Softball Comes Back To Defeat Memphis, 4-3
April 21, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Freshman Kelsi Briggs hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the East Carolina softball team (21-25, 11-7 C-USA) a 4-3 victory over Memphis (21-32, 8-13 C-USA) on Sunday in the final game of the three-game sweep of the Tigers. Senior Kai Clark had tied the game one batter earlier with her two-run home run. ECU has now won seven straight conference games and swept its last two C-USA opponents.
Sophomore Sarah Christian (15-12) allowed three runs (none earned) with three strikeouts and one walk in throwing her 16th complete game of the season. She has now won seven games in conference play this season. Ellen Roberts (12-21) was tagged with the loss after allowed all four runs (three earned) on nine hits in her six innings from the circle
ECU threatened and had the bases loaded with no one out in the third inning, but a strikeout and failed catch on an infield pop out turned into a double play for Memphis. Freshman Meredith Mitchell began the frame with a single through the right side. Jelnick then singled and Oshiro walked to put the Pirates in a situation to break the game open, if not for the fortunate bounce for the Tigers to the catcher, who tagged the plate and threw an advancing runner out at third base for an unusual double play.
The Pirates again loaded the bases in the fourth inning. Alcorn singled and moved to second on a Briggs’ single. Junior Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin pushed a pop up that drifted into the outfield for a single to load the bases. After a fielder’s choice eliminated the lead runner at the plate, Briggs was caught in a run down as she attempted to score on a pitched ball that was thrown over the head of the Memphis catcher.
An ECU two-out error opened the flood gates for three unearned Memphis runs in the fifth inning. Ijiah Hargrove reached on a two-out throwing error from the ECU pitcher. Lelani Bernadino was hit by a pitch and was followed by Hannah Harrell infield single to load the bases for Morgan Mosby. Mosby cleared the bags with her double to the wall in right center to give Memphis a 3-1 lead.