ECU Rolls With 9-0, 8-0 Wins

UABSPORTS.COM Freshman Jill Jelnick stands on third after her triple Saturday against Lehigh. She went 2-3 with two RBI and two runs scored during the game.
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Freshman Jill Jelnick stands on third after her triple Saturday against Lehigh. She went 2-3 with two RBI and two runs scored during the game.
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Feb. 26, 2011

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina extended its winning streak to seven games with a pair of victories Saturday afternoon at the Pirate Clash. ECU downed Fairfield 9-0 in five innings during the first game and topped Lehigh 8-0 in six innings in the second contest. The Pirates (11-4) improved to 9-1 inside their new facility with the pair of victories. It is also East Carolina's sixth winning streak of seven game or more since the start of the 2009 season.

Senior Sissy Jimenez drove in two runs with a pair of hits and freshman Rebecca Lee had three RBI with a bases-loaded walk and single against Fairfield (1-3). Versus Lehigh (0-2), freshman Jill Jelnick and junior Suzanne Riggs led the offense, combining for five hits, four RBI and three runs scored. Senior Toni Paisley recorded the victory against the Mountain Hawks for the 95th of her career, the second most in Conference USA history. Paisley surpassed Houston's Angel Shamblin (2005-08/94) and trails DePaul's Lindsay Chouinard (2000-03/108) by 13 for the all-time record. Paisley is also now seven victories shy of Jenny Parsons' ECU program-best 102 wins.

In the opener, junior Faith Sutton (2-2) went all five innings, surrendering three hits and a pair of walks. Sutton also struck out one. Kelli Panter, Rae Ball and Emily Orr all pitched for the Stags with Panter (0-1) suffering the loss. She went three innings, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks. Ball went one-and-two-thirds frames and gave up five hits and five runs. Orr came in and recorded the final out.

Paisley (9-2) recorded the win in the second game, allowing just a sixth-inning single to Lehigh. She also issued three walks but struck out 11. Paisley now has 997 career whiffs. She will become the first pitcher in program or league history to reach the 1,000-strikeout plateau. Ashley Quigley (0-2) took the loss for the Mountain Hawks, throwing five innings and allowing five runs, two earned, on nine hits and a pair of walks. She also fanned a pair in the contest. Rebecca Bliss did not record an out in the sixth inning, but gave up three runs on four hits.

In the opener, the Pirates used four walks and one base hit in the top of the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. Freshmen Alex Fieldhouse, Abby Wynne and Jasmine Robbins drew free passes to load the bases before one to classmate Kristi Oshiro forced in Fieldhouse. Lee followed with a sharp single to left, driving in Wynne and Robbins for the three-run cushion.

Fairfield tallied its first hit of the game in the top of the second on a leadoff single by Alli Wigand. A fielder's choice, groundout and foul out ended the Stags' threat.

ECU tacked on another run in the top of the third. Freshman Jordan Lewis started the frame with an infield single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Fieldhouse and scored on a single up the middle by Jimenez.

The Pirates broke the game open in the top of the fifth inning with five runs for a 9-0 advantage. Riggs led off with a single up the middle and Lewis singled through the left side. Fieldhouse put down her second sacrifice bunt of the game, moving both runners up a base. Jimenez then delivered her second RBI of the game with a single to right field that drove in Riggs. The right fielder misplayed the ball, allowing Lewis to score for a 6-0 lead and advancing Jimenez to second.

Freshman Mahrisch Medina entered to pinch run for Jimenez and scored the seventh run of the game on a single to left center by Jelnick. Wynne followed with another single, putting runners on first and second with one out. After a fly out, Oshiro tallied an infield single to fill the bases before Lee drew a walk to force in Jelnick for an 8-0 edge. Freshman pinch hitter Taylor Megargel kept the runs coming with a single through the left side for her first career base hit and RBI. Lewis flew out to the warning track in left to halt the scoring.

Sutton surrendered a pinch-hit single to Macy Cutshaw and a base hit to Tiffany Lawson in the bottom of the fifth, but retired Kristen Filicia on a pop out to Jelnick near first base. The blanking was Sutton's first solo shutout of the season.

In the second game, ECU wasted little time getting on the board taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a two-out rally. Riggs singled to left with two down, stole second and came home on a single up the middle by Lewis. The base knock extended Lewis' hitting streak to a career-best seven games.

Lehigh recorded its first base runner in the top of the third when Lizzy Odren drew a one-out walk. A sacrifice bunt by Rosie Roessel moved Odren to second, but Paisley retired Audra Wood on a fly out to Riggs in left to end the threat.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Pirates added three more runs to make it a 4-0 edge. Jimenez led off with an infield single and junior Priscilla Velasquez followed reaching on an error by the second baseman. Sophomore Cicely Lopez put down a sacrifice bunt, moving both runners up a base. Megargel entered to pinch run for Velasquez and came home, along with Jimenez, on a triple to center field by Jelnick. Oshiro dropped a single into left in front of a diving Wood to plate Jelnick for the four-run lead.

The Mountain Hawks posed their best threat of the game in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with no outs when Jennifer Colquhoun and Carly Potock drew walks to open the frame. Jacqi Kennelly followed with a fielder's choice as Lopez went to field the grounder and step on third for the force, but could not handle the hard shot. Paisley rebounded to retire Odren on a pop out, Roessel with a strikeout and Wood on a whiff to end the threat.

East Carolina added another run for a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Riggs reached on a leadoff single as she beat out a slow roller to the third baseman. Lewis ripped her second single of the game to push Riggs to second with no outs. Riggs was caught stealing third and Lewis went to second on the double-steal attempt. Jimenez grounded out to the second baseman, but Velasquez came through, singling to right field to plate Lewis.

Lehigh broke up Paisley's no-hit bid in the top of the sixth with a single to right field by Alex Cueva. ECU retired the side on a fielder's choice, foul out and strikeout.

ECU closed the game in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three times for the 8-0 victory. Jelnick started the inning with a single to left before consecutive singles by Oshiro and sophomore Kai Clark loaded the bases. A wild pitch by Bliss brought in Jelnick before Riggs tripled down the right-field line to score Oshiro and Clark for the victory.

The Pirates complete their 11-game homestand tomorrow with a 3:00 p.m. contest against Campbell (8-5).