CHARLESTON, S.C. - Coastal Carolina launched seven home runs on Tuesday afternoon, as the Chanticleers swept a doubleheader against Charleston Southern at the CSU Softball Field, 11-3 and 11-2.
The teams combined for nine home runs on the day with Stephanie Sbardella and Hayes Holdsworth both going deep for the Buccaneers, while Morgan Node led the way for Coastal Carolina with two home runs of her own in a rematch of last year's 2012 Big South Conference Softball Championship Game.
Charleston Southern falls to 6-31, 0-11 in Big South Conference play on the season, while Coastal Carolina improves to 22-13, 9-2 in conference action with the pair of wins.
The Buccaneers remain at home as Charleston Southern hosts Canisius tomorrow afternoon in a nonconference doubleheader. First pitch between CSU and the Griffins is set for 2 p.m.
Game One: Coastal Carolina 11, Charleston Southern 3
Bri Chiusano, Kiana Quolas and Kory Hayden had three hits apiece for the Chanticleers in Tuesday's opener and Morgan Noad and Sara Rasley had home runs as Coastal Carolina jumped ahead early in the 11-3 victory over CSU.
Jana Matthews had two hits for the Buccaneers, while Linzy Rother and Lizzy Olmstead both had doubles to pace the Charleston Southern offense in the game.
Jennifer Giles (2-22) suffered the loss for the Buccaneers, allowing 11 runs and 16 hits in the loss, while striking out five Chants in the game. Kiana Quolas (12-6) picked up the win in a complete game effort, striking out eight while scattering four hits.
Coastal Carolina jumped ahead early, plating a run in the first inning and three more in the second in building a 4-0 lead.
Jazmin Daigle opened the scoring with a RBI single in the top of the first, driving in Bri Chiusano. Coastal built on their lead in the second inning as Chiusano, Qualas and Kory Kayden all drove in runs to stake Quolas to the early lead.
Quolas kept CSU's bats down heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, retiring 14 batters in a row before giving authorizing a walk to Natalie Yonan in the frame.
Coastal Carolina, in the meantime, expanded on their lead in the fifth and sixth innings as Noad connected on a solo home run with two outs in the top of the fifth, while Hayden doubled in Chiusano in the top of the sixth to put Coastal ahead, 6-0.
The Bucs struck back for two runs in the top of the sixth as Yonan snapped Quolas' momentum drawing a one out walk in the inning. Stephanie Sbardella followed with a walk, putting runners on first and second. Matthews followed with a line drive to left field and her hit deflected off the left fielder's glove on its way to the fence, allowing both runners to score on the play to cut the deficit down to 6-2.
Coastal Carolina struck for five more runs in the top of the seven with Rasley providing the big blow in the frame with a two-run blast to put the Chants ahead 11-2.
CSU took one back in the bottom of the seventh inning as Rother and Olmstead hit doubles in the frame, before Ari Tedesco brought in the runner on a Coastal Carolina error.
However, Quolas limited the damage, retiring the next two batters to end the CSU threat and the game.
Game Two: Coastal Carolina 11, Charleston Southern 2
Coastal Carolina took advantage of a steady wind blowing out from left field as the Chants connected on five home runs in the contest in picking up the 11-2 victory and the afternoon sweep over Charleston Southern.
Stephanie Sbardella and Hayes Holdsworth both went deep for the Buccaneers to provide the CSU offense in the game as the Bucs fell to 0-10 in Big South Conference play on the season.
Linzy Rother (3-8) suffered the loss on the day for Charleston Southern, pitching 2.2 innings in her 11th start of the season, while Holdsworth closed out the contest, hurling the final 3.1 innings in the loss.
Ashley Bagwell (8-5) picked up the win on the day, scattering three hits over the five innings, allowing eight strikeouts overall. Morgan Mastriania closed out the contest, pitching the final inning for the Chants.
Charleston Southern provided the first blow of the game as Sbardella sent a towering drive over the left field foul pole for the first run of the game with two outs in the bottom of the first inning.
Coastal Carolina responded with five runs in the top of the second to take the lead for good on the day. The Chants were led by a three-run home run by Jessie Winans, while Kiana Quolas also went deep in the inning to put the visitors ahead, 5-1.
Holdsworth battled back for the Buccaneers in the bottom of the second, driving a line drive home run over the left field fence to leave CSU down three runs after the first two innings.
After a scoreless third inning, Coastal Carolina plated one run in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth to close out the scoring in the contest.
Jazmin Daigle doubled in Courtney Howell for the CCU run in the fourth inning, while home runs by Noad and Hayden capped the scoring in the fifth and Rasley's two-run shot finished the scoring in the sixth.
Bagwell retired 10 CSU batters in a row at one point in keeping the Charleston Southern offense at bay and Mastriania closed out the game in the sixth to end the contest.