Paisley Throws Perfect Game Against Binghamton
March 3, 2007
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina pitcher Toni Paisley threw her first collegiate perfect game in a 10-0 five-inning win over Binghamton before Keli Harrell allowed one run in a 7-1 victory over James Madison. The Pirates have won all four games of the Pirate Clash and will face JMU in the championship game Sunday at 1 p.m.
Paisley struck out six batters while facing the minimum 15 batters. She struck out two of the final three batters she faced before being congratulated by her teammates.
"I actually didn't even realize that I had not allowed a hit until Coach Koz (Kozlowski) congratulated me," said Paisley. "Then I found out it was a perfect game. It's a big step for me and I hope to keep getting better."
The Pirates put up five runs in both the first and second innings giving a cushion to the freshman pitcher. Kaui Tom led off the game with a walk and then stole second base. Charina Sumner hit a ball back to the pitcher and reached third base on a two-base error, scoring Tom and giving the Pirates the run they would need. After Paige Baggett bunted home Sumner from third, Erin St. Ledger's double center field scored two more Pirates.
In the nightcap, ECU picked up a 7-1 win over the Dukes to finish pool play 4-0. Keli Harrell improved her record to 7-3, pitching a four-hit complete game.
The Pirates scored the game's first two runs in the second inning off RBI singles from Cristen Aona and Beth Nolan. East Carolina would add two more in the fourth inning when Jessica Johnson connected on a two-RBI double. Nolan would stretch the Pirates' lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth with her second RBI of the contest before JMU put a run across in their half of the sixth. East Carolina had gone 23 2/3 innings before allowing the run. ECU shut the door on the Dukes in the bottom of the sixth when Jessica Johnson slapped her second RBI-double of the game and Christina Merrida scored when St. Ledger reached on a fielder's choice.