May 5, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina's softball team (21-30, 11-12 C-USA) were swept in a conference series for the third time this season with a 6-1 loss to UCF (29-24, 10-14 C-USA) on Sunday during the team's Senior Day for Kai Clark and Cicely Lopez at ECU Softball Stadium. The Pirates' offense was again limited to two hits and has totaled four hits and one run in the last 14 innings. UCF scored five of the team's six runs in the seventh inning. ECU is currently riding a five-game losing streak into the annual conference tournament.
Sophomore Courtney Smith (5-15) was tagged with the loss and allowed six runs in throwing her 12th complete game of the season. Mackenzie Audas (14-16) went the distance for UCF and surrendered just the two hits, one walk and struck out seven.
The Knights scored the game's winning run on a double steal of second and home in the seventh inning. Kahley Novak reached base on a lead-off single. She took second and then third when the base was left uncovered on the bunt single from Samantha McCloskey. McCloskey then stole second as Novak stole home in what would be the game-winning run. UCF added four more runs in the frame with the big hit being the bases clearing double from Kalyn Cenal.
Earlier in the game, the Pirates ended the top of the first inning with a diving catch from junior Jill Jelnick in left field to end the frame.
Jordan Lewis reached second on a hustle double to start the second, but the next three batters were retired on a pop out and back-to-back strikeouts to keep the game scoreless.
For the third-straight game UCF scored first with its run in the third inning. Maddy Schroeder recorded a one-out double and took third on a sacrifice bunt. She scored the game's first run on a wild pitch on the final ball of a walk to Farrah Sullivan.
The Knights put a runner into scoring position in the fifth inning. Kaitlyn Steckel walked and stole second, but was stranded to end the frame.
The ECU defense prevented a run in the sixth inning as junior right fielder Jasmine Robbins threw out Sullivan trying to score from second on a single. The outfield assist was the 17th of the season for ECU.
Robbins led-off the bottom of the inning with her second home run of the season to tie the game at one all. ECU threatened to break the game open and untie the score later in the frame as Jelnick was hit by a pitch and junior Alex Fieldhouse walked, but a strikeout ended the inning.
Next, the Pirates head to the C-USA Conference Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. from May 9-11 at the Collins Family Softball Complex. The single-elimination tournament begins with ECU taking on Marshall at a yet to be determined time.