Oct. 11, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Playing its first home game of the fall season, the East Carolina softball team belted six home runs and junior pitcher Sarah Christian pitched four perfect innings to lead the Pirates to a 27-1 win over Fayetteville State in exhibition play Friday evening at the ECU Softball Stadium.
“We’ve been placing a lot of blame on our pitching here in the last year, but our offense really has to do their job,” said head coach Beth Keylon-Randolph. “They came out and hit the ball tonight and I was pleased with that. I think it’s important that we’re setting our tone to go into this weekend and into the spring.”
The offense was on full display, pounding out 21 hits, as senior shortstop Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin and freshman catcher Alex Mycek both went 2-for-2 with a pair of home runs, respectively. Senior infielder Alex Fieldhouse and sophomore infielder Kelsi Briggs also launched home runs of their own in the game.
Mycek hit a two-run homer in her first at-bat, before hammering a grand slam over the left centerfield wall in the fifth inning to finish the night with six RBIs in her only two at-bats.
“She’s really been working hard in practice,” Keylon-Randolph said of Mycek. “She’s been very coachable, listening to how we want her to hit and changing a few things. She’s been phenomenal and hitting well in practice, so I’m glad it carried over to tonight’s game.”
Kaluhiokalani-Glackin, Fieldhouse, senior second baseman Kristi Oshiro, and redshirt junior catcher Abby Wynne drove in three runs apiece in the game, while when Wynne went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored. Sophomore shortstop Casey Alcorn also had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs. Senior outfielder Jill Jelnick went 2-for-4 in the leadoff spot and scored three times while driving in two.
In the circle, Christian retired all 12 batters she faced in four innings of work and struck out four, before handing over the ball over to the bullpen.
“We’re working on a lot of new pitches to see what she can bring,” Keylon-Randolph said of Christian. “I got her into some full counts when I probably wouldn’t have normally, but she responded well and I am very pleased with her performance.”
The Pirates will host Coastal Carolina in a doubleheader on Saturday, Oct. 11. First pitch of game one is schedule for 1 p.m., at the ECU Softball Stadium, where admission is free for all spectators.