April 13, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – Junior Jordan Lewis homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the East Carolina softball team (16-24, 6-7 C-USA) to an 11-1 victory over Marshall (27-15, 11-5 C-USA) in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday at Dot Hicks Field. The ECU win snapped Marshall’s 22-home game winning streak that extended 363 days from the end of last year and all 14 previous games this year.
In her last two conference games Lewis has recorded three home runs and driven in eight.
Sophomore Sarah Christian (12-11) allowed just one run on three hits in throwing her 13th complete game of the season. She struck out four and only walked two. The loss went to Halie Vance (2-2). Vance surrendered 11 runs (four earned) in six innings. She was let down by her defense that committed seven errors behind here.
Fellow junior Alex Fieldhouse also stood out at the plate for ECU with three RBI on her two hits in the contest. Four different members of the team were able to score multiple runs with juniors Jill Jelnick, Kristi Oshiro, Lewis plus freshman Meredith Mitchell all able to cross the plate twice.
The Pirates threatened in the opening inning. Jelnick walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then stole third, but the next two batters were retired in order to keep the game scoreless.
ECU, aided by a pair of Marshall errors, broke through for three runs in the second inning. Freshman Casey Alcorn began the inning by reaching on a throwing error from the shortstop. Two ground outs moved Alcorn to third when junior Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin doubled her in. Kaluhiokalani-Glackin took third on a single from freshman Meredith Mitchell and scored on the throwing error from the MU right fielder. On the misfired throw, Mitchell was able to take second and scored on the Jelnick’s ensuing single down the left field line to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead midway through the second inning.
The Pirates added the team’s fourth run of the game on a solo home run from Lewis in the third inning. The home run was her fifth of the season and the fourth that she has hit to the opposite field. It would also be the first of two she would hit in the game.
ECU again were aided by a few Marshall errors in the fourth inning to plate three additional runs. Mitchell reached on a one-out throwing error from the Thundering Herd second baseman. Jelnick also reached and took second on an error as the Marshall right fielder dropped the ball in her position in the outfield. A wild pitch allowed Mitchell to score from third with the team’s first run of the inning and fifth of the game. After a walk and a stolen base by Oshiro, Fieldhouse laced a double down the leftfield line to score both Jelnick and Oshiro with the team’s sixth and seventh runs of the game.
The Thunder Herd pick up the team’s second hit of the game as Alexandra Bayne hit her first home run of the season to begin the fifth inning.
The Pirates answered with the final four runs in the sixth inning. Jelnick reached on an error by the second baseman and moved to second on Oshiro’s walk. Fieldhouse followed with a single up the middle to score Jelnick from second. Lewis quickly increased the lead to double digits with her second home run of the game, a three-run home run to left field, to put ECU up 11-1 in the sixth inning in what would be the final score.