Softball Preview - Games 30-31: North Carolina State

Jill Jelnick

March 26, 2013

 Game 52: No. 5 Seed East Carolina (21-30) vs. No. 4 Seed Marshall (32-20)
 May 9 in Tulsa, Okla.
East Carolina vs. Marshall (First Round)  May 9 | 8:00 p.m. (ET) | GameTracker Video
 Game Notes East Carolina | Conference USA | Marshall
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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina softball team wraps up a brief five-game homestand with a non-conference doubleheader against state-rival North Carolina State on Wednesday, March 27, starting at 5 p.m. The Pirates enter the week with an overall record of 9-20 and are on a five-game losing skid.

Live stats and live video will be available for both non-conference games. Live in-game updates for the contests can also be accessed through the ECU Softball Twitter feed (@ECUSoftball).

Scouting N.C. State
North Carolina State (13-13-1) snapped an eight-game losing streak with a pair of conference victories, 10-2 and 9-2, over current No. 24 Virginia Tech last weekend on the road ... Scout Albertson leads the team with her .369 batting average, while also contributing five home runs and 12 RBI ... Renada Davis has totaled team-highs of 12 home runs, 22 RBI and 25 hits ... The Wolfpack have already hit 34 home runs and 31 doubles as team this season ... Emily Weiman is the workhorse of the pitching staff with her 12 wins, 19 complete games, 143.1 innings pitched, 1.95 ERA and 118 strikeouts ... N.C. State is coached by Shawn Rychcik, who is in first year with the program after working as the leader of Boston University for the last eight years ... While in charge of the program, he led the Terriers to four American East Tournament championships, four regular-season championships and four NCAA Regional titles ... Rychcik has an overall record of 284-172-2 in his nine seasons as a collegiate head coach ... The Wolfpack have won the last three meetings and lead the all-time series with East Carolina 8-5 ... North Carolina State has also won the last three meeting with the Pirates.

Career Numbers vs. N.C. State
Senior Kai Clark is 4-for-15 (.267) with a home run and an RBI against the Wolfpack ... Junior Alex Fieldhouse has a double and two career runs scored against N.C. State ... Junior Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin has a pair of career hits and a stolen base in three career games against the Wolfpack.

On This Date
ECU has an all-time record of 10-7 on the date of March 27 ... The Pirates are on a two-game winning streak on the date and last played and defeated Tulsa in 2011.

That is More Like It
After the team went 251 at-bats and over three weeks between home runs hit - Jordan Lewis versus North Carolina (3/1) and Lewis against Houston (3/23) - it only took the Pirates a mere 62 at-bats to hit another home run on Jasmine Robbins' two-run shot in the fourth inning in the series finale against the Cougars (3/24) ... The home run was also Robbins' first extra-base hit of the season.



Turning It Around
After a rough stretch of three starts in the middle of the season (0-3 record, 7.41 ERA in 11.1 innings pitched), sophomore Sarah Christian has really begun to settle down in her last four starts ... Despite the 1-3 overall record, she sports a fine 1.62 ERA and has fanned 12 in her 26 innings in the circle.

Sneaky Fast
Jordan Lewis is 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts this season and has only been thrown out twice in 28 career attempts on the base paths.

Individual Conference Leaders
The Pirates, through the seventh week of softball action, have several players that are ranked highly in Conference USA ...  Junior Kristi Oshiro leads the conference in triples (5), is second in batting average (.395), tied for second in doubles (9) and on-base percentage (.459). She is third in total bases (56) and slugging percentage (.651) plus fourth in runs (23) and tied for fifth in hits (34) ...  Junior Alex Fieldhouse is tied for second in sacrifice flies (2), fifth in home runs (5) and tied for fifth in triples (2) ... Fieldhouse is also sixth in slugging percentage (.598), seventh in RBI (20) and eight in total bases (49) ...  Junior Jordan Lewis is tied for fifth in triples (2), sixth in on-base percentage (.444) and tied for eight in stolen bases (9) ... Junior Jill Jelnick and freshman Casey Alcorn are both tied for ninth in triples (1) ... Sophomore Sarah Christian is fourth in appearances (21) and innings pitched (98.2) ... Christian is tied for fifth in games started (14), tied for sixth in wins (7) and tied for seventh in games in relief (7).

Team Conference Leaders
ECU, as a team, is tied for the conference lead in triples (11) and are fourth in doubles (36) ... The program is also sixth in batting average (.245), slugging percentage (.382) and home runs (14).

NCAA Leaders
Kristi Oshiro ranks among the NCAA leaders in several categories in the second release of statistics this week (3/17) ... Oshiro is fourth in triples (5.0), 10th in triples per game (0.17), 25th in toughest to strikeout (28.7), 64th in doubles per game (0.31) and116th in batting average (.395) ... Alex Fieldhouse also finds herself among the NCAA leaders in triples (2.0 - 70th) ... Jordan Lewis is 70th nationally in triples (2.0) ... In the circle, Sarah Christian is 86th in walks per seven innings (1.84).

Need To Keep Them Scoreless in the First
The Pirates have yet to win a game this season when their opponent tallies a score in the opening inning (0-12 record) ... ECU is also only 1-17 when its opponent crosses home first ... East Carolina is 9-2 on the season though when holding opponents to two runs or less in any game.

Home Sweet Home
ECU has a 6-10 record in home games this season ... Junior Kristi Oshiro has led the team with her .417 batting average (20-for-48), six doubles and four triples ... Fellow junior Alex Fieldhouse has also stood out at home with her .318 batting average (14-for-44) with three home runs and 12 RBI ... Sophomore Sarah Christian has five of the team's wins with a 2.98 ERA in 51.2 innings thrown ... ECU has a team batting average of .265 at home and a team ERA of 3.57.

Up Next
East Carolina gets back into conference play and travels to El Paso, Texas to take on UTEP (10-15, 1-4 Conference USA) for a three-game series from March 29-30 ... The Pirates are scheduled to play a doubleheader against the Miners starting at 4 p.m. (ET) on Friday, March 29, and then wrap up the series with a single game on Saturday, March 30, beginning at 2 p.m. (ET)

The Last Meeting
East Carolina
North Carolina State
April 4, 2012
Raleigh, N.C.