April 7, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C - Junior Jordan Lewis homered and drove in four to power East Carolina's softball team (15-24, 5-7 C-USA) to a thrilling 6-4 victory over No. 20/18 Tulsa (31-9-1, 11-1 C-USA) on Sunday in the final game of the series. The win over a ranked team was the first for the Pirates since the 2010 season against Texas in the NCAA Regional. ECU also snapped Tulsa's 11-game winning streak in league play this season with the victory.
Sophomore Courtney Smith (3-10) started and went the first five innings for the Pirates. She allowed three runs (two earned) while striking out two and going without a walk. After surviving a sticky situation in the seventh, fellow sophomore Sarah Christian earned her first career save with two innings worked and two strikeouts. The loss was tagged on Lacey Middlebrooks (13-3). Middlebrooks surrendered all six runs (four earned) in 3.2 innings in the circle. She allowed just three hits, but walked five and was limited to two strikeouts.
Besides tying her career-high with four RBI, Lewis also drew a pair of walks and scored twice. She has now successfully reached base in 31 of her last 34 games. Junior Alex Fieldhouse also scored twice and drew three walks for ECU.
The Pirates had a 6-0 lead after four innings, but the pesky Golden Hurricane were able to score two runs in the fifth, a run in the sixth and another tally in the seventh inning. Tulsa even brought the potential go-ahead run to the plate in the seventh in the person of the league's leading RBI hitter, Samantha Cobb, with runners on second and third. Christian was able to induce a two-out ground out to the shortstop though to give ECU the victory.
ECU next heads to Huntington, West Virginia to take on Marshall in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. The Pirates wrap up the series against the Thundering Herd with a noon contest on Sunday.