East Carolina Runs Past Delaware, 9-1
Feb. 23, 2014
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The East Carolina softball team pounded out 12 hits and stole eight bases to support a complete-game by pitcher Sarah Christian in a 9-1 win over Delaware on Sunday morning at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic.
Christian (5-1) tossed all seven innings in the circle, scattering three hits and one run while walking none and striking out six. The Greenville, N.C., native recorded four, 1-2-3 innings on the day.
Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases, Jordan Lewis 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, three runs and two steals, while Shelby Johnson and Alex Fieldhouse had two hits and one RBI, respectively. Johnson also stole her team-leading 10th base of the season.
The Pirates got the offense going in the top of the first inning with a leadoff double by Kaluhiokalani-Glackin and a bunt single and stolen base by Johnson to put runners in scoring position with no outs. Kristi Oshiro hit a ball deep enough to left field to score Kaluhiokalani-Glackin on a sacrifice fly and give ECU a 1-0 lead.
After Christian retired the Blue Hens in the bottom of the frame, Lewis drew a leadoff walk to start the second inning, before reaching second on a sac bunt and stealing third. Following a groundout that kept Lewis at third, Meredith Mitchell hammered a stand-up RBI triple over the right fielder's head to make it 2-0 in favor of ECU.
East Carolina (7-4) padded its lead further in the top of the third, scoring four runs with two outs. Fieldhouse ripped an RBI single to left to score Johnson, and Lewis followed up with her second home run of the season - a two-run shot to left.
The long ball was the 16th of her career, placing her in a three-way tie with Marina Gusman-Brown (2009-10) and Fieldhouse for ninth place in program history.
Casey Alcorn drew a walk after Lewis' homer and stole second and third base on consecutive pitches, before scoring on a wild pitch to increase the Pirates' advantage to 6-0.
Christian continued to retire Delaware (2-7) hitters, as East Carolina manufactured a run in the top of the sixth on a leadoff single and stolen base by Kaluhiokalani-Glackin and a subsequent RBI groundout by Johnson extended the lead to 7-0.
A leadoff double to right center by Fieldhouse began the seventh inning, before Lewis pulled an RBI double to right center. Lewis stole third base and pinch-hitter Alex Mycek ripped an RBI single to left field to round out the scoring and give ECU a 9-0 advantage.