ECU Softball Hosts Elon in Non-Conference Series



April 17, 2014

East Carolina vs. Elon
April 18, 2014 | 5 p.m. (EST)
Greenville, N.C.

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina and Elon will battle in a three-game non-conference series with a doubleheader on Friday, April 18 beginning at 5 p.m., before a single game on Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m., at the ECU Softball Stadium.

The Pirates lead the Phoenix 14-4-1 in the all-time series, while the Pirates are a perfect 9-0 at home in the series. Elon (21-21-1) took last year’s matchup, 6-3, but ECU has won four of the last five meetings.

Last weekend, East Carolina (21-17, 10-8 C-USA) and then-15th-ranked Tulsa collided in a showdown of Conference USA’s top two hitting teams, where the Golden Hurricane took two out of three games. Over the course of the weekend, the Pirates outscored Tulsa, 22-21, which included hitting five home runs in the first game, before picking up a 10-2 run-rule victory in the second contest. The five round-trippers were the most in a single game by ECU since the 2007 team belted six at UNC Wilmington.

Senior corner infielder Alex Fieldhouse is riding a career-high nine-game hitting streak, which is tied with teammate Shelby Johnson for the longest by an ECU player this season. During that span, Fieldhouse is hitting .355 (11-for-31) with two home runs, eight runs scored and a team-best 10 RBI.

Elon enters the weekend with just one victory in its last four games after dropping two of three games against Appalachian State last weekend and a mid-week game at Longwood on Wednesday. The Phoenix is led by Alaina Hall’s .353 batting average and Carleigh Nester’s team-high 12 home runs, while pitcher Caitlin O’Shea is 6-12 in the circle with a 2.96 ERA.

East Carolina Notes:

East Carolina ranks second in Conference USA with a .307 team batting average. The Pirates have stolen the second most bases in the league with 71, but are tops in stolen-base percentage at 88.8 percent. Collectively, ECU makes contact as frequently as anyone in the conference, as it has struck out the second fewest times.

Through 38 games this season, the Pirates are hitting .307 as a team and are right on the heels of the school’s all-time record for team batting average. The 1993 team holds the highest mark at .308 and is the only ECU team to finish above the .300 threshold.

As a team, East Carolina has belted 40 home runs this season, tying the 1999 team for the third most in a season in program history. The 2007 and 2005 teams (58 and 57, respectively) rank first and second all-time. 

ECU flipped on the power switch in its first games in the month of April in a three-game Conference USA series sweep of Southern Miss. East Carolina opened the weekend with two triples and three home runs in an 8-0 run-rule victory over the Golden Eagles in five innings on April 5. Four days later, in the second game of a mid-week doubleheader at NC State, the Pirates crushed three more home runs in a 5-4 setback.  Just three days after that, the team hit five round-trippers at 15th-ranked Tulsa - the most in a single game since the 2007 team hit six at UNC Wilmington.

THE 10/10 CLUB
After belting her 10th homer of the year last weekend, senior first baseman Jordan Lewis joined Alabama State’s Meagan Dixon as one of just two players in all of NCAA Division I softball with double-digit home runs and stolen bases this season.

First baseman Jordan Lewis (10) and corner infielder Alex Fieldhouse (eight) are East Carolina’s top-two home run hitters, and the senior sluggers continue to climb the program’s all-time list. Lewis’ 24-career long-balls rank fifth in program history, while Fieldhouse’s 21 are tied for the sixth most with Beth Bridger (1999-02).