Feb. 9, 2014
ST. GEORGE, Utah – The East Carolina softball team suffered a 10-0 defeat at the hands of Nevada to close out the Red Desert Classic Sunday afternoon.
Senior outfielder Shelby Johnson went 2-for-3 on the day to lead East Carolina (2-3) marking her third straight multi-hit game. The Texas Tech transfer had two hits in each of the team’s final three games of the season-opening tournament.
Nevada (3-1) scored three runs in the top of the first inning, as the Pirates were forced to make two pitching changes to get out of the inning. ECU then put runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the opening frame after a Johnson double and Kristi Oshiro single, but was unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
The Wolfpack tacked on one more run in the top of the second inning, before exploding for six runs in the fourth to build its 10-run lead. East Carolina committed five errors in the shortened game, resulting in five unearned runs for Nevada.
Senior infielder Alex Fieldhouse and freshman Kacie Oshiro each had a hit, while Oshiro’s was the first of her young collegiate career. Sarah Christian recorded all 15 outs in the circle for the Pirates, allowing seven hits and just three earned runs to go with one walk and three strikeouts.
McKenna Isenbberg pitched a complete game shutout for Nevada, scattering five hits and walking none over five innings of work. ECU starter Caroline Umphlett took the loss.
Defensively for the Pirates, Kristi Oshiro, who has primarily played second base during her streak of 172-consecutive starts, made her first appearance at shortstop since March 28, 2012 at UNC Wilmington.
East Carolina will head to Waco, Texas next weekend, Feb. 14-16, to compete in the Getterman Classic at Baylor University.