April 6, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina's softball team (14-23, 4-6 C-USA) saw its three-game conference winning streak snapped in an 8-0 five-inning loss to No. 20/18 Tulsa (30-8-1, 10-0 C-USA) in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Sophomore Sarah Christian (11-11) allowed all eight runs on 10 hits to take her 11th loss of the season. Lacey Middlebrooks (13-2) scattered five hits and no runs to earn the victory. She walked just one and struck out three.
Freshman Meredith Mitchell led the offensive charge with two hits in the first game for the Pirates. The multi-hit performance was her fourth of the season.
The Pirates picked up a pair of hits and threatened in the second inning. Freshman Casey Alcorn punched a two-out single to left and moved all the way to third on senior Kai Clark's single to right field. The potential scoring-inning ended quickly as a strikeout was recorded for the final out of the frame.
ECU got a lead-off single from Mitchell to start the third inning. A sacrifice bunt moved her to second, but that was as far as she could advance as a strikeout and ground out followed.
The Golden Hurricane picked up a pair of hits and the first run of the game in the fourth inning. Samantha Cobb started the inning with a single, took second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Haley Henshaw's single to right. The throw from junior Jasmine Robbins in right field beat the runner to the plate, but Cobb's slide was able to knock the ball away from the ECU catcher.
Junior Jordan Lewis roped a single off the Tulsa pitcher to start the fourth inning. A sacrifice bunt moved her into scoring position at second, but she was then eliminated on a fielder's choice at third before a ground out to end the frame.
Tulsa broke the game open with six hits and seven runs in the top of the fifth inning. Cierra Hughes reached on a one-out single up the middle. Caitlin Everett pushed a single to left to put a pair of runners on. Jill Barrett then doubled to left to score Hughes. Cobb followed with a single to score Everett. Middlebrooks walked and Emma Horton was inserted to run for Middlebrooks. Henshaw drove in the second run of the game with a ground out. Julie Kernan singled down the left field line to score the next two runs. After a walk to Shelby Blanton, Cassidy Bowen completed the scoring with her two-run double to left center.