Softball Ends Homestand With Pirate Clash
Feb. 24, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina wraps up its season-long 11-game homestand with the Pirate Clash, completing ECU's longest stretch of home games since 2008. Friday through Sunday, the Pirates welcome Towson (2-3), Fairfield (0-0), Lehigh (0-0) and Campbell (6-4) to Greenville. East Carolina plays the Tigers Friday at approximately 4:00 p.m. before facing the Stags and Mountain Hawks Saturday. Scheduled start times are 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., respectively. Sunday, the Pirates finish with a 3:00 p.m. contest against the Camels and go for their 16th-straight win against in-state foes.
Monday afternoon East Carolina held on for a 5-4 victory over Hofstra as the Pride scored four times in the seventh inning after ECU established a five-run cushion. Junior Suzanne Riggs drove in four runs and hit her first career home run to lead the offense. Senior Toni Paisley struck out six and allowed six singles.
The Pirates Against The Tigers
The only Pirate loss occurred Feb. 23, 2007, when the Tigers won 1-0 via a third-inning unearned run. In that contest, Brooke Swann pitched a complete game and allowed just two hits, a single and a double.
Last year, ECU blanked Towson in a 2-0 victory. Paisley went the distance in the circle for the Pirates, allowing just two hits and a walk. She also struck out 13. The offense was led by Christina Merrida's two hits, run scored and run batted in. Merrida scored the game-winning run on a throwing error by the catcher after Merrida stole third and drove in the insurance run with a fifth-inning single to center field.
Paisley The New Strikeout Queen
Paisley enters this weekend's action with 972 career strikeouts.
Paisley Climbs The Wins Charts
DePaul's Lindsay Chouinard (2000-03/108) is the league's all-time victory leader while Jenny Parsons (1990-93/102) holds the ECU career record for wins.
Riggs On A Roll
Riggs entered the year with eight hits and 10 runs batted in during her career and has already exceeded or matched those numbers with 12 hits and 10 RBI. She leads the squad with four multiple-hit games, three multi-RBI contests, a .412 batting average with runners in scoring position and five two-out runs batted in.
Monday against Hofstra she tied her career high by driving in four runs and added her first career home run.
Success At The Hardest Job In Sports
Leaving The Yard For The First Time
Defense Settling In
This season's numbers are nearly identical to last season, when ECU ended the year leading the nation in fielding percentage. Through 12 games in 2010, the Pirates had eight errors and a .973 fielding percentage.