Softball Preview - Games 37-39: Tulsa

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April 5, 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 returns to league play and hosts No. 20/18 Tulsa for three games this weekend starting with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. ECU completes the series against the Golden Hurricane with an 11 a.m. contest on Sunday. The Pirates enter the weekend with an overall record of 14-22 (4-5 C-USA) and have won three-straight Conference USA games.

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

Scouting The Golden Hurricane
Tulsa (29-8-1, 9-0 C-USA) was the preseason pick and are the current frontrunners in the league this season ... Before coming to Greenville, Tulsa played host and lost to current No. 1/1 Oklahoma on Thursday by a 3-1 score ... Jill Barrett leads the offense for the Golden Hurricane with her .408 batting average, 53 hits, 10 doubles and 68 total bases ... Her batting average and hit total are also the most in the conference ... Caitlin Everett is batting .350 and leads the team with 34 runs scored and 18 stolen bases ... Samantha Cobb is the conference leader in RBI with 36 ... She is also leads the team with seven home runs... Lacey Middlebrook is a dual threat player and was the preseason choice for pitcher-of-the-year in the conference ... Middlebrook has a .337 batting average including 11 doubles and six home runs ... In the circle, she is an impressive 12-2 with a 1.40 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 104.2 innings thrown ... Aimee Creger, who has already captured three weekly awards from the conference this season, has been the top pitcher and leads the team with her 15 wins, 13 complete games, 112.1 innings thrown and 165 strikeouts ... She is third nationally in ERA and fifth in strikeouts per game ... Tulsa is coached by John Bargfeldt ... Bargfeldt is in his eighth season with the program and has successful captured four C-USA Championships since taking over the team ... He has an overall record of 286-151-1 in his career at Tulsa ... The Hurricane have reached the NCAA Tournament five times, including an appearance in four of the last five years ... Tulsa is one of only three Conference USA opponents that hold an edge on ECU in the all-time series ... The Golden Hurricane have captured 11 victories to the Pirates' 9 ... Tulsa has also won the last three meetings between the schools ... The Pirates are 7-3 at home against the Golden Hurricane though including a 4-1 victory at the 2011 C-USA Conference Tournament.

Career Numbers vs. Tulsa
Junior Jill Jelnick has hit well against the Golden Hurricane with a .389 batting average (7-for-18), six walks, three runs scored and a pair of RBI ... Junior Jordan Lewis has three career RBI against Tulsa on her five hits ... Junior Kristi Oshiro has a .316 batting average (6-for-19) with three doubles and four walks in seven games against the Golden Hurricane ... Jasmine Robbins is hitting .385 with five career lifetime hits against Tulsa pitching.

East Carolina Versus Ranked Opponents
The Pirates will again play a ranked opponent this weekend with their three games against No. 20/18 Tulsa ... ECU is 0-4 against ranked opponents on the season ... Since 1996, the Pirates have played 75 games against teams ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll ... In those contests, East Carolina is 9-66, including a mark of 3-34 since 2008 ... Last season, the Pirates played six games against ranked teams.

On This Date (Weekend Edition)
East Carolina has an all-time record of 29-17 on the dates from April 6-7 ... The Pirates are 13-13 on April 6 and last took on UAB on the date in 2012 ... ECU is an impressive 16-4 on April 7 and played against UAB last season

Last Time Out
The Pirates split their midweek doubleheader on Wednesday with UNC Wilmington ... ECU took the first game 3-2, but fell in the night cap 5-3 in eight innings ... The first game was a thriller that saw ECU rally from a 2-0 deficit with a run in the sixth and a pair in the bottom of the seventh ... Alex Fieldhouse completed the comeback with her two-RBI single to score Meredith Mitchell and a hard-charging Jill Jelnick ... Sarah Christian earned her 11th win of the season in throwing her 11th complete game of the campaign ... ECU led in the second game 3-0 after a Kelsi Briggs two-run double in the third inning, but the Seahawks rallied to tie the game with a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth inning ... UNCW ended up scoring a pair of runs in the eighth inning to take the series split ... The loss to UNCW in the second game was only the 15th time that ECU has lost to the Seahawks in 94 career games.

Not Uncharted Territory
The Pirates are currently 4-5 in league play for only the second time in the last 12 seasons (2004 and 2013) ... Upon completion of nine games, ECU has started Conference USA play .500 or below a total of five times since joining the league prior to the 2002 season (1-8 in 2003, 4-5 in 2004, 2-7 in 2006, 3-6 in 2012 and 4-5 in 2013).

Fieldhouse Named C-USA Hitter-Of-The-Week
Junior third baseman Alex Fieldhouse was selected as the Conference USA Hitter-of-the-Week on Monday, April 1 ... The selection is the first of Fieldhouse's career and the initial league honor for a Pirate this season ... She hit .412 (7-for-17) in the team's five games from March 27-March 30 ... She also totaled four runs scored, four doubles, nine RBI, 14 total bases, a .874 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .421 ... Five of her seven hits went for extra bases and she produced five two-out RBI on the week.

Scoreless Inning Streak
The Pirate pitching staff threw back-to-back shutout in the last two games of the UTEP series (3/29-30) and have a current 12-inning scoreless inning streak in conference play heading to this weekend ... The last time the Pirates threw consecutive shutouts was also against UTEP during the 2011 season.

Leaving Nothing To Chance
Sophomore Courtney Smith has a pair of wins on the season with both coming when she threw complete-game shutouts of the opposition (North Dakota - 3/3 and UTEP - 3/29).

The Last Meeting
East Carolina6
March 18, 2012
Tulsa, Okla.
Pirates Fall 7-6 As Tulsa Sweeps Series
Box Score | Live Chat Replay
After falling twice at Tulsa on Saturday, East Carolina (10-17, 0-3 C-USA) held a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Tulsa (19-6, 5-1 C-USA) scored four times to claim a 7-6 victory Sunday afternoon.



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 nine starts ... Despite the 5-3 overall record, she sports a fine 1.69 ERA and has fanned 30 in her 54 innings in the circle.

On A Streak
After getting recording a hit in each game against UNC Wilmington (4/3), Jordan Lewis has reached base safely in 28 of the team's last 31 games ... Lewis, in that time, is hitting .359 (28-for-78) with an on-base percentage of .485 ... She also has reached base safely in each of her last 12 games and that is only two off her career high.

Sneaky Fast
Jordan Lewis is 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts this season and has only been thrown out twice in 30 career attempts on the base paths.

Individual Conference Leaders
The Pirates, through the midway point of the ninth week of softball action, have several players that are ranked highly in Conference USA ...  Junior Kristi Oshiro is tied for the conference in triples (5)  and doubles (11) ... She is second in the league in batting average (.400), tied for second in runs (31), third in on-base percentage (.480) and hits (42), fifth in slugging percentage (.629), tied for fifth in sacrifice bunts (6) and total bases (66) ... Oshiro is also tied for 10th in the league in getting hit by a pitch (3) ... Junior Alex Fieldhouse is tied for the league lead in sacrifice flies (3) ... She is second in RBI (31) and slugging percentage (.636), tied for third in total bases (68), tied for fourth in doubles (10), tied for fifth in triples (2), seventh in hits (36) and tied for seventh in home runs (6) ... Junior Jordan Lewis is third in walks (19), tied for fifth in triples (2), seventh in on-base percentage (.461), eighth in stolen bases (11) and 10th in batting average (.347) ... Junior Jill Jelnick is tied for third in sacrifice flies (2), ranks tied for fifth in triples (2) and 10th in runs scored (21) ... Freshman Kelsi Briggs is tied for third in sacrifice flies (2) ... Junior Jasmine Robbins is tied for 10th in being hit by pitches ... Sophomore Sarah Christian is third in appearances (27), fourth in innings pitched (129.2) and games started (19)... Christian is fifth in wins (11), tied for sixth in games in relief (8), ninth in strikeouts (80) and 10th in ERA (2.86).

Team Conference Leaders
ECU, as a team, is tied for the conference lead in triples (12) and are third in doubles (47) hits (242) and total bases (367) ... The program is also fifth in home runs (18) plus sixth in runs (135), slugging percentage (.398), on-base percentage (.331), RBI (118) and stolen bases (31).

NCAA Leaders
Kristi Oshiro ranks among the NCAA leaders in several categories in the third release of statistics this week (3/31) ... Oshiro is fifth in triples (5.0), 13th in triples per game (0.15), 38th in toughest to strikeout (25.0), 69th in doubles per game (0.29), 87th in batting average (.400), 122nd in on-base percentage (.480) ... Alex Fieldhouse also finds herself among the NCAA leaders in sacrifice flies (3.0 - 15th) ... She is also 69th in doubles per game (0.29), 90th in triples (2.0) and 132nd in RBI per game (0.85) ... Jordan Lewis is 90th nationally in triples per game (2.0), 136th in walks (0.56) and 145th in on-base percentage (.472) ... In the circle, Sarah Christian is 88th in walks per seven innings (1.93) and 100th in wins (11.0) ... Courtney Smith ranks 119th in shutouts nationally (2.0)

Need To Keep Them Scoreless in the First
Against UTEP (3/29), the Pirates picked up their first win of the season when the opponent scores in the opening inning and are now 1-13 when that happens this year ... After the comeback win against UNCW, ECU is 2-18 when its opponent crosses home first ... East Carolina is 13-2 on the season  when holding opponents to two runs or less in any game and 8-4 themselves when the scoring in the first frame.

Home Sweet Home
ECU has a 8-12 record in home games this season ... Junior Kristi Oshiro has led the team with her .389 batting average (23-for-59), eight doubles and four triples ... Fellow junior Alex Fieldhouse has also stood out at home with her .356 batting average (21-for-59) with four home runs and 16 RBI ... Sophomore Sarah Christian has seven of the team's wins with a 2.61 ERA in 69.2 innings thrown ... ECU has a team batting average of .272 at home and a team ERA of 3.37.

Up Next
East Carolina continues conference play and heads to Huntington, West Virginia for a three-game set against Marshall (23-12, 9-3 C-USA) from April 13-14.