April 8, 2014
|East Carolina at NC State
April 9, 2014 | 4 p.m. (EST)
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Winners in four straight and coming off a Conference USA series sweep of Southern Miss last weekend, the East Carolina softball team will renew its in-state, non-conference rivalry with NC State when it travels to Raleigh on Wednesday, April 9, for a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m., at the Dail Softball Stadium.
The Pirates and Wolfpack will play the 16th and 17th installments in their all-time series as NC State leads, 9-6. The two teams split a doubleheader in Greenville last season, where ECU won game one, 5-2, before falling, 5-3, in the second contest.
Most recently, in their three-game sweep of Southern Miss, the Pirates batted .437 as a team, while out-hitting the Golden Eagles, 31-5. Ten of the team’s hits went for extra bases, which led to 25 total runs and nine stolen bases in 10 attempts. East Carolina (20-13, 9-6 C-USA) swept Saturday’s doubleheader with an 8-0, five-inning run-rule victory in game one and a 5-1 game two win, before winning the finale, 12-1, in five innings.
The Pirates put on a power display with three homers in game one, including a walk-off and run-rule-generating grand slam by Casey Alcorn with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. ECU’s three-homer game was the first since hitting four in the season opener against Grand Canyon, and Alcorn’s grand slam was the program’s first walk-off home run since Kaui Tom on May 2, 2009 against Campbell.
NC State (23-10, 12-4 ACC) has won five-straight ballgames and is 17-1 on its home field so far this season. The Wolfpack is led by shortstop Renada Davis, who leads the team in runs (23), hits (34) doubles (8), home runs (10) and total bases (72). Junior pitcher Emily Weiman ranks in the top five in the NCAA in wins and owns a 20-8 record in the circle, complemented by a 2.17 ERA.
East Carolina Notes:
AN EFFICIENT, OFFENSIVE MACHINE
Through the first week of April, East Carolina ranks second in Conference USA with a .314 team batting average. The Pirates have stolen the second most bases in the league with 59, but are tops in stolen-bases percentage at 89.4 percent. Collectively, ECU makes contact as frequently as anyone in the conference, as it has struck out the second fewest times.
Junior Sarah Christian was named the Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week for the second time in 2014 on April 7, after earning a pair of one-hit victories, including a five-inning complete-game shutout, to lead East Carolina to a three-game sweep of Southern Miss. The junior allowed just two hits and two walks in the two outings while striking out 10 and posting a 0.70 ERA. Christian also received the weekly honor on March 10 after two complete-game wins and leading ECU to a series victory over UAB.
HOME RUN CHASE
First baseman Jordan Lewis (nine) and corner infielder Alex Fieldhouse (six) are East Carolina’s top-two home run hitters, and the senior sluggers continue to climb the program’s all-time list. Lewis’ 23-career long-balls rank fifth in program history, while Fieldhouse’s 19 are the eighth most and place her just one homer behind Mandi Nichols (2002-05) on the all-time list.
WALK THIS WAY
Senior infielder Kristi Oshiro has drawn 101 career walks during her career, and with a base-on-balls against Southern Miss on April 5 became just the fourth player in program history to draw at least 100 walks. Oshiro, who began the season sixth all-time in the category, is currently in fourth place and just three free passes behind Jessica Johnson (2006-09) who ranks third.
CKG's EASY TRANSITION
Senior Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin, who primarily played shortstop during her first three seasons with the Pirates, has started 31-straight games as the team’s leadoff hitter and now plays left field. Not only has she learned a new position, but the Hawai’i native now hits from the left-handed batter’s box and is batting .357 (40-for-112). She also ranks second on the team in stolen bases with 11.