ECU Goes For Sweep Sunday
April 21, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina (21-25, 7-10 C-USA) goes for its second Conference USA series sweep of the season Sunday against Southern Miss (12-26, 4-13 C-USA) with a 12:00 p.m. contest. The Pirates have won five-straight games and three consecutive contests in league play.
Saturday, ECU downed the Golden Eagles 2-1 and 3-1. Freshmen pitchers Courtney Smith and Sarah Christian each threw a complete game and combined to allow just seven hits without walking a batter. In the opener, a two-out solo home run from sophomore Alex Fieldhouse in the bottom of the sixth made a winner of Smith, who retired 13 of the final 14 Southern Miss batters with only Omeshia Moffett reaching after being hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fifth. Game two had ECU sophomore Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin provide the deciding run with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore Jasmine Robbins accounted for the other two runs as she tallied an RBI single and the final run scored when her fly ball was dropped by Moffett in right field.
A Career-Best Weekend
In the Sunday finale, Kaluhiokalani-Glackin matched her career high with two hits. She has an overall batting average of .193 this season after hitting .099 in 2011. She recorded only four hits in 24 C-USA tilts last season and has seven hits so far this year.
Velasquez Does It All
Earlier in the contest, Velasquez tallied her first career hit against the Cougars with a one-out solo home run to left center in the top of the third inning.
Fieldhouse Back In The Groove
Robbins Warming Up
Robbins has followed the same path this season, warming up as the year goes on. After posting a .254 batting average in her 23 games prior to C-USA action, the sophomore has hit a team second-best .320 during conference contests. She is tied with classmate Jill Jelnick for the most hits on the squad (16) and holds the second-highest slugging percentage (.460).
Making It Count The Last Time
During league contests this year, the Greenville native is tied for second in C-USA in on-base percentage (.500), tied for third in walks (12), fifth in slugging percentage (.659), tied for eighth in runs batted in (14) and eighth in batting average (.366). In all games, Riggs stands second in walks (25), sixth in on-base percentage (.449), tied for eighth in home runs (eight) and eighth in slugging percentage (.589).
The Most Effective 1-2 Punch
The pair's batting averages indicate that the most effective order is Oshiro leading off, where she is hitting .310 this season, with Jelnick second, where she has posted a .324 average. With Jelnick in the leadoff spot, she is hitting .299, but Oshiro slips to .217 in the second slot. The Pirates have also gone 8-4 with Oshiro leading off, but 12-18 with Jelnick in the No. 1 position.
A Thin Line Between A Win And A Loss
An Offensive Boost
With at least seven games remaining on the schedule, ECU is on pace to score 239 runs, its second most since 2009 behind only the 249 in 2010.