Softball Comes Back To Defeat TWCPE, 6-5, In Exhibition Contest

Kelsi Briggs

March 9, 2013

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HONOLULU, O'ahu - Junior Kristi Oshiro had a memorable return to her native state with three hits, two runs scored and three RBI, including the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh, to defeat Tokyo Women's College of Physical Education by a thrilling 6-5 score in an exhibition contest on Friday, March 8, in the team's first game of the Malahini Kipa Aloha Tournament.
Freshman Morgan Eisenga (1-0) was credited with the victory for the Pirates and went two scoreless innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Sophomore Courtney Smith started for ECU and allowed all five runs with five walks and six strikeouts. Kasumi Hirahara was tagged with the loss and allowed all six runs (four earned) in 6.2 innings in the circle.

Three different ECU batters recorded multiple hits in the game. Besides Oshiro's three hits, junior Jill Jelnick had a pair of hits and freshman Kelsi Briggs also picked up two base knocks.

After tying the contest with three runs in the sixth inning, the ECU offense were able to keep it going with the game-winning run in the seventh. Junior Jasmine Robbins started the rally with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Briggs advanced her to third with a base hit. Freshman Meredith Mitchell then hit a fielder's choice chopper to third that saw the hard-charging Robbins get thrown out at the plate. Jelnick followed with an infield single to load the bases and set up Oshiro late-inning heroics. Oshiro laced in single into left field to drive in the game-winner and give the Pirates the 6-5 victory.

The Pirates were trailing 5-2 in the sixth, but mounted a comeback to tie the game. Senior Kai Clark drew a lead-off walk. Fellow Hawaii native Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin was inserted to run for Clark and moved to second on a stolen base and third on a ground out. After a walk to Jelnick, Oshiro plated Kaluhiokalani-Glackin with a solid single up the middle. An error by the TWCPE catcher off an Alex Fieldhouse pop up in front of the plate scored Jelnick from third. Freshman Casey Alcorn then delivered the game-tying base hit to right field to score Oshiro.

TWCPE threatened immediately in the first inning as Shizuka Yamada worked a lead-off walk. A sacrifice bunt moved her into scoring position, but that was a far as she could get as Smith registered back-to-back strikeouts to keep the game scoreless.

ECU put together a rally of its own in the bottom of the frame. Jill Jelnick ripped a single up the middle, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then third as Alex Fieldhouse reaches on error. Two pop outs, sandwiched around a Jordan Lewis walk ended the frame.

Smith allowed both a walk and a hit in the second, but didn't let either runner cross the plate to keep the contest scoreless.

TWCPE scored a pair in the third inning as Akane Aoki planted a home run to deep center field with Shizuda Yamada on base.

Junior Kristi Oshiro cut the deficit in half in the third with her home run to deep right field.

ECU used its second long ball of the day, a home run from Briggs, to tie the contest in fourth inning.

TWCPE took its second lead of the contest on Miki Yamata's two-out three-run double in the fifth inning.

The Pirates continue play in the Malhini Kipa Aloha Tournament with an evening game against Portland State tonight.