Pirates Again Split Games on Second Day of Pirate Classic
Feb. 9, 2013
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Freshman Casey Alcorn totaled four hits in her five at-bats on the day and also reached base with a walk. The Hummelstown, Pa. native ran her consecutive base-reaching streak to seven straight plate appearances before committing the first out of her career against Ohio. She walked twice on Friday in a pinch hit role against Cleveland State and Ohio, went 3-for-3 against Rider in her first career start in Saturday's first contest, recorded a hit and a walk in the team's evening nightcap against Ohio, before going down swinging in her final at-bat.
In the first game, the Pirates used a quick change of momentum from Rider having loaded the bases in each of the first two innings to plate five runs in bottom of the second inning.
ECU looked to be in serious trouble in the opening stanza against the Broncs. Freshman Mary Beth Smith, in the first start and second appearance in the circle of her young career, gave up a one-out single to Amanda Irving. Irving moved to second as Allysen Breeden walked. Dani Sensi then followed with a single through the left side to load the bases. Smith slowly began to steady herself and recorded back-to-back strikeouts, both looking, to stem the tide and keep the game scoreless after the opening frame.
Rider again loaded the bases in the second. Samantha Judd, Kehil Washington and Irving all reached on two-out singles, but the rally was again thwarted as Smith continued to keep any Broncs from reaching home with a lineout to right field to end the inning.
The Pirates offense awoke with five runs in the bottom of the frame. Junior Jasmine Robbins was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Senior Kai Clark followed with her first home run of the season to give the Pirates a 2-0 advantage. Alcorn then rapped a single through the left side. The hit was the first of her career. Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin recorded a bullet off the Rider pitcher to move Alcorn to second. Junior Jill Jelnick then punished a single to right field that went under the glove of the hard charging Broncs' right fielder and rolled to the wall to score all three base runners for a three-run error to increase the margin to 5-0.
ECU added a single tally in the third inning. Alcorn singled, moved to second base on a hit and then third on a wild pitch, before racing home on a Jelnick ground out to the second baseman.
It was a rough start for ECU in the second game with Ohio scoring five runs in the opening stanza. Alexia Cortez struck out, but reached first on a pass ball. She then stole second and raced in with the first run of the game on Sloan Walker's single. Walker, who moved up to second on the attempted play at the plate, scored on Lauren Gellerman's RBI single. A walk to Caitlin Colvin and a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt attempt, in which no outs could be recorded, loaded the bases for D.J. Engelman. Engelman wasted no time with a two-run double to score Gellerman and Colvin. Timmie Rappie drove in the final run of the inning with a ground out.
The Pirates' offense had numerous chances to close the gap throughout the game and stranded a total of 12 runners in the contest including at least one runner in six of the seven innings.
ECU continues hosting the Pirate Classic on its third and final day as the Pirates take on the Towson Tigers on Sunday, February 10, at 1:00 p.m.