on the basepaths. Bagwell then struck out Shivock for the third out.
Coastal Carolina loaded the bases with one out in the first inning, on two walks and a hit batter. Nordan then got out of the jam with a strikeout and groundout.
The Chanticleers jumped ahead by plating four second-inning runs. With one out and the bases loaded, Nordan issued run-scoring walks to Daneker and Hayden. Noad then hit a single up the middle for Coastal's third run, and Sara Rasley made it 4-0 with an RBI groundout. Jessie Winans lined out, bringing the second inning to a close.
Bagwell retired the Lady Flames in order in both the second and third innings. Robinson and Allen then hit back-to-back singles to lead off the fourth, before the Coastal right-hander got the next three batters in a row to keep the score at 4-0.
The hosts left the bases loaded at the end of the fourth stanza, as Winans drove a fly ball to the left field wall, which Lawrence snared on the warning track to quell the rally.
Liberty staged a rally with two outs in the top of the fifth. Lawrence and Zavodny both singled, and Robinson followed with a two-run double down the left field line. Robinson's double cut Coastal's lead in half, to 4-2. Allen then fouled out, ending the Lady Flames' fourth time at bat.
For the second inning in a row, Coastal stranded three runners in the bottom of the fifth, as Hayden flied out to center with two outs and the bases full of Chanticleers.
Shivock drew a leadoff walk in the sixth frame, and Han reached on an error with two outs. Seiz sent a sharp liner to short, which shortstop Winans caught.
Coastal Carolina scored seven times in the bottom of the sixth, ending the game via run rule, 11-2, on Hayden's three-run home run. Only one out of the Chanticleers' seven runs was earned, as a pair of Liberty errors kept the inning alive.
The Lady Flames remain on the road early this week, and will play a three-game midweek series at Big South rival Radford on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's doubleheader will begin at 4 p.m. at RU Softball Field.