March 10, 2013
HONOLULU, Hawaii- East Carolina's softball team (8-13) was shutout in a run-shortened contest for the second straight game in falling to No. 21/24 Hawai'i (16-5) by an 8-0 score on Saturday, March 9, in the second day of the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Sarah Christian (6-6) started for the Pirates, surrendered three runs on four hits and was tagged with the loss. Courtney Smith pitched a pair of innings and allowed just one run and two hits while striking out a pair. Freshman Mary Beth Smith had a rough inning of work that saw her give up four runs and two walks. Kaia Parnsby (14-2) earned the win with six shutout inning and eight strikeouts.
It was another rocky start for ECU as Hawai'i scored three in the opening frame. Kelly Majam was hit by a Christian offering, moved to second on Kayla Wartner's single to short right field and both runners moved up a base on a walk to Keiki Carlos. After a fielder's choice grounder to third to eliminated Majam at the plate, Leisha Li'ili'i drove in two with a single to center. The ball was also thrown away on the attempted play at the plate to allow the third run to score.
Hawai'i attempted to put together a two-out rally in the second on a Majam single and a Wartner hit by pitch, but Christian induced a ground out to escape the inning unscored upon.
Junior Kristi Oshiro ripped a one-out double in the third for the first and only Pirate hit in the game, but the next two were retired on a strike out and a line out to keep the margin at three.
The fifth started promisingly with junior Jordan Lewis drawing a walk. After a strikeout and then pop out on a bunt attempted, fellow junior Jasmine Robbins struck a ball well that was run down in right-centerfield by Majam up against the wall.
Hawai'i hit three home runs in a span of five batters to score four runs in the fifth inning. Solo back-to-back blasts from Majam and Wartner to each side of center field made it a 5-0 game. After a walk to Iwata, Li'ili'i hit a line drive shot that barely rose over the wall to increase the deficit to seven.
The Rainbow Wahine finished the game with a double steal of home to see Alyssa Villalpando score ahead of the attempted throw back to home as Brynne Buchanan stole second.