N.C. State Visits Greenville For Two
April 12, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina takes a brief Conference USA break and completes its five-game home stand Wednesday with a 4:00 p.m. doubleheader against rival N.C. State (18-19). The Pirates (29-13) are looking to extend their recent success against in-state foes, having claimed 16 of the last 17 matchups versus North Carolina opponents.
Last weekend against UCF, East Carolina dropped two extra-inning decisions Saturday before responding with a 1-0 win Sunday. In the opener, the Knights scored the game's only run in the 11th. The second game had senior Sissy Jimenez drive in the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh, but UCF scored in the eighth and held on for a 3-2 victory. Sunday, junior Suzanne Riggs scored in the bottom of the fifth on a throwing error and senior Toni Paisley tied the C-USA career wins total with 108.
The Pirates Against The Wolfpack
A year ago in Raleigh, ECU claimed a 1-0 victory in eight innings followed by a 7-0 win. In the opener, Riggs' single up the middle with two outs in the top of the eighth plated Charina Sumner, who reached on an infield single. Paisley recorded the win after allowing just four hits and striking out 10. Jimenez powered the offense in the second game, hitting the first two home runs of her career and driving in three runs. Kai Clark also homered to back Faith Sutton's two-hit performance.
In N.C. State's last visit to Greenville, Cristen Aona hit a two-out, two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to give ECU a 3-1 victory. The Pirates had taken a 1-0 lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Jessica Johnson, only to have NCSU answer with a run in the sixth when Claudia Cooper singled home Alyssa Ishibashi. Paisley picked up the win after striking out 14 and scattering six hits.
Dominate The State
East Carolina defeated UNC Greensboro twice and Campbell once near the end of 2009 and went 11-0 versus Campbell, N.C. Central, UNC Greensboro, N.C. State, UNC Wilmington and Elon last season. So far this season, the Pirates have split with UNC Wilmington, winning 8-0 and falling 2-1, and topped Campbell 6-0 Feb. 27.
The Start Of Something Good
From the doubleheader sweep to the end of the season, East Carolina went 19-4, claimed the first C-USA regular season and tournament titles in program history and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Austin Regional Championship game.
It was the pitching of Paisley and Sutton that really heated up following the pair of wins. The duo combined to throw 16 shutouts, including 10 consecutive from May 1-14, and post a 0.77 earned run average for the remainder of the year.
One More Win
And Closing In On Two Other C-USA Records
A Clutch Appearance Against UCF, Again
It was the second time in Jimenez's career she tallied a pinch-hit RBI single against the Knights as she also had one March 29, 2009, in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Sunday series finale.
Three Bases For Jelnick
Taking Two Or Three
Gradually Cutting Back