ECU Looks For Sunday Win In Houston
April 14, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina (16-25, 4-10 C-USA) finishes its fifth Conference USA series of the season Sunday against Houston (26-15, 11-3 C-USA) with a 1:00 p.m. ET contest.
Saturday, the Pirates dropped two decisions, falling 13-5 in five innings and 6-2. In the first contest, the Cougars Melissa Gregson drove in three runs and scored four while Jennifer Klinkert went three-for-three with a trio of RBI. ECU sophomore Alex Fieldhouse tallied two hits and a pair of runs batted in to lead the Pirate offense. Houston took the second game with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh by Jaime Edwards. East Carolina sophomore Jasmine Robbins hit a two-run home run to account for the Pirates' two runs.
Adding To The Win Total
In the East Carolina freshman record book, Christian now stands sixth in wins. Toni Paisley holds the rookie record with 21 victories in 2007. Christian's 160.1 innings pitched are also the sixth most in a year by an East Carolina freshman hurler. Jill Rowlands set the mark with 193.0 frames tossed in 1994.
Returning To Form
Entering the matchups with the Blazers, Fieldhouse had been mired in a four-for-40 slump. Prior to the skid, she had posted the highest batting average of any player at the DeMarini Invitational, hitting .615 during the four games March 3-4, tallied a career-high-matching three hits against Creighton on March 10 and led the Pirates with a .375 batting average following the contest versus the Blue Jays.
Finding It Hard To Stay Out Front
Among The Nation's Best
The Pirates also stand among the nation's top 40 in triples per game. ECU has hit nine this season, good for third in C-USA. The 0.23 three-base hits per game were ranked 39th at the Division I level through April 8 contests.