Pirates lose series to Blazers
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. March 17, 2013 – East Carolina’s softball team (9-17, 1-2 C-USA) lost the series finale to UAB (13-6, 5-1 C-USA) on Sunday, March 17, by a close 2-1 score. After winning the opener, ECU ended up losing the series to the Blazers with defeats in the final two games.
Junior Sarah Christian (7-8) was the tough-luck loser for the Pirates. She scattered seven hits, struck out two and walked two in her six innings of work. Lannah Campbell (2-1) allowed just two hits and two walks with nine strike outs in the game to get the victory for UAB.
Junior Jordan Lewis led the offense with both of the ECU hits in the game.
UAB threatened in the opening frame with back-to-back two out hits from Whitney Fletcher and Kristen McGrath, but a long fly out ended the frame to keep the game scoreless heading into the second inning.
The Pirates picked up the first hit of the game as Lewis reached on a one-out single off the shortstop. She then stole second to move into scoring position, but was stranded as the next two were retired on a strikeout and ground out to end the frame.
Kate Armstrong continued to haunt the Pirates with a one-out home run for UAB in the second inning. The hit was her sixth of the three-game series against ECU. The Blazers, aided by an ECU miscue, added a second run in the frame. Megan McGrath walked and moved all the way to third on an error on the ECU second baseman off the bunt by Caitlin Attfield. Amy Dennis followed with a punched single through the left side to drive in McGrath from third. Christian needed to pitch out of a bases loaded jam later in the game after Fletcher reached on her second infield single of the game. She pitched out of it with a called strike out of Kristen McGrath for the third out of the inning to keep the margin at 2-0.
ECU cut the deficit in half with a tally in the fifth inning. Lewis ripped a double to left to start the frame. Thre hit was her second of the game. After a strikeout, Clark grounded out to short to advance Lewis to third. Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin followed with a walk and then stole second. On the stolen base the ball was dropped and then booted away from the second baseman to allow Lewis to score.
The Pirates put the tying run on second base with only one out as junior Kristi Oshiro walked and moved up a base on a wild pitch, but the middle of the ECU lineup went down on back-to-back strike outs to keep the score at 2-1 UAB.
ECU, after playing the last 13 games on the road, finally returns home and hosts Houston for a three-game conference series from March 23-24 at ECU Softball Stadium.