Sunday’s area sports briefs

From staff reportsFebruary 24, 2013 

Garik Yedigarian won the decisive match at No. 4 singles as the Coastal Carolina men’s tennis team defeated defending Big South champion Radford 4-3 on Sunday, snapping a long losing streak to the Highlanders.

It is the first time since 1995 that Coastal has defeated the Radford, the winner of five of the past six Big South championships.

Leo Christofides, Matias Di Pasquale and Hunter Whalen also had singles wins for Coastal (3-2, 1-0 Big South).

CCU softball

• Coastal Carolina 5-5, Loyola Chicago 1-3 | Morgan Noad and Kiana Quolas hit three-run home runs in the first and second games, respectively, to lead the Chanticleers to a sweep in the Kickin’ Chicken Classic at Carolina Forest High School.

Quolas (2-4) also got the win on the mound in the first game, allowing one run on five hits.

CCU women’s tennis

• (At) South Carolina-Upstate 4, Coastal Carolina 3 | The Spartans jumped out to a 3-0 lead before holding off the Chants.

CCU men’s golf

Coastal Carolina’s Sebastian Soderberg shot 4-under 67 to sit in a tie for second place after the first round of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational men’s golf tournament.

Soderberg was four strokes behind North Florida’s Kevin Phelan, and the Chanticleers were in fifth after shooting 3-over 291. The Ospreys were in first place after shooting 276.

Peter Valasek was tied for 25th (72), Andrew Dorn was tied for 43rd (75), Ben Wheeler was tied for 55th (76) and Roberto Ballesteros (was tied for 76th (79).

Pro golf

•  Murrells Inlet’s Zack Byrd lost in a three-way playoff in the Florida Professional Golf Tour’s Wildwood Open and Pro-Am.

Orlando, Fla.’s Eric Cole beat Byrd and Orlando’s Gene Jones with three straight pars in extra play.

The trio finished at 135. Byrd (68) earned $1,900.

On Saturday, Byrd holed a 3-iron from 235 yards for a double eagle.

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