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Chanticleers Blank Lady Flames, 9-0
Coastal Carolina posted a 9-0, six-inning victory over Liberty on Friday, striking for seven runs over the final two innings to secure the doubleheader sweep.
Coastal Carolina (33-20, 18-5 Big South) had won the opening game of the series, 5-1, earlier in the day. The Lady Flames (19-32, 8-15) will enter Saturday's series finale looking to end an 11-game winless streak.
Ashley Bagwell (11-8) pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout, fanning nine Lady Flames while walking none.
Kory Hayden and Brooke Donovan both hit 3-for-4, with Hayden homering and driving in four runs. Jessie Winans batted 2-for-2 with a round tripper and two runs scored.
Jill Stephens and Megan Robinson recorded Liberty's two hits during game two.
Annah Jo Brittingham (8-11) drew the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Kenzie Friesen yielded four runs on three hits, before Alyssa DiMartino gave up just one hit during one inning of relief.
Brittingham and the Lady Flames held the Chanticleers scoreless during the first two innings. Winans then broke the scoreless tie with a homer to open the third frame. Brittingham then retired Coastal in order.
Robinson broke up Bagwell's no-hit bid when she singled after one out in the bottom of the third. The Coastal right-hander then recorded the final two outs of the inning.
The visitors added a run to their total during the fourth, when Brooke Donovan lined a double to left center that plated Morgan Noad.
Stephens singled as Liberty's fourth-inning leadoff batter, and went to second on a groundout. Amber Donovan then reached on a fielder's choice, leaving runners on first and second. Bagwell then fanned Kelby Allen, before a groundout by Hanna Nichols ended the scoring chance.
Bri Chiusano reached on an error in the fifth frame, and scored when Quolas doubled to the gap. Hayden followed with a two-run blast, pushing Coastal's advantage to 5-0. Friesen then entered the circle for Liberty, and worked in and out of a bases-loaded jam.
The Chanticleers registered four tallies in the sixth, putting the game out of reach. Kory Hayden hit a two-run single with the bases loaded, and Quolas later scored on a wild pitch. DiMartino then came on in relief of Friesen. After giving up an RBI single to Brooke Donovan, DiMartino got out of the inning with a fielder's choice and a double play.
The Lady Flames went in order during the home half of the sixth, and the game ended via run rule, 9-0.
The Lady Flames and Chanticleers will close out their respective Big South schedules tomorrow, when the two teams meet at 1 p.m. at Liberty Softball Field. Liberty will celebrate Senior Day tomorrow, honoring outfielder Jill Stephens and manager Abbie Seale prior to the game.