GREENVILLE, N.C. - Senior Toni Paisley threw the fifth no-hitter of her career in game one and junior Faith Sutton followed with a three-hit shutout in the second contest as East Carolina defeated Charleston Southern 4-0 and 3-0 Tuesday afternoon at the ECU Softball Stadium. The no-hitter moved Paisley into third place on the Conference USA all-time list, two behind DePaul's Lindsay Chouinard (2000-03) for the record.
For the Pirate offense, in the first game four players drove in runs and four scored runs. During the second contest, freshmen Jordan Lewis and Jasmine Robbins each had two hits with Lewis and classmate Abby Wynne each driving in a run.
Paisley's victory in game one was the 101st of her career. She is one shy of tying Jenny Parsons for the all-time ECU record and seven short of matching Chouinard for the C-USA standard. Paisley (15-4) struck out 13, issued one walk and hit a batter. She retired the last 13 batters she faced. Morgan Dowdy (4-10) took the loss for the Buccaneers, allowing four runs on eight hits and a pair of walks. She struck out four in six innings of work.
Sutton (6-4) picked up the win in the second game, tossing all seven innings. She gave up just three hits and one walk. Sutton also struck out seven in the contest. Kimberly Hobbs (7-6) was handed the loss for the Buccaneers after surrendering three runs, two earned, on seven hits and a trio of walks. She also fanned a pair.
In the opener, the Pirates (21-8) struck first, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second. Junior Priscilla Velasquez led off with a double to center. Classmate Suzanne Riggs followed with a grounder to the third baseman, who looked Velasquez back to second and allowed Riggs to beat the throw to first. A single to center by freshman Alex Fieldhouse loaded the bases with no outs. After a pop out, Robbins was hit by a pitch, forcing in Velasquez. Classmate Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin drove in the second run with a single to left that brought home Riggs for a 2-0 advantage. It was Kaluhiokalani-Glackin's first career RBI. A fielder's choice by freshman Kristi Oshiro plated Fieldhouse before a groundout ended the inning.
The Buccaneers (11-16) mounted their best scoring threat in the top of the third. After a strikeout started the inning, Ari Tedesco reached on a fielding error by Fieldhouse. A strikeout followed, but Kristin Kelleher drew a walk to put runners on first and second with two outs. Paisley rebounded with another strikeout to end the threat.
East Carolina put runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the fourth, but was held off the board. Fieldhouse was hit by a pitch and Lewis reached on a throwing error by the pitcher. A double play on a bunt attempt and a strikeout swinging kept the Pirates in check.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Pirates tacked on another run for the 4-0 final. Oshiro led off with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Rebecca Lee, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single to right by senior Sissy Jimenez. Velasquez reached on a fielder's choice as Jimenez was forced out at second on a ground ball. Riggs singled up the middle, putting runners on first and second with two outs. The pair moved up a base with a passed ball, but the inning ended with a foul out to left by Fieldhouse.
Paisley retired the Buccaneers in order in the sixth and seventh innings to seal the blanking and no-hitter.
In the second contest, ECU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Oshiro led off with a walk. It was her 12th-straight game reaching base when leading off the ECU first inning. A walk to Lee followed and Velasquez put down a bunt that she beat out for a single, loading the bases with no outs. A single through the left side by Lewis brought home Oshiro and refilled the bases. A strikeout, lineout and fly out, however, ended the Pirate threat.
The Buccaneers recorded their first base hit of the day in the top of the third with a one-out liner into left field by Melissa Adams. Tedesco then hit a liner up the middle. Sutton got a glove on it, and shortstop Kaluhiokalani-Glackin made the catch and fired to first in time to double off Adams and retire Charleston Southern.
East Carolina added another run to make it 2-0 in the bottom of the third. Velasquez led off with a walk and went to third on a double to the gap in left center by Lewis. A sacrifice fly to left field by Wynne drove in Velasquez. A lineout and fly out closed the frame.
The Pirates scored again in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead 3-0. Robbins singled to start the frame, but was caught stealing for the first out. Kaluhiokalani-Glackin was hit by a pitch and after a fly out to left she stole second base. Kaluhiokalani-Glackin finished the contest with a career-high two stolen bases. Lee hit a grounder to the shortstop that she did not handle cleanly, allowing Kaluhiokalani-Glackin to score. A groundout to the first baseman by Velasquez ended the inning.
Charleston Southern had its leadoff batter reach in the top of the fifth as Jana Matthews walked, but a pair of strikeouts and a groundout left her stranded.
In the top of the sixth, the Buccaneers got a one-out double from Megan Lombard, who moved to third on a groundout to second base. Sutton retired Jessica Brock on another groundout to Oshiro at second base to end the threat.
East Carolina put its leadoff batter on in the bottom of the sixth as sophomore Cicely Lopez beat out an infield single. Freshman Mahrisch Medina reached on a fielder's choice as Lopez was thrown out at second on the ground ball. Freshman Jill Jelnick followed with a single into left, putting runners on first and second with one out. A pair of groundouts left both runners on base.
Sutton retired the Buccaneers in order in the seventh to preserve the victory.
The Pirates (1-2 in Conference USA) return to C-USA action this weekend with three games at rival Marshall (10-13, 0-3 C-USA). The teams play a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and complete the series with a 12:00 p.m. Sunday contest.