March 29, 2013
EL PASO, Texas - Junior Alex Fieldhouse had three hits and five RBI to power the East Carolina softball team (11-21, 2-5 Conference USA) to a come-from-behind 9-4 victory over UTEP (12-17, 1-5 C-USA) in the first game of the doubleheader on Friday afternoon. The win snapped an ECU five-game losing streak in league play.
ECU scored eight of its nine runs in the game in the fifth and sixth inning with all scoring with two outs.
Junior Sarah Christian (9-9) evened her record on the season. She threw her ninth complete game of the season and allowed four runs, while scattering eight hits. Danielle Pearson was tagged with the loss and allowed nine runs (seven earned) in her 5.2 innings of work in the circle.
Besides Fieldhouse's strong offensive effort, junior Jill Jelnick scored three runs and junior Kristi Oshiro walked three times and cross the plate The Pirates scored a run in the opening inning. Jelnick reached on an error and moved to second on an illegal pitch. Oshiro then walked to put two runners on base. Fieldhouse followed with a double to score Jelnick and leave runners on second and third with no out. The next three ECU batters were retired in order though to prevent a much larger inning.
UTEP quickly took the lead with two runs in the first. After loading the bases on a pair of walks and a single, Danielle Pearson struck a ball up the middle to score two and give UTEP the early lead.
ECU again were thwarted in a potential game-tying situation in the fourth inning. Freshman Kelsi Briggs reached on a fielding error and then moved to second on an illegal pitch with only one out. But after Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin was inserted to run for Briggs, the next two batters were retired on a fly out and ground out to keep the Miners in the lead.
The Miners added a single tally to the advantage in the fourth inning on a bunt single with a charging runner on third. Ashley Collazo starting the frame by reaching on a double and moved to third on a single to the second baseman. Miraya Montiel then laid down a bunt single to score Collazo with the team's third run.
The ECU offense put a four-spot on the board in the fifth inning all after the first two had been retired. Jelnick and Oshiro both walked. Fieldhouse followed with a single to score the Jelnick. Oshiro came in to score on a junior Jordan Lewis single up the middle. Briggs plated the next with her well-placed single. The Pirates scored their final run as Lewis hustled home on a fielder's choice ground out from junior Jasmine Robbins.
ECU put up another four-two out runs in the sixth inning. Freshman Meredith Mitchell walked and moved to second and then third as Jelnick singled and Oshiro walked. Fieldhouse cleared the bases with her double to the right-field gap. She moved to third on a wild pitch. Lewis then walked and stole second. On the play the ball was thrown into center field to score Fieldhouse from third with the team's ninth run of the game.
The Miners made the final score 9-4 with a run in the seventh inning as Kayleigh Walts doubled to score Ericka Acuri.