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Coastal Softball opens Sun Belt Championship tournament play on Thursday

CONWAY, S.C. – The fourth-seeded Coastal Carolina softball team heads to San Marcos, Texas, for the 2024 Sun Belt Conference Championship Tournament. After receiving a bye, the Chants will face No. 5 seed Troy in the quarterfinals at 2 p.m. ET.

FINAL TIMEOUT

  • The Chants earned their fifth conference series win of the season when they defeated James Madison 2-1.
  • CCU defeated JMU 8-7 in the series opener with the help of four RBIs from Sun Belt Player of the Week Georgia Cap.
  • Hood and Iyanla DeJesus hit back-to-back home runs in game one. This is the third time this season that CCU has hit two consecutive home runs.
  • Brie Normandin scored her second multi-RBI game of the year, helping the Chants secure an 8-4 win over the Dukes.
  • With the series win, CCU finished 14-10 on the season, the Chants’ best Sun Belt Conference record in program history.

EXPLORING THE OPPONENT

  • Troy has an overall record of 33-21 and finished 13-11 in Sun Belt play.
  • The Trojans are on a two-game losing streak after suffering a 2-1 series loss to No. 17 Louisiana.
  • Troy also dropped two Sun Belt series to No. 23 Texas State and South Alabama.
  • The Trojans had two student-athletes, Taylor McKinney and Audra Thompson, named to the 2024 Sun Belt All-Conference second team.
  • Jade Sinness leads the team with a batting average of .355. The senior has also made her mark in the Sun Belt, ranking fifth in RBIs (44), eighth in runs scored (42) and 10th in on-base percentage (.450).
  • Libby Baker leads the pitching with a 14-11 record and a 3.65 ERA while striking out 53 batters this season.

HISTORY AGAINST

  • CCU has a 9-13 record against Troy.
  • The Chants suffered a 2-1 series loss to the Trojans during the regular season.
  • Coastal and Troy have met twice in postseason play, with the Chants sporting a 2-0 record.
  • CCU has been outscored 55-46 in its last ten games against the Trojans and will look to break its two-game losing streak.
  • The first meeting took place in February 2014 and the Chants achieved a 4-1 victory.

FUTURE OPPONENTS

  • If the Chants beat the Trojans, they will face the winner of No. 1 Louisiana and No. 8 James Madison in the semifinals.

LAST YEAR AT THE SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

  • The Chanticleers then reached the quarterfinals in 2023 Delaney Keith launched a walk-off home run in the 10e inning to defeat Southern Miss.
  • The Chants suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Marshall Thundering Herd in the quarter-finals.

For complete CCU softball coverage, follow the Chanticleers on social media at @CoastalSoftball (Twitter), @GoCCUSports (Instagram) and facebook.com/CCUChanticleers (Facebook) or visit the official home of Coastal Carolina Athletics at goccusports.com.