ECU Heads To UNCW For Two
March 27, 2012
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
The Last Meeting
April 6, 2011
Pirates Fall To Seahawks 2-1
A two-run walk-off double to left field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning by Caitlin Cavarra gave UNC Wilmington a 2-1 victory over East Carolina Wednesday evening. The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth as freshman Rebecca Lee drove in classmate Jasmine Robbins, but could not hold on.
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
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
Lewis Named Conference USA Hitter-of-the-Week
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