Pirates Host Marshall For Senior Weekend
April 26, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Coming off a rain-shortened two-game series sweep of Southern Miss, East Carolina (21-25, 7-10 C-USA) remains at home for another Conference USA set this weekend as Marshall (30-18, 11-7 C-USA) makes the trip to Greenville. The teams square off in a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and complete the series Sunday with a 12:00 p.m. contest that will serve as the Pirates' Senior Day, honoring Suzanne Riggs and Priscilla Velasquez.
Against Southern Miss, East Carolina won both games Saturday before the Sunday finale was rained out. The Pirates captured 2-1 and 3-1 victories as 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. Game two had ECU sophomore Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin deliver the deciding run with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the second. 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.
The Pirates Against The Thundering Herd
The Last Meeting
March 20, 2011
A year ago in Huntington, ECU won 10-1 and 3-2 before falling 3-2 in the finale. In the opener, the Pirates were ahead 3-1 before a seven-run sixth inning put the game away. Jordan Lewis tallied three hits and Kristi Oshiro and Abby Wynne each had two runs batted in during the contest. With game two tied 1-1 after seven innings, Fieldhouse led off the eighth with a solo home run and Oshiro drove in Robbins as East Carolina held on for the victory. Sunday, a three-run home run by Rebecca Gamby in the bottom of the third was all the offense the Thundering Herd needed as pitchers Natalee Pulver and Rachel Rillo held ECU to three hits.
In 2010, the teams split four meetings. Marshall won 8-7 in nine innings at the Lipton Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., Feb. 19. East Carolina trailed 7-1 in the fifth before tying it in the seventh, only to have Marshall win on a bases-loaded walk to Marcena Bertoldo in the bottom of the ninth. In the three-game series in Greenville, ECU won the opener 4-3 as Marina Gusman-Brown hit a game-tying two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and Kaui Tom had a sacrifice fly in the ninth to bring home the deciding run. Marshall hit two home runs and Alysia Hively drove in three during the Thundering Herd's 10-6 victory in game two. In the finale, Gusman-Brown and Tom combined to drive in seven runs as ECU rolled to a 10-0 win.
Getting Back On Track
Going For .500 In League Action
Greenville = Winville
Sweeping Aside Conference USA Foes
In 2010 and 2011, the Pirates set and then tied the program record with four league series sweeps.
One Big Arm
Been There, Did It Again
It is the sophomore's third career solo game-deciding home run against a Conference USA foe as she hit one against Marshall in the second contest and one versus Houston in the semifinals of the league tournament a year ago.
Extending Her Streak
The streak is the second longest on the team this season, behind only sophomore Lewis' 10-gamer. Since the start of the 2005 campaign, only eight Pirates, including Lewis, have compiled hitting streaks of nine games or longer. Paige Baggett (2006) and Krista Jessup (2005) own the longest strings at 11 contests each.
Finding Her Groove In The Circle
The positive streak started for the Yuba City, Calif., product seven starts ago. During the span, she has gone 4-2 with a 2.53 earned run average. In her previous six starts, Smith went 0-4 with a 12.39 ERA.
15 For The Rookie
The win made the Greenville product only the fifth freshman in program history, and third since 1996, to record 15 triumphs. Christian's 174.1 innings pitched are also the fourth most by an ECU rookie. Toni Paisley (2007) holds the freshman win record with 21 while Jill Rowlands (1994) has the innings mark at 193.0.
Big Bat, Big Hits, Big Second Half
Nothing Free Issued