March 3, 2013
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TEMPE, Ariz. - The East Carolina softball team (8-11) rapped out 12 hits and six runs in a 6-0 win over North Dakota (2-10) on Sunday morning on the final day of the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational. The win snapped a three-game losing skid. The shutout was the third of the season for ECU and equals the total from all of last season.
Sophomore Courtney Smith (1-4) picked up her first win of the season in going the distance and scattering five hits. The shutout was the second of her career. UND's Michelle Frank (2-6) allowed five runs in her three innings and was tagged with the loss. Emma Gronseth threw the final four frames for UND and allowed just one run.
Freshmen Casey Alcorn and Kelsi Briggs plus junior Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin all recorded multiple hits in the game. Alcorn also crossed the plate twice for the ECU attack.
The Pirates had three hits and two runs in the opening inning. Junior Kristi Oshiro ripped a one-out single through the right side and moved all the way to third on Alcorn's single into short left field. Junior Jordan Lewis worked the count to 2-2 and then pushed a single up the middle to score Oshiro with the first run. Alcorn was able to move to third on the play and later stole home as Lewis stole second for the second tally of the opening inning.
Briggs, Kaluhiokalani-Glackin and freshman Meredith Mitchell are reached on base hits to start the second inning, but a line out and two ground outs allowed UND to escape unscathed and keep the margin at 2-0.
Smith needed to pitch around a lead-off single in the bottom of the frame to Caralyn Chewning, but successfully navigated the situation with a pop out, a fielder's choice ground out and a strikeout to keep UND scoreless.
ECU added three to the advantage in the third inning. Alcorn tripled to the gap in right center and scored on senior Kai Clark's RBI single. Briggs moved Clark to second with a solid single to left. Kaluhiokalani-Glackin followed with an infield single. The attempted throw back to the plate was wide and to the backstop to allow Clark to scamper in with the fourth run of the game. Junior Jill Jelnick followed a single to score Briggs with the fifth run of the contest and third of the inning.
In the fourth, after D Jantzer walked the Pirate defense turned a double play from Oshiro to Alcorn to Lewis to end the UND potential rally.
Oshiro recorded a two-out bases on balls in the sixth inning and raced around the bases with the team's sixth run on junior Alex Fieldhouse's double to left field.
The Pirates will next make a trip to Hawai'i to participate in the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament from March 8-10. ECU is scheduled to begin play with an exhibition contest against Tokyo-Women's College PE at 9 p.m. (ET) on March 8. East Carolina will then take on Portland State at 11 p.m. (ET) also on the first day of the tournament.