April 27, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Sophomore Courtney Smith only allowed two earned run in throwing her second complete game of the day for the East Carolina softball team (21-27, 11-9 C-USA), but again fell to Southern Miss (14-37, 4-15 C-USA) in the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday by a 4-2 score. The Pirates have now dropped the first series to a conference opponent since falling twice to Tulsa in the first week of April. The conference series win was the first of the season for USM.
Smith (5-12) gave up four runs (two earned) in tossing her ninth complete game of the season. Beth Dietrich (4-14) earned her second win of the day with 4.2 innings of scoreless relief.
The Golden Eagles scored first with a run in the opening inning. Danielle LaPointe reached on a two-out hit by pitch and scored all the way from first on an ECU fielding error.
The Pirates took their first lead of the afternoon in the third inning. Freshman Meredith Mitchell singled to start the frame and moved to second on a ground out. She scored from second on junior Kristi Oshiro’s double. After a single by junior Alex Fieldhouse to move Oshiro to third, junior Jordan Lewis hit a long fly ball to center to plate Oshiro with the team’s second run of the game and inning.
Southern Miss tied the game with an unearned run in the fourth inning. LaPointe reached on an error to start the frame. She moved to second on a hit by pitch. Mackenzie Sher tied the game with her single down the left field line.
The Golden Eagles stole home for the go-ahead run in the fifth inning. Sarah Evans doubled to start the frame. Kaitlin Wilson ran for Evans and moved to third on a wild pitch. Morgan McKeever walked to put runners on the corners. McKeever then attempted to steal second to allow Wilson to score from third on the double steal and give USM a 3-2 lead.
USM added a key insurance run in the sixth inning on an Evans double with Michelle Stringer on base. Stringer began the inning with a double, moved to third a bunt and scored on the Evans’ two bagger. The inning could have been more damaging, but Mitchell picked up her eighth outfield assist of the season to throw out Evans trying to score from second to end the frame.