Southern Miss Visits ECU For C-USA Series
April 20, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Riding a three-game winning streak, East Carolina (19-25, 5-10 C-USA) welcomes Southern Miss (12-24, 4-11 C-USA) to Greenville for the Pirates' sixth Conference USA series of the season. The teams play a doubleheader Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and finish the set Sunday with a 12:00 p.m. contest.
Three special events will take place at the ECU Softball Stadium over the weekend as Saturday is Youth Day, Sunday the local Exceptional Community Baseball League will play a game on the field with the East Carolina softball players following the series finale and the entire series has been designated as Alumni Weekend. Between games one and two Saturday, all previous Pirate letterwinners in attendance will be recognized on the field.
Wednesday, in ECU's final regular season nonconference contests, the Pirates used three big innings to sweep Longwood 5-0 and 5-2. In the opener, a two-run pinch-hit single off the bat of junior Cicely Lopez delivered the game-winning tally as East Carolina scored five times in the bottom of the sixth. In the nightcap, three runs in the first, on an RBI triple from sophomore Jordan Lewis and a two-run home run by senior Suzanne Riggs, and two more in the sixth on a double by sophomore Jasmine Robbins provided the offense. Lewis finished the doubleheader five-for-six with two runs scored and one batted in.
The two wins pushed the Pirates' 2012 home record to 11-5. Since the ECU Softball Stadium opened last year, the team is 31-16 (.660 winning percentage) in Greenville.
The Pirates Against The Golden Eagles
The Last Meeting
April 3, 2011
A year ago in Hattiesburg, East Carolina won the three games, 6-0, 5-1 and 8-1. In the opener, Toni Paisley threw her sixth career no-hitter and Riggs and Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin drove in two runs each. Game two had Riggs plate two more and Lewis added a two-run home run. In the finale, Robbins delivered three runs and Riggs tallied two more RBI to back Paisley's four-hit performance.
During the Golden Eagles' last visit to Greenville, in 2010, the Pirates recorded 4-0, 1-0 and 5-0 victories. In game one, Vanessa Moreno led off the second inning with a home run before ECU tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. The second contest had Riggs drive in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh with a pinch-hit single as Faith Sutton allowed just three hits. In the Sunday series finale, the Pirates scored in each of the first three innings as Paisley threw her second shutout in as many days.
The teams also met during the first round of the 2010 Conference USA Tournament, with the Pirates winning 8-0 in five innings. Moreno went three-for-three and scored twice, Kaui Tom drove in three runs and Paisley scattered three hits and struck out eight.
Winning Against The Top Of Conference USA
Rough Road, Happy Home
Hits, Runs, We Want More
Despite the team's high batting average, East Carolina's 66 runs scored rank fifth in the conference, trailing Houston (89), UTEP (77), Tulsa (75) and UCF (70).
A Chance To Become Even Better
Active players on the Pirate roster have also compiled a .278 career batting average (25-of-90) against the Golden Eagles. Riggs has hit .545 (six-of-11) versus USM pitchers while Robbins tallied a .500 average (four-of-eight) last year in Hattiesburg.
The First Is Now In The Books, Part I
The shutout victory is the latest in a string of six strong starts by Smith. In that time, she is 3-2 to go along with a 2.87 earned run average. In her previous six starts, she was 0-4 with a 12.39 ERA.
The First Is Now In The Books, Part II
Smith has become more comfortable in C-USA action and dramatically improved her performances. Following her first two league starts, she owned a 12.60 earned run average. In the last four, however, she holds a 4.50 ERA.
Rolling Along, Again
The performances extended Lewis' hitting streak to six games. From March 18 to April 4, the Fremont, Calif., native had a career-long 10-game run. Prior to the start of the March 18 string, she was hitting .266, but her average now sits at .315.
In C-USA contests, ECU has tallied 20 of its 58 RBI (34.5 percent) and hit .244 (31-of-127) with two outs.