A 3-for-3 day at the plate for Mackenzie Conrad – including a pair of home runs, the last of which was a game-winning grand slam – allowed Coastal Carolina to walk away with a 14-10 victory over Charleston Southern to open the Big South Tournament in Rock Hill.
The two teams combined for 23 hits and eight home runs in the game.
Down 9-8 in the bottom of the fifth, the Chanticleers rallied for six runs, with Conrad’s grand slam the deciding blow.
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In addition, Conrad pitched two innings in relief, earning the win for her effort. She allowed two hits and tallied a strikeout.
Coastal Carolina will return to action Thursday at 4:30 p.m., taking on either Liberty or Presbyterian. The game will be streamed via the Big South Network.
Track and field
A solid opening day in Lynchburg, Va., has Coastal Carolina’s men’s and women’s track teams in favorable spots.
The Chanticleer men are tied for second heading into day two with 23 points, four points behind Liberty. As for the Coastal Carolina women, they find themselves in third with 28 points.
Ryan Minor’s performance in the hammer throw event was the high mark of the day for the Chanticleers, winning the event with a throw of 60.70 meters. With the win, he became the program’s first conference champion in the event since 2003.
The Chanticleers return to the track Thursday, with events starting at 9 a.m.