ECU Heads To Marshall For C-USA Series
March 17, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina returns to Conference USA action this weekend with a three-game series at Marshall (10-13, 0-3 C-USA). The Pirates (21-8, 1-2 C-USA) dropped two of three to Memphis in last weekend's league-opening series while the Thundering Herd was swept at Tulsa. ECU got back on the winning track Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep of Charleston Southern, shutting out the Buccaneers 4-0 and 3-0.
Tuesday against Charleston Southern, senior Toni Paisley threw the fifth no-hitter of her career and junior Faith Sutton followed with a three-hit shutout. Paisley's fifth no-hitter is the third most in Conference USA history. For the ECU offense in the first game, four players drove in runs and four scored. During the second contest, freshmen Jordan Lewis and Jasmine Robbins each had two hits.
The Pirates Against The Thundering Herd
During the last series in Huntington, ECU took two of three. In the opener, Marshall's Rachael Sofie hit a walk-off solo home run in the seventh after the Pirates had forced a 1-1 tie in the top of the inning. Game two had East Carolina use a five-run fourth to cruise to an 8-3 victory as Jessica Johnson drove in four. The finale featured another game-changing inning as ECU trailed 1-0 until scoring three in the fifth to win 3-1. Cristen Aona had the deciding hit as she plated two with a single to left field.
A year ago, the teams split four meetings. The Thundering Herd won 8-7 in nine innings at the Lipton Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., Feb. 19. East Carolina trailed 7-1 in the fifth before tying it in the seventh. Marshall won on a bases-loaded walk to Marcena Bertoldo in the bottom of the ninth. In the three-game series in Greenville, ECU won the opener 4-3 as Marina Gusman-Brown hit a game-tying two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and Kaui Tom had a sacrifice fly in the ninth to bring home the deciding run. Marshall hit two home runs and Alysia Hively drove in three during the Thundering Herd's 10-6 victory in game two. In the finale, Gusman-Brown and Tom combined to drive in seven runs as ECU rolled to a 10-0 win.
1-2 In C-USA: We've Been Here Before
Paisley No-Hits Charleston Southern
It was Paisley's first no-hitter in almost exactly two years as her last occurred March 14, 2009, at Southern Miss.
A Sign Of Things To Come?
Career Win No. 101
.444 And Going Strong
That's More Like It
A Strong Pitching Start
A year ago, Paisley and Sutton threw 146.2 innings in C-USA action and surrendered 86 hits, an average of 4.1 base knocks per contest. The pair combined for a 1.15 ERA in league competition during the 2010 campaign.
A Double Blanking
A Shaky Start, But A Strong Second Showing
Despite the rocky start, East Carolina bounced back after the season-opening weekend to post a .306 batting average and score 24 runs over five games at the next tournament, the Pirate Classic. In its next C-USA series, the Pirates face Marshall and its pitching staff, which has a cumulative earned run average of 4.72.