ECU Shutout By Portland State, 9-0
March 9, 2013
HONOLULU, O'ahu- Coming off a late-emotionally charged exhibition game victory over Tokyo Women's College of Physical Education earlier in the afternoon, East Carolina's softball team (8-12) was shutout,9-0, against Portland State (6-15) in its second game on Friday, March 8, at the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament.
The Pirates missed a golden opportunity to seize early momentum and the lead in the second inning. Freshman Casey Alcorn reached on a lead-off throwing error from the PSU second baseman and took second on junior Jordan Lewis' sacrifice bunt. Freshman Kelsi Briggs then walked to put a pair of runners on base. Both runners advanced into scoring position on a pass ball with only one out, but the next two ECU batters were retired on a strikeout and ground out to keep the game scoreless.
Portland State promptly jumped on the Pirates with a four runs in the bottom of the third frame. Lauran Bliss and Crysta Conn both singled back-to-back to start things off. After a pass ball to move each runner up a base, Carly McEachran drove in Lauran Bliss with a sacrifice fly. Becca Bliss then walked and a wild pitch on the play moved Conn to third. Conn came in to score on Alicia Fine's double. A single by Brit Hendrickson followed to score Becca Bliss and Alicia Fine with the last two runs of the frame.
The Pirates continue play in the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament with a contest against No. 21/24 Hawai'i at 11 p.m. (ET) on March 9.