March 12, 2013
HONOLULU, Hawai’i– East Carolina’s softball team (8-14) lost a competitive 3-0 game to Syracuse (6-10) on Monday, March 12, at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. ECU has now lost three in a row and have been shutout in all three contests during the losing streak
Courtney Smith (1-5) was the tough-luck loser in allowing three runs (one earned) in throwing a complete game with three walks and two strikeouts. SU’s Stacy Kuwik (5-3) earned the win in throwing the complete game two-hit shutout. She struck out four and didn’t walk a batter in the victory.
The Pirates’ first inning started promising with junior Jill Jelnick reaching on a bunt single, but a pop out, a strikeout and a caught stealing ended the frame quickly for ECU.
The Orange threatened immediately and eventually scored three in the first. Shirley Daniels was hit by the first pitch of the game. She then stole second, but was thrown out at home by ECU centerfielder Meredith Mitchell on Veronica Grant’s single up the middle. Another hit by pitch put two runners on base, Corinne Ozanne then singled into left field to drive in Grant from second. After a walk to load the bases, the Orange scored back-to-back runs to end of the first on errors from each member of the left side of ECU’s infield to make the score 3-0 after one in a score that would hold up the rest of the day.
Alex Fieldhouse stopped a streak of 11 straight Pirates being retired with her two-out single in the fourth inning, but she could advance no farther in the inning. The
Smith needed to pitch out of a two-out jam in the fourth inning. Daniels reached base safely for the third time and was hit by a pitch for the second time. After a fielder’s choice grounder, in which the ball was thrown away by the shortstop to allow Daniels to reach third, Smith got a nice running defensive play in foul territory from left fielder Jelnick to end the frame.
The Pirate defense turned a nice double play in the sixth inning as Kristi Oshiro fielded a grounder at second with a runner on base, threw to Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin at short, who then relayed the ball to Jordan Lewis at first for the twin killing.