April 11, 2017
CONWAY, S.C. – Leaving nine on base, South Carolina (23-17) stumbled in a 3-2 loss at Coastal Carolina (28-13) on Tuesday afternoon at CCU Softball Stadium.
The Chanticleers got all they needed in the fourth. Timi Tooley led off the frame with a double, the first hit for Coastal in the contest, and Kassidy Smith followed with a two-run home run to put CCU on top. A walk ended Gamecock senior Jessica Elliott’s day, and Chelsea D’Avilar greeted Nickie Blue with a single. A wild pitch moved both into scoring position, and Angela Buccilli got a sacrifice fly into foul territory to score Alexis Alvino.
South Carolina made it 3-1 with the first batter in the fifth, as senior Kaylea Snaer drilled a pitch out to left for her seventh homer of the year. In the seventh, Snaer walked, and freshman Mackenzie Boesel followed with a single. Junior Krystan White used a sacrifice bunt to move both into scoring position, and the lead runner scored on junior Alyssa VanDerveer’s groundout. With a runner on third and two down, Coastal starter Taylor Rahach (12-3) got a fly ball to left to end the rally and game.
The Gamecocks left nine runner on base in the contest, including runners in scoring position in the first four innings as well as in the sixth and seventh.
Rahach took the victory, scattering seven hits and three walks while giving up two earned runs and striking out six. Elliott (9-8) took the loss, allowing all three earned runs on two hits and a walk. She fanned two.
Rahach mixed pitches and kept South Carolina off balance in the contest.
The Gamecocks went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Boesel went 3-for-4 with a double to lead the Gamecocks.
Snaer went 1-for-2 with the solo homer and two walks. Those walks move her into third on South Carolina’s all-time list.
Junior Tiara Duffy went 2-for-3 with a stolen base.
Five different Chanticleers collected hits, with Alvino and Tooley knocking doubles and Smith the home run.
The loss ends South Carolina’s 31-game winning streak to in-state foes that dated back to 2013.
The Gamecocks take on Mercer on Thursday at 5 p.m. EDT before hosting No. 1/2 Florida State on Friday and Saturday. Dawn Staley throws out the first pitch on Saturday as part of the promotions for the week.