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No. 2 Seed Coastal Carolina No-Hits Third-Seeded Liberty

May 13, 2016  Rock Hill, S.C.   RSS
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Sarah Robertson drew a walk against Coastal Carolina.

Sarah Robertson drew a walk against Coastal Carolina.

No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina advanced to the semifinal round with an 8-0, five-inning victory over third-seeded Liberty, Friday, as Ashley Guillette pitched a no-hitter at Terry Field.

Coastal (36-20) will play in today's first semifinal game, at 4:30 p.m. against the winner of No. 1 seed Longwood and No. 6 seed Presbyterian. Liberty (31-27) falls to 1-1 during the 2016 Big South Softball Championship. The Lady Flames will meet fourth-seeded Radford in an elimination game at 2 p.m. The Chanticleers hold an 11-7 record in conference tournament play against Liberty.

The game was suspended last night, with Coastal Carolina holding a 3-0 lead during the bottom of the third inning. The contest resumed from the point of interruption, as last night's game was halted due to severe thunderstorms.

Guillette (11-6) allowed just three baserunners, yielding three walks during the five-inning no-hitter.

Liberty's Julia DiMartino (17-12) drew the loss, allowing three runs on two hits, with one walk and one strikeout in one inning pitched. Chandler Ball pitched 2 2/3 innings, yielding five runs on six hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. Chase Cassady retired the only batter she faced.

Taty Forbes batted 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Bri Chiusano (2-for-2) also scored three times. Morgan Noad went 1-for-1 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored, while Mackenzie Conrad (1-for-3) drove in two runs and Kelsey Dominik (1-for-2) had three RBI.

For Liberty, Sarah Robertson, Jaclyn Amader and Katie Han drew one walk each.

The Chanticleers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead during the bottom of the first. With two on and nobody out, Noad smashed a three-run homer to left-center.

Ball entered the circle in relief of DiMartino to begin the second frame, pitching a 1-2-3 inning.

Han drew a leadoff walk in the top of the third. A sacrifice bunt sent her to second. Tori Zavodny drove one to the fence that Chiusano snagged for the second out. Robertson lined out, ending the threat.

When the game resumed, the first five Chanticleers reached base. Conrad made it 4-0 with an RBI single on the infield, while a bases-loaded walk to Dominik boosted the lead to five. Ball retired the next three, sending the game to the fourth inning.

The Chanticleers staged a one-out rally during the bottom of the fourth. Chiusano and Forbes hit back-to-back singles before a walk to Noad loaded the bases. After an RBI groundout, Dominik made it 8-0 with a two-run single. Cassady came on to get the final out.

Guillette sealed the no-hitter with a 1-2-3 fifth, getting a lineout and two flyouts.