East Carolina Softball Tops Mount Olive in Exhibition Play

UABSPORTS.COM Sophomore Meredith Mitchell
Sophomore Meredith Mitchell

Oct. 13, 2013

GREENVILLE, N.C. — The East Carolina softball team picked up a 16-1 exhibition victory over the Mount Olive Trojans on Sunday afternoon at the ECU Softball Stadium.

The schedule was originally a doubleheader, but due to rain, the doubleheader was cut short in the second game with East Carolina leading 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning.

In game one, the Pirates continued with their offensive explosion this weekend with big home runs by catchers Abby Wynne and Alex Mycek, as well as an impressive performance by Jenna Pate.

The fifth inning marked the start of the scoring parade for the Pirates with two consecutive bunt singles by outfielders Meredith Mitchell and Jill Jelnick. Senior transfer Shelby Johnson walked to load the bases and infielder Kristi Oshiro drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. Wynne would later send a ball over the fence for a three-run homer to extend the Pirates lead to 5-1 and cap a superb weekend at the plate.

Wynne went 4-for-4 with three RBIs in Friday’s game against Fayetteville State, before hitting a two-run homer in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader – a 5-3 win over Coastal Carolina.

Pate drove in a total of three Pirates after a home run and double to left field in the sixth. Mycek added a two-run homer of her own in the eighth inning to conclude the weekend with three.



Sophomore pitcher Sarah Christian picked up the victory after tossing five innings giving up just one run in the second inning with two hits. Junior transfer Caroline Umphlett hurled two scoreless with no hits to back up Christian in the sixth and seventh innings.

Freshman pitcher Maci Mills tossed two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth before Pate was called upon to finish out the 10th, and did so with a 1-2-3 inning to end game one.

“We have a lot of depth this year and that’s something that we didn’t have last year with 13 people, so we set out to get some great hitters and they are stepping up with what they are supposed to do and working hard,” said head coach Beth Keylon-Randolph. “It’s nice to see that and keeps the pressure on everyone to keep performing.”

The Pirates wrapped up the weekend unbeaten, which included a doubleheader sweep of Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

East Carolina returns to action next Friday, Oct. 18, when it hosts Pitt Community College at the ECU Softball Stadium.