Pirates Host C-USA Championship
May 10, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - For the first time in program history, East Carolina will host the Conference USA Championship. The Pirates enter the tournament as the No. 5 seed after posting a 14-10 mark in C-USA action. ECU faces No. 4 seed Memphis (35-11) Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the first round. The Tigers finished 15-7 in league play.
Last weekend at Longwood, the Pirates defeated the host Lancers and UMBC Saturday. Sunday, in the rematch against Longwood, the Lancers hit two home runs in a 3-0 win. Freshman Kristi Oshiro drove in both game-winning runs Saturday and classmate Jasmine Robbins batted .500 for the weekend. Another freshman, Jill Jelnick, led the Pirates with four runs scored and also drove in two runs.
A Look Back At The 2010 Title
Southern Miss - First Round
Houston - Semifinals
UCF - Championship
The Pirates Against The Tigers
This year, the teams opened the Conference USA season against each other with the Pirates dropping two of three in Greenville, splitting the Saturday doubleheader with a 4-1 win and 2-1 loss before falling 1-0 Sunday. In the opener, sophomore Kai Clark drove in two runs and scored another while Oshiro drove in the game-winning run with a third-inning double. During the second game, ECU rallied with a run in the seventh but could not tie the contest. Jessica Phillips and Ashleigh King drove in runs 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 by senior Sissy Jimenez. 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 as the only run of the contest.
Pair Of Freshmen Lead The Way
Jelnick has scored a team-high eight runs while standing second on the squad with nine walks and five runs batted in during the span. Robbins has posted ECU's best on-base percentage at .524 and has a career long four-game hitting streak.
The Big Three Hitter
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