Pirates Host Longwood For Strikeout Cancer Event
April 17, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Coming off a 7-6 win Sunday at then first-place Houston, East Carolina (17-25) takes a short break from Conference USA action Wednesday, hosting Longwood (26-21) for a 5:00 p.m. doubleheader. The games will serve as the Pirates' Pink And Purple Strikeout Cancer event, promoting cancer awareness. Fans who wear pink or purple in support of the cause will receive free admission while the Pirates will be wearing pink jerseys for the contests.
Last weekend at Houston, ECU lost twice Saturday, falling 13-5 and 6-2, but won 7-6 on Sunday. In the opener, the Cougars' Melissa Gregson drove in three runs and scored four while Jennifer Klinkert went three-for-three with a trio of RBI. Pirate sophomore Alex Fieldhouse tallied two hits and a pair of runs batted in to lead the 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 team's two runs. Sunday, Pirate sophomores Kristi Oshiro, Jill Jelnick and Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin each recorded two hits and senior Suzanne Riggs had two hits and a pair of RBI to back freshman pitcher Courtney Smith's first career Conference USA victory. Senior Priscilla Velasquez nailed down the win, throwing the last two innings to earn the initial save of her career.
The Pirates Against The Lancers
The Last Meeting
May 8, 2011
Pirates Fall To Longwood 3-0
In its regular season finale, East Carolina dropped a 3-0 decision at Longwood Sunday afternoon. Nichole Simmons led off the bottom of the first with a home run and Brittany Matthews hit a two-run long ball in the bottom of the fifth while Briana Wells limited the Pirates to four singles.
A year ago, East Carolina took the first game from the Lancers as Jelnick scored three runs and drove in two while Oshiro tallied two RBI and a pair of hits. Toni Paisley scattered five hits and fanned six in the complete-game victory. During the Sunday rematch, Nichole Simmons led off the bottom of the first with a home run and Brittany Matthews hit a two-run long ball in the bottom of the fifth. Longwood pitcher Briana Wells limited the Pirates to just four singles.
In the two previous meetings, ECU claimed a 7-0 triumph April 9, 2005, and a 5-1 victory March 5, 2006. During the initial contest, in Farmville, the Pirates tallied 10 hits to back Keli Harrell's two-hit, nine-strikeout shutout. Leading the way for the offense was Laurel Carlson, who collected three hits. Mandi Nichols and Leigh Savoy each registered two base knocks with one of Savoy's a home run. In 2006, ECU claimed the Hampton Inn Pirate Classic title by defeating the Lancers. Krista Jessup had two doubles and scored a pair of runs while Harrell struck out 10 and scattered six hits in the victory. Beth Nolan, Jessica Johnson and Paige Baggett each drove in a run for the Pirates.
At Home During The Week
Getting One On The Road
In the last three-plus campaigns, the Pirates are 26-7 (.788 winning percentage) in weekday tilts excluding tournament or league contests. ECU has gone 12-3 (.800 winning percentage) in such home matchups.
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