Pirates Play Pair Of Missouri Valley Teams
March 5, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - Following a 1-1 showing Friday at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational, the Pirates return to action Saturday with 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. games against Missouri Valley Conference foes. ECU (13-5) first takes on Creighton (7-5) before finishing the day’s action with Northern Iowa (8-4).
This year, the Bluejays are led on offense by junior outfielder Christa Ruf’s .324 batting average, 12 hits, five runs scored and 14 RBI. Friday, Ruf drove in all four runs in Creighton’s 4-0 victory over Northern Colorado. Freshman Malloree Grove is just behind Ruf with a .323 mark and 10 hits.
In the circle, freshman Becca Changstrom is anchoring the staff with a 4-2 record and 0.70 earned run average. Junior Kylie Hovinga is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA.
The Scoop On The Panthers
Sophomore catcher Samantha Reimer has the highest batting average among those who have played more than five games at .471. Junior outfielder Hannah Borschel has a .459 average and team-best 17 hits. Junior shortstop Mackenzie Daigh’s 11 RBI are tied for the top spot with classmate Courtney Dunker while junior Whitney Plein and Borschel have scored eight runs.
In the circle, freshman and 2009-10 Gatorade Iowa Softball Player-of-the-Year Jamie Fisher is 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA. Redshirt junior Melissa Tillett has gone 2-0 with a 1.94 earned run average while junior Jaye Hutcheson is 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA.
Riggs Still Rolling Along
Friday, Riggs cooled off slightly with a 1-7 showing during the two games, but the one hit was a solo home run against New Mexico State that put the Pirates ahead 5-2.
For the season, the Greenville product is batting .357 with 20 hits, 16 runs batted in, nine scored and four stolen bases.
Scoring Runs, Lots Of Them
Friday, Oshiro added to her run collection scoring once against New Mexico State.
Watch Out The Third Time Through
By the third time through the order, though, the averages increase dramatically. In the fifth inning, ECU is hitting .351 and the Pirates are up to .390 in the sixth frame. Coincidently, the Pirates’ highest scoring innings are the fifth (18) and sixth (13).
Balls In Play Mean Lots Of Hits
Good Things Come In Threes