ECU Ends Regular Season In Memphis
May 3, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina will complete the Conference USA regular season this weekend with three games at Memphis (19-34, 7-14 C-USA). The teams play a 2:00 p.m. ET doubleheader Saturday and finish with a 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday matchup. The Pirates (23-26, 9-11 C-USA) enter the series having won seven of their last eight contests, putting together their most successful stretch since a nine-game winning streak from Feb. 19-March 4, 2011.
Last weekend against Marshall, ECU suffered an 8-0 setback in the series opener, but bounced back to claim 3-2 and 3-0 victories in the next two games. During game one, the Thundering Herd's Andi Williamson limited the Pirates to just one hit, a seventh-inning single. In the second contest, East Carolina sophomore Jasmine Robbins hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first and classmate Kristi Oshiro added an RBI single in the second as the Pirates held on for the win. Freshman pitcher Sarah Christian recorded the win Saturday and tossed the first Conference USA shutout of her career Sunday in the finale. A two-run single by junior Kai Clark in the fourth inning and a run-scoring double by senior Suzanne Riggs in the fifth provided the ECU offense.
The Pirates Against The Tigers
The Last Meeting
May 12, 2011
Pirates Top Tigers 5-1
A two-out double by freshman Jordan Lewis in the top of the fifth inning drove in the game-winning run and junior Priscilla Velasquez added a career-high tying three runs batted in to lead East Carolina to a 5-1 victory over Memphis in the first round of the Conference USA Championship.
Last year in Greenville during the regular season, the Pirates split the Saturday doubleheader with a 4-1 win and 2-1 loss before falling 1-0 in the finale. In the opener, Clark drove in two runs and scored another while Oshiro delivered the winning run with a third-inning double. During the second contest, ECU rallied with a run in the seventh but could not tie the contest. Jessica Phillips and Ashleigh King tallied RBI for the Tigers and Lauren Carley picked up the win with Janelle Valle recording the save. In the Sunday finale, Valle limited the Pirates to just one hit, a first-inning single. East Carolina was able to put the tying run on first base in the seventh, but the Tigers made Phillips' fourth-inning RBI single stand. Two months later in Greenville for the first round of the C-USA Tournament, the Pirates won 5-1 as a two-out, two-run double from Jordan Lewis broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning. Priscilla Velasquez drove in three runs and Toni Paisley struck out 10 and scattered three hits.
During the last trip to Memphis, on the final weekend of the 2010 campaign, ECU claimed its first Conference USA regular season title with a three-game sweep in which Paisley and Faith Sutton did not allow a run. In the opener, Vanessa Moreno drove in two runs and Marina Gusman-Brown hit a solo homer to provide a 3-0 victory. Game two had Moreno finish with three RBI and Gusman-Brown hit another long ball as the Pirates used a five-run fourth inning to cruise to an 8-0 victory. ECU won the Sunday finale 1-0 on a first-inning RBI single by Gusman-Brown.
A Chance For .500 Overall
And Aiming For Above .500 In League Action
Seeding Still Up For Grabs
On The Hunt For Road Wins
The road has not been so kind to the Pirates this season, however, as they are 8-20 in road or neutral games and 4-13 in true road tilts. In the team's first three C-USA road series, it has gone 1-8, being swept by Tulsa and UCF and winning the finale at Houston.
Too Much To Overcome
Hitting For The Best Offense Since Joining C-USA
Blazing A New Trail
Christian Approaching The Freshman Wins Record
Christian's 188.1 innings pitched are also the third-highest total by a Pirate freshman. Rowlands holds the mark with 193.0 and Paisley checks in second with 191.1.
Picking Up Where She Left Off
In Jelnick's last 23 contests, she has 10 multiple-hit games and owns an ECU-high 14 this year, five more than she tallied a year ago.
Riggs Finishing Strong
This season, Riggs leads the team with eight home runs, 30 runs batted in, a .574 slugging percentage, a .438 on-base percentage and 25 walks. The eight home runs are one shy of making the Pirates' single-season top-10 list. ECU Hall of Fame member Isonette Polonius holds the one-year record with 18 long balls in 1999. Polonius (1997) is tied with Keisha Shepperson (2000) for 10th on the ledger with nine homers.
In only C-USA action, Riggs ranks fifth in the league in slugging percentage (.612), sixth in batting average (.347) and on-base percentage (.468) and tied for seventh in walks (12).