Softball Preview - Games 32-34: UTEP

Casey Alcorn

March 29, 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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EL PASO, Texas - The East Carolina softball team gets back into conference play and travels to Texas to take on UTEP this weekend. ECU starts the action with a doubleheader against the Miners beginning at 4 p.m. (ET) on Friday before completing the series with a single contest starting at 2 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. The Pirates enter the weekend with an overall record of 10-21 and are 1-5 in Conference USA play.

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

Scouting UTEP
UTEP (12-16, 1-4 Conference USA) is in the middle of a busy week of action with six home games at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex ... UTEP took two-of-three games from Siena in the midweek and are scheduled to play against ECU for three conference games this weekend ... The Miners split their two conference games last weekend in Hattiesburg, Miss. to Southern Miss ... Kawehiokalani Netane leads the team in batting average at .357 ... She is also tied for the team lead with 19 runs ... Erika Acuri is hitting .349 batting average with 19 runs and 11 walks ... Alanna Leasau is the top power hitter with team-high of six home runs and 28 RBI ... Kayla Oranger has recorded 33 hits on the season, while batting .330 and stealing nine bases ... Danielle Pearson is the workhorse of the staff with six wins and 89.1 innings worked ... Colleen Hohman has been the other primary pitcher with 58.2 innings worked and a team-high 51 strikeouts ... UTEP is coached by the husband and wife team of James and Kathleen Rodriguez ... The Rodriguez coaching duo are in their 10th season of running the program and are the only softball coaches in the history of UTEP ... At UTEP, the husband and wife coaching team have an all-time record of 209-304-2 and 53-155-4 in Conference USA-only play since starting the program ... East Carolina leads the all-time series with UTEP by a count of 18-4 and are on a streak of having won nine of the last 10 games and 13 of the 14 in the series.

The Last Meeting
East Carolina5
March 25, 2012
Greenville, N.C.
East Carolina Completes Sweep With 5-1 Win Over UTEP
Box Score | Highlights | Live Chat Replay
After two Saturday games that had East Carolina and UTEP combine to score 37 runs, pitching dominated the Sunday contest as the Pirates came away with a 5-1 victory to complete the three-game sweep of the Miners.



Career Numbers vs. UTEP
Sophomore Sarah Christian won all three games of the series against UTEP last season and sports an all-time record of 3-0 with a 2.39 ERA in her 14.2 innings worked against the Miners ... Christian has also registered eight career strikeouts and only one walk ... Senior Kai Clark has six career hits and RBI against UTEP  ... Junior Jill Jelnick has feasted on the Miners' pitching staff and is hitting .563 (9-for-16) with eight walks in six career games against UTEP ...  Fellow junior Jordan Lewis has a career batting average of .350 (7-for-20) with six runs scored and five driven in against UTEP ... Junior Jasmine Robbins has also hit well against the Miners with her .412 batting average (7-for-17), three doubles and three RBI.

On This Date (Weekend Edition)
ECU has an all-time record of 17-11 on the dates from March 29-30 ... East Carolina is 5-5 on March 29 and won its last meeting on the date against UCF in 2009 ... The Pirates sport a mark of 12-6 on March 30 and swept UNCG in a doubleheader in 2010 on the date.

Not Uncharted Territory
The Pirates are currently 1-5 in league play for only the third time in the last 12 seasons (2003, 2006 and 2013) ... Upon completion of six games, ECU has started Conference USA play .500 or below a total of eight times since joining the league prior to the 2002 season (3-3 in 2002, 1-5 in 2003, 3-3 in 2004, 1-5 in 2006, 3-3 in 2009, 3-3 in 2011, 3-3 in 2012 and 1-5 in 2013).

Swept or Be Swept
The three-game sweep by Houston over East Carolina (3/23-24) was only the 15th time that the Pirates have been swept in a conference series since joining Conference USA in 2002 ... The sweep by Houston was first-time that ECU had been swept by a conference opponent since UCF took all three games from the team last season (3/31-4/1/12) ... Since 2002, the Pirates have swept 25 conference series from league opponents ... The last ECU conference sweep was a two-gamer against Southern Miss last season (4/21/12).

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 ... The Pirates hit two more home runs in the series against North Carolina State in only 52 at-bats on March 27 ... Freshman Kelsi Briggs made it only 16 at-bats between home runs when she hit a three-run home run against North Carolina State (3/27) in the first inning of the first game of the doubleheader against the Wolfpack  ... Junior Alex Fieldhouse homered only six at-bats later in the game to give the Pirates four home runs in the last 84 at-bats.

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 six starts ... Despite the 2-3 overall record, she sports a fine 1.65 ERA and has fanned 18 in her 34 innings in the circle.

Sneaky Fast
Jordan Lewis is 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts this season and has only been thrown out twice in 29 career attempts on the base paths.

Individual Conference Leaders
The Pirates, through the midway points of the eighth week of softball action, have several players that are ranked highly in Conference USA ...  Junior Kristi Oshiro leads the conference in triples (5) and is tied for the league lead in doubles (10) ... She is second in batting average (.380),  third in total bases (58) and slugging percentage (.630), tied for third in runs scored (24), fifth in hits (35) plus tied for eighth in both sacrifice bunts (3), being hit by a pitch (3) and on-baser percentage (.442) ...  Junior Alex Fieldhouse is tied for second in sacrifice flies (2) plus fifth in slugging percentage (.618 and total bases (55) ... She is also tied for fifth in home runs (6) and in triples (2) plus seventh in RBI (21) ...  Junior Jordan Lewis is second in on-base percentage (.458), tied fifth in triples (2), tied for sixth in walks and eighth in stolen bases (10) ... Junior Jill Jelnick is tied for fifth in triples (2) ... Freshman Casey Alcorn is tied for 10th in triples (1) ... Sophomore Sarah Christian is third in appearances (23), fourth in innings pitched (106.2) and games started (16)... Christian is 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 (12) and are tied for third in doubles (38) ... The program is also fourth in total bases (304), fifth in home runs (16), sixth in batting average (.248) and slugging percentage (.389).

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 (0-13 record) ... ECU is also only 1-18 when its opponent crosses home first ... East Carolina is 10-2 on the season though when holding opponents to two runs or less in any game.

Up Next
East Carolina returns home and hosts UNC Wilmington (10-16) on Wednesday, April 3, for a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. at ECU Softball Stadium.