April 14, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – Senior Kai Clark hit a grand slam to power the East Carolina softball team’s attack (18-24, 8-7 C-USA) in a 10-4 win over Marshall (27-17, 11-7 C-USA) on Sunday at Dot Hicks Field. The Pirates swept their second conference series of the season with the victory.
Sophomore Sarah Christian (13-11) allowed just three hits and four runs in picking up the victory. She also struck out six. Hallie Vance (2-3) was tagged with the loss after surrendering five runs in 1.2 innings in the circle.
Clark, freshman Meredith Mitchell and junior Alex Fieldhouse all recorded multiple hits in the contest for the Pirates. Junior Jordan Lewis and Clark both drove in multiple runs. Lewis also was able to cross the plate three times and was walked twice.
The Pirates continue its recent trend of scoring early runs and plated a pair in the opening inning all after the first two had been retired. Fieldhouse roped a single into center and watched as Lewis unloaded with her seventh home run of the season. Lewis has now hit four home runs in her last four conference contests.
ECU added to the lead in the second with six runs. Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin was hit by a Vance offering to begin the inning. Mitchell put two on base as she smacked a single through the left side. After a sacrifice bunt to move over the runners and a fielder’s choice ground out to second to eliminate the lead runner and put junior Kristi Oshiro on base, Fieldhouse roped another single to right to score Mitchell. Lewis was then walked to load the bases. Freshman Casey Alcorn pushed a single up the middle to score Oshiro and also keep the bases loaded for Clark. Clark then hit a big fly to right for a grand slam to clear the bases and give the Pirates an 8-0 advantage.
ECU returns home to take on No. 24 North Carolina on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m.