March 27, 2012
|East Carolina Games 31-32: UNC Wilmington
Wednesday, March 28 | 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. ET
Wilmington, N.C. (Boseman Field)
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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Coming off three-straight Conference USA wins, East Carolina (13-17) will take a one-day break from league play Wednesday with a 4:00 p.m. doubleheader at UNC Wilmington (6-24). The Pirate offense looks to remain hot as its 28 runs against UTEP last weekend in the sweep are the most the program has scored in a C-USA series since joining the league in 2002. In its last six contests, ECU is averaging a robust 6.7 runs per game.
Following the doubleheader with the Seahawks, the Pirates jump back into league play with a three-game series at UCF (22-10, 3-3 C-USA) this weekend. The teams play a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and finish the set Sunday with 12:00 p.m. contest. Last season in Greenville, the Knights took two of the three contests.
The Pirates Against The Seahawks
In UNC Wilmington, East Carolina faces a very familiar foe as the teams have played each other 90 times, the most the Pirates have seen of any opponent in program history. ECU holds a 76-14 advantage in the all-time series with the teams playing each other at least once a year since 1985. The Pirates have won 12 of the last 13 meetings, including four shutouts, while outscoring the Seahawks 90-15.
Last season, the teams split the two meetings. First, in Greenville, the Pirates opened the ECU Softball Stadium with an 8-0 victory in six innings over the Seahawks. During that Feb. 16 contest, Kristi Oshiro went three-for-four with two runs while Suzanne Riggs drove in two and scored once. Toni Paisley recorded the victory, allowing one hit and striking out eight in five innings. Faith Sutton threw a perfect sixth in relief. On April 6, UNC Wilmington bounced back with a 2-1 victory on two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. A single from Rebecca Lee gave ECU a 1-0 lead in the fourth, but with two outs in the seventh Caitlin Cavarra doubled to left field to drive in two for the walk-off win. Sutton took the loss in the complete-game effort.
During the 2010 campaign in Greenville, the Pirates picked up 3-0 and 7-1 victories. In the first contest, Paisley struck out seven and allowed only a single to Brianne Lofton in the top of the sixth. For the offense, Kaui Tom scored the game-winning run on an RBI single from Nicole Jordan and Cristen Aona drove in a pair with a fifth-inning double. In game two, Marina Gusman-Brown drove in three runs and scored twice while Kai Clark had two hits in support of Sutton's two-hit complete game. Sutton also struck out a career-high 11 batters in the contest.
Righting The In-State Ship
Heading into last season's April 6 game at UNC Wilmington, the Pirates had captured 16-straight victories against North Carolina opponents and outscored them 103-12. East Carolina defeated UNCG twice and Campbell once near the end of 2009 and went 11-0 versus Campbell, N.C. Central, UNCG, N.C. State, UNC Wilmington and Elon during the 2010 campaign. The Pirates began last year's in-state meetings with the 8-0 win over UNCW and a 6-0 victory over Campbell on Feb. 27.
The setback to the Seahawks last April, however, was the first of four losses in five contests to in-state teams. In addition to the UNCW defeat, the Pirates dropped two decisions to N.C. State, 2-1 and 5-4 in 10 innings, in 2011. This season, ECU defeated UNCG 2-1 on Feb. 17, but fell at North Carolina 4-2 on March 19. In-state opponents hold a 14-10 advantage on the scoreboard in the last five meetings.
Kee Closing In On Victory No. 675
With three victories over UTEP last weekend, East Carolina head coach Tracey Kee pushed her career win total to 672. The Richmond, Va., native is in her 26th year at East Carolina, 16th as head coach, and is the two-time reigning National Fastpitch Coaches Association Mideast Region Coaching Staff-of-the-Year honoree. She stands 36th among active NCAA Division I coaches in victories and is 29th in winning percentage at .664.
Lewis Named Conference USA Hitter-of-the-Week
Sophomore right fielder Jordan Lewis was named the Conference USA Hitter-of-the-Week on Monday, following a weekend in which she batted .455, drove in a team-high five runs and scored four more to help East Carolina sweep UTEP.
The Fremont, Calif., product scored a career-high three runs while driving in two more with a double in the fifth inning. During the second contest, she tallied two hits, drove in a run during the fifth frame and scored a run in the bottom of the seventh as part of the Pirates' three-run comeback for a walk-off win. In the Sunday finale, her double in the sixth inning delivered two insurance runs for ECU.
A 2011 Conference USA All-Freshman Team and all-league tournament honoree, Lewis has already made an impact in the six league games this season, batting .389 with seven hits, eight runs batted in and four scored. She has also posted a .556 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage.
ECU And UNCW Tale Of The Tape
|Category||East Carolina||UNC Wilmington|
|Runs Batted In||120||65|
|Earned Run Average||4.47||3.51|
|Earned Runs Allowed||125||99|
|Category||East Carolina Leader||UNC Wilmington Leader|
|Batting Average||Suzanne Riggs (.347)||Laura Sykes (.316)|
|On-Base Percentage||Suzanne Riggs (.456)||Daniela Torres and Olivia Poplin (.348)|
|Hits||Jill Jelnick (28)||Ashley Shingleton (25)|
|Runs Batted In||Suzanne Riggs (23)||Ashley Shingleton and Kristen Jernigan (8)|
|Runs Scored||Kristi Oshiro (24)||Ashley Shingleton (11)|