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Softball Set for Sun Belt Tournament Opener against ULM

CONWAY, SC – The No. 9 seeded Coastal Carolina softball team begins its quest to the 2022 Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship as the Chants will take on the No. 8 seeded ULM Warhawks in the opening round at Jaguar Field on the campus of South Alabama on Tuesday, May 10 at 11 a.m. ET.

The Chanticleers (21-27, 7-17 SBC) and the Warhawks (27-26, 10-17) faced off in the first round of the 2021 Sun Belt Softball Championship, with ULM downing CCU 8-6.

Notably, Tuesday’s contest is a single-elimination game with the winner advancing to face the No. 1 seed Louisiana on Wednesday at 11 am ET.

FOLLOW THE ACTION
Fans can follow all the action of the tournament on ESPN+ and live stats via StatBroadcast. Links for both ESPN+ stream and live stats can be found on the softball schedule page.

CHANTS’ LAST TIME OUT
With their regular-season finale series sweep of App State, the Chanticleers secured the No. 9 seed in the Sun Belt Softball Championship as Coastal enters the tournament 21-27 overall and 7-17 in conference play.

The Chanticleers downed the Mountaineers 2-0 in game one before using a walk-off home run for the fifth time this season to defeat its opponent, as CCU defeated App State 5-6 in game two. On senior day, CCU down App State 4-1 to record the sweep.

WARHAWKS LAST TIME OUT
ULM was swept in the regular-season finale by (RV) Louisiana May 6-7 in Monroe.

The Warhawks were downed 14-1 (5 inn.) in the series opener before dropping both games of a Saturday doubleheader, 10-3 in each contest.

HISTORY SERIES
The Chanticleers and Warhawks have met 19 times heading into the Sun Belt Softball Championship with ULM holding a 13-6 advantage over the Chanticleers.

Most recently the two teams met for a three-game conference series back in April, with the Warhawks taking all three games against Coastal Carolina in Conway.

Kaitlin Beasley Polko
Kaitlin Beasley-Polko was tabbed the Sun Belt Softball Player of the Week following the conclusion of the 2022 regular-season for her performance against App State.

Beasley-Polko claimed two of the three victories in Coastal Carolina’s series sweep of Appalachian State, limiting the Mountaineers to a single run and just four hits while throwing her seventh and eighth complete games of the season in 14.0 innings of work. The Leonardtown, Md. native posted 17 strikeouts during the series to improve to 12-9 overall on the season and 5-6 in conference play. Thursday’s game one saw Beasley-Polko throw her second shutout of the season and her third career one-hit game, and second against App State. Friday’s senior day saw the veteran pitcher allow one run off three hits and record 10 strikeouts in a game for the third time this season.

SUN BELT TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Coastal Carolina is 4-4 all-time in the Sun Belt Tournament, having reached the program’s first SBC tournament appearance in 2017, which saw the Chants knocked out of the tournament by UTA, 9-1 in the single-elimination opening round.

In 2019, Coastal Carolina entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed and knocked off their first three opponents, Georgia Southern, UTA, and Troy, before losing to No. 1 seed Louisiana with their first loss in the double-elimination format.

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS
makiya thomas and Iyanla DeJesus earned Coastal Carolina’s eighth and ninth all-time Sun Belt Conference honors, as Thomas was named to the All-Conference first time and De Jesus was named All-Conference second team.

Thomas has appeared in and started 38 games of Coastal Carolina’s 47 games this season, hitting for a team-leading .410 overall with nine doubles, six home runs, 16 RBI, and 32 runs scored. In SBC play, her batting average improved to .421 with five of her six home runs coming against league opponents.

In 47 games, De Jesus hit for a .331 overall average with 10 doubles, nine home runs, and 33 RBI with 13 runs scored. She tallied 10 multi-hit games this season with four games with three or more hits, including a four-hit game at Campbell in April, to go along with six multi-RBI games.

HOME RUN CLINIC
During the regular season, the Chanticleers hit 64 total home runs, which ranks them second in the Sun Belt, while opponents have hit 37. So far this season, 11 different Coastal players have hit home runs. Riley Zana knocked her team-leading 10th home run of the season against App State, while De Jesus and Maddy Jennings each have nine.

Keirstin Roose is close behind, having recorded eight homers, while Abbey Montoya and Thomas have each carved six. Payton Ebersole (5). madison hudson (4), Jay Wrightsman (3), Abby Jankay (two)and Shae Schreckengost (one) have also contributed to Coastal’s home run tally.

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

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