March 29, 2014
MIAMI, Fla. – The East Carolina softball team pounded out 14 hits, but suffered an 11-9 setback at Florida International in Conference USA action on Saturday evening.
The second game of the originally scheduled doubleheader was halted prior to the first pitch in the top of fifth inning with FIU leading, 2-0.
Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin led East Carolina with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, while Jordan Lewis went 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBI and two runs, as Alex Fieldhouse had two hits and two RBI and Jill Jelnick had a pair of singles.
East Carolina (16-12, 5-5 C-USA) took advantage of a two-out error by FIU (21-12, 4-3 C-USA) in the top of the first inning, after back-to-back RBI singles by Fieldhouse and Lewis to put the Pirates ahead, 2-0.
The Panthers responded with a two-out rally in the bottom of the second inning, piecing together five runs on five hits, while sending 10 batters to the plate to take a 5-2 lead, but the Pirates punched back in the top of the third inning. Following a leadoff double by Abby Wynne and Fieldhouse’s second RBI single of the day, Lewis belted a two-run home run to center field to tie the game, 5-5.
Back-to-back RBI singles by Kaluhiokalani-Glackin and Kristi Oshiro polished off the rally and gave East Carolina a 7-5 advantage.
FIU scored three more runs with two outs in the bottom half of the frame to reclaim the lead, 8-7, and tacked on two three more on a two-run homer and RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to push its lead to four.
The Pirates brought the tying run to the plate in the top of seventh with one out, but were unable to capitalize and fell, 11-9.
In game two, Florida International got off to a quick start with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to take a quick, 2-0 edge.
After coming on relief after just two batters, Sarah Christian allowed a single to the first hitter she faced, but retired 12-straight hitters through the end of the fourth inning when lightning halted the game’s progress.
East Carolina and FIU will pick up play at 11 a.m., on Sunday morning, before the series concludes with game three at 1 p.m.