Softball Falls To No. 22 Baylor, 5-2
March 2, 2013
MESA, Ariz. – East Carolina’s softball team (7-10) gave No. 22 Baylor (17-3) all it could handle in a 5-2 loss in the program’s first game on the second day of the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational on Saturday. The Pirates had a runner on third and she was racing for home when an alert play from the Baylor centerfielder turned a would-be single into a fielder’s choice to end the sixth inning.
Baylor scored first with a tally in the opening inning. Thumann walked, stole second and scored on a Hays’ double down the left field line.
ECU fought back and tied the game in the bottom of the second. Freshman Casey Alcorn picked up the team’s first hit of the game on her lead-off single. She moved to second as junior Jordan Lewis was hit by a Repka offering. Freshman Kelsi Briggs then hit into a fielder’s choice to eliminate Alcorn at third for the first out. Clark hit a fielder’s choice grounder to third in which no outs could be recorded to load the bases with only one out. After a strikeout for the second out, Mitchell lined a ball off the shortstop to score Lewis with the first ECU run.
A nice running catch at second by Oshiro and throw back to Lewis at first led to a double play to stop the momentum Baylor was gaining in the third after Hays had reached on a one-out fielding error.
The Bears put a pair of runners on base in the fourth inning as Canion hit a rocket just above Oshiro’s glove and into right field and Clare Hosack drew a two-out walk, but Christian induced a ground out to first to end the inning and keep the game tied at one all.
The Pirates clawed out a run in the fifth inning. Junior Jasmine Robbins started the rally and inning with a single into short left field. Fellow junior Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin ran for Robbins and moved to second on Mitchell’s sacrifice bunt. Junior Jill Jelnick walked to put runners on first and second with only one out. After a fly out to center to advance Kaluhiokalani-Glackin to third, junior Alex Fieldhouse reached on a fielding error that scored Kaluhiokalani-Glackin.
The Pirates continue play in the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational and travel back to Arizona State campus for a 6:30 p.m. (ET) contest against No. 3/3 Arizona State (19-0).