April 3, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Junior Alex Fieldhouse roped a single up the middle to plate a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the East Carolina softball team (14-21) to a thrilling 3-2 victory over UNC Wilmington (11-19) on Wednesday afternoon in the first game of the scheduled doubleheader.
Sophomore Sarah Christian (11-9) earned the victory and limited the UNCW offense to two runs (one earned) in throwing her 11th complete game of the season. Jordyn Schmidt (4-7) took the loss as she gave up all three runs in 6.1 innings in the circle.
Fieldhouse, who was just named the league's hitter-of-the-week on Monday, continued her torrid hitting with three more hits and two RBI in the contest to lead the offense for the Pirates.
The Pirates waited until the seventh to produce some drama and the game-winner. Freshman Meredith Mitchell began the inning with a lead-off single to left. Junior Jill Jelnick followed with a bunt single. After a sacrifice bunt to move each runner into scoring position, Fieldhouse followed with her third hit of the game to score Mitchell from third and a hard-charging Jelnick from second.
ECU threatened in the opening frame with Jelnick reaching on a lead-off infield single. A sacrifice moved her to second and she took third on a Fieldhouse single to the shortstop. The next two were retired in order to keep the game scoreless through one inning.
The Seahawks scored first with a run in the second inning. KC Shue reached and took second on an ECU throwing error. After the next two were retired on a foul out and batter interference, Jordin Phillips doubled off the wall in left to score Shue from second.
ECU again put a runner on base in the third inning as junior Kristi Oshiro reached on a two-out single to left centerfield, but the next batter was retired on a ground out to third to end the frame.
UNCW again capitalized on the change in momentum with a run in the top of the fourth inning on Erin Brown's two-out RBI single to drive in pinch runner Jessica Rappe.
The Pirates stranded another runner in the bottom of the frame after freshman Kelsi Briggs reached on a two-out single up the middle.
The Seahawks had runners on second and third and one out in the sixth inning, but Christian was able to get a grounder to first that saw Jordan Lewis throw out the lead runner, Kimmie Stewart, at the plate and a ground out to second to end the inning and keep the score at 2-0.
The Pirates scored a run in the sixth, but also left the bases loaded in the frame. Oshiro walked and moved to second on Fieldhouse's single. Lewis followed with a single to load the bases with no outs. After a line out, freshman Casey Alcorn lined a single up the middle to score Oshiro. The next two were retired on a pop out and ground out though to keep the margin at 2-1 and set up the drama of the seventh.