ECU Hosts Pirate Classic
Feb. 17, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - After opening its new home Wednesday with an 8-0 victory over UNC Wilmington, East Carolina continues its 11-game homestand with the Pirate Classic. ECU welcomes Virginia (3-1), St. John's (2-3), Hofstra (4-1) and Kent State (2-2) to Greenville. The Pirates begin tournament play Friday with a 2:00 p.m. contest against the Cavaliers and a game versus the Red Storm at approximately 4:00 p.m. East Carolina takes on the Pride and Golden Flashes Saturday at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., respectively, before finishing the event Sunday against St. John's at 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday against rival UNC Wilmington, East Carolina exploded on offense, pounding out 13 hits and eight runs in the six-inning victory. Junior Suzanne Riggs continued her hot start to the season, going 2-2 and driving in two runs. Freshman Kristi Oshiro collected three hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Senior Toni Paisley and junior Faith Sutton combined to blank the Seahawks on one hit.
The Pirates Against The Cavaliers
In the Feb. 7, 2009, contest, ECU claimed a 9-1 victory. Jessica Johnson drove in three runs and Marina Gusman-Brown scored three times to support Paisley's one-hit performance in her return from a 2008 arm injury. The Cavaliers flipped the script the next day, claiming a 12-1 victory by using six-run second and seventh innings. Gusman-Brown scored ECU's only run.
East Carolina Versus St. John's
ECU's Brooke Swann suffered the loss in the 4-3 decision, allowing three runs on three hits in two-and-a-third innings. Erin St. Ledger had three hits to pace the offense. Keli Harrell no hit St. John's in the 9-0 victory and struck out 12. Vanessa Moreno and Beth Nolan each drove in three runs while Paige Baggett and Charina Sumner scored three times apiece. Moreno led the offense in the 11-0 triumph, going 2-2 and driving in four runs. Sumner collected three hits and was one of four Pirates to score twice.
Paisley A Candidate For The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Paisley is the only student-athlete selected from Conference USA.
Paisley Closing In On Strikeout Mark
In the opening contest against Lipscomb, a fifth-inning strikeout of Haley Elliott was Paisley's 900th career K. The Lakewood, Calif., native now has 39 career games with 10 or more strikeouts.
Offense Comes To Life
Riggs (2), Oshiro (3) and classmate Jasmine Robbins (2) all had multiple-hit performances against the Seahawks. Riggs also recorded the team's first multi-RBI game of the year, driving in a pair with a single and bases-loaded walk.
Freshmen Shine In Victory