East Carolina Takes On Fordham Saturday
Feb. 17, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina (4-2) will play its seventh game of the young season Saturday afternoon, taking on Fordham (1-1) at approximately 3:00 p.m.
Friday, the Pirates dropped a 5-0 decision to No. 21 Louisville and topped UNCG 2-1. Senior Suzanne Riggs hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to lift ECU to the victory over the Spartans. It was her second home run in three games and she now leads the Pirates with a .545 batting average and 1.091 slugging percentage.
The Pirates Taking On The Rams
When the teams last played, on Feb. 27, 2009, it took 10 innings for ECU to pull off a 2-1 triumph. Jen Mineau and Toni Paisley locked into a pitchers' duel, combining to strike out 17 and allow 11 hits and two walks. Neither team scored until the international tie breaker rules were put in place at the start of the eighth inning. A two-out single by Meghan Shager gave Fordham a brief 1-0 lead, but the Pirates tied it in the bottom of the eighth on a Marina Gusman-Brown RBI single. With Sarah Bibee placed on second to start the bottom of the 10th, Paisley hit a grounder to the third baseman, who overthrew first and allowed Bibee to score the winning run.
The Pirates And The Big East, Southern Conference, Atlantic 10 And Colonial Athletic Association
Stealing At An Unprecedented Rate
The Pirates did not swipe a base in the first game of the year, but have averaged 4.0 in the last five contests. A year ago, it took ECU 15 games to reach 20 steals. Through six tilts in 2011, the Pirates had registered 11 swipes.
And Preventing Thefts
No Sophomore Slumps Here
The eight sophomores showed no signs of slumping during the opening weekend. Entering Friday's action, the second-year players had accounted for 82.1 percent of the team's runs scored (23-of-28), 80.0 percent of the club's hits (28-of-35) and 72.0 percent of the squad's runs batted in (18-of-25).
The First To Go Deep, Again
An Offensive Force