East Carolina Calms Red Storm With 8-0 Win
Feb. 20, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina closed the Pirate Classic on a three-game winning streak and got revenge for its only loss of the weekend by defeating St. John's 8-0 in five innings Sunday afternoon. The Pirates (7-4) got another complete-game shutout from senior Toni Paisley and freshman Jasmine Robbins hit the first ECU home run at the new facility in the bottom of the second inning. Freshman Jordan Lewis also helped the Pirate offense, collecting two hits, two runs scored and one batted in.
Paisley (6-2) earned the win and scattered five hits while fanning five. St. John's Kat Lawrence (3-1) suffered her first loss of the year after allowing six runs, five earned, through two-and-a-third innings. She walked four and struck out one. Linzee Sumrall pitched the next two-thirds of an inning before Aleshia Link closed the contest with the final inning-and-a-third. Sumrall gave up one hit and Link allowed three hits and two runs, none earned, while fanning three.
St. John's (4-6) mounted a threat in the top of the first inning, getting two runners on with two outs, but could not push across a run. After a strikeout looking started the game, Fachon Jones reached on a fielding error by freshman Alex Fieldhouse at third base. Junior Suzanne Riggs in left field made a sliding catch of a line drive for the second out, but Kristi Cady beat out an infield single to put runners on first and second with two down. Paisley ended the threat by striking out Jackie Reed looking.
The Pirates responded and took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Freshman Kristi Oshiro led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by classmate Rebecca Lee. After a pop out, junior Priscilla Velasquez dropped a single over the head of the pitcher and in front of the second baseman to drive in Oshiro. A groundout ended the threat.
In the top of the second, St. John's got its leadoff batter on when Amber Curry beat out an infield single with a slow roller to Fieldhouse. Curry stole second on a Myriah Rodgers strikeout and went to third on a groundout, but was left stranded when Julia Sanchez grounded out to Oshiro at second.
Robbins gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second when she hit the first East Carolina home run at the new facility with a two-out long ball over the wall in left field.
The Pirates added four runs in the bottom of the third to make it a 6-0 advantage. Oshiro led off with a single and Lee walked. Both moved up a base on a Riggs sacrifice bunt before Velasquez walked to load the bases. Oshiro came home on a wild pitch, which chased Lawrence from the game. Oshiro finished the weekend with six runs scored.
Sumrall entered to pitch and Lewis greeted her with a single that drove in Lee. Velasquez also scored on the play when the left fielder misplayed the ball, pushing the lead to 5-0. A fielder's choice was the second out, but Robbins walked to load the bases again. Senior pinch hitter Sissy Jimenez was then hit by a pitch to force in the final run of the inning. Oshiro lined out to the shortstop to end the threat.
The Red Storm generated its best scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth but failed to convert. Cady was hit by a pitch to start the inning. A pop out followed, but Curry singled to left to put runners on first and second with one out. Dominique Marcelino then dropped down a well-placed bunt for a single that loaded the bases. Paisley rebounded to retire Michelle Tilson on a pop out and Sanchez on a line drive to Oshiro to end the threat.
East Carolina ended the game in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs for the 8-0 victory. The Pirates loaded the bases on a single by Lewis, an error by the second baseman allowing freshman pinch hitter Jill Jelnick to reach and a hit by pitch of Robbins. Another freshman pinch hitter, Abby Wynne, drew a bases-loaded walk to force in Lewis for a 7-0 lead. Oshiro struck out but Lee singled through the left side to drive in Jelnick for the last run.
The Pirates have a quick turnaround as they return to the diamond Monday afternoon for a 4:00 p.m. contest against Hofstra.