Pirates Open New Softball Stadium With 8-0 Win

GREENVILLE, N.C. - After 26 years of competition at the ECU Softball Field, East Carolina opened its new facility, the ECU Softball Stadium, in style with an 8-0 victory over UNC Wilmington Wednesday afternoon. The Pirates (3-3) pounded 13 hits and held UNC Wilmington (0-5) to just one. Freshman Kristi Oshiro went 3-4 and scored twice while junior Suzanne Riggs was 2-2 with two runs batted in.

With the triumph, the Pirates claimed their 12th-consecutive victory over the Seahawks and 15th-straight against teams from North Carolina.

Senior Toni Paisley (3-1) earned the victory, going the first five innings. She allowed the one hit and fanned eight. The win was the 89th of Paisley’s career, giving her sole possession of third on the ECU and Conference USA career lists. The eight whiffs also leave her just 11 shy of the program and league record. Paisley now has 937 career Ks. Junior Faith Sutton came in to throw the final inning, sending down the side in order. Samme Lisowsky (0-3) suffered the loss for the Seahawks, pitching the first one-and-two-thirds and allowing three runs on six hits. Amanda Davenport went three innings (one run) and Amanda Aditays tossed the final two-thirds (four runs) for UNC Wilmington.

East Carolina wasted little time getting on the board, taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After a groundout started the half inning, the Pirates strung together three-straight singles to score. Oshiro singled to right, marking the first hit at the new facility (see chart below for a list of stadium firsts). Riggs followed with a shot to left and classmate Priscilla Velasquez with one through the right side to deliver Oshiro. Following a strikeout, freshman Alex Fieldhouse drove in Riggs with a single to left field.

The Pirates put a two-out rally together in the bottom of the second to make it a 3-0 lead. Oshiro converted a 10-pitch at-bat into a double and Riggs singled to center to plate Oshiro. Velasquez was hit by a pitch and senior Sissy Jimenez drew a walk to load the bases for sophomore Kai Clark. Clark sent a hard grounder to shortstop Lauryn Buckworth, who made the stop and forced out Velasquez at third base, ending the threat.

In the bottom of the third, ECU added another run to make it a 4-0 advantage. Fieldhouse and freshman Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin drew back-to-back walks to start the frame. Classmate Jasmine Robbins laid down a bunt and the Seahawk catcher had no play, allowing Robbins to record her first career hit. After a strikeout and fielder’s choice, Riggs drew a bases loaded walk to plate Kaluhiokalani-Glackin. It was ECU’s second bases loaded walk of the season as Oshiro drew one against Lipscomb in the season opener.

UNC Wilmington recorded its only hit in the top of the fifth when Daniela Torres singled through the left side to lead off the frame. Torres tried to go to second when the throw from the outfield sailed high, but freshman second baseman Jill Jelnick chased the ball down the right-field line and threw out Torres at second. Paisley retired the next two batters on a groundout and lineout.

The Pirates ended the game in the bottom of the sixth with four more runs, creating an eight-run mercy. Freshman Abby Wynne led off with a triple off the base of the wall in left field. Sophomore Cicely Lopez drove in Wynne with a single through the right side. Jelnick delivered Lopez with a triple of her own. Robbins picked up her second hit of the game and plated Jelnick with a double to left center. Oshiro ended the game with a triple to right center that scored Robbins.

East Carolina returns to action Friday with a pair of games starting at 2:00 p.m. The Pirates take on Virginia (3-1), then St. John’s (2-3) 20 minutes after the completion of the Cavaliers contest. The games are part of the Pirate Classic, which continues throughout the weekend and includes Hofstra (4-1) and Kent State (2-2). ECU takes on the Pride and Golden Flashes Saturday at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., respectively, and faces the Red Storm again Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

East Carolina Softball Stadium Firsts:

Pitch - Toni Paisley ball
Single - Kristi Oshiro (bottom 1st)
Double - Kristi Oshiro (bottom 2nd)
Triple - Abby Wynne (bottom 6th)
RBI - Priscilla Velasquez (bottom 1st)
Run Scored - Kristi Oshiro (bottom 1st)
Strikeout - UNC Wilmington’s Allison Lanouette (top 1st)
Walk - Sissy Jimenez (bottom 2nd)
Hit by Pitch - UNC Wilmington’s Nicole Tuttle (top 1st)
Stolen Base - Rebecca Lee (bottom 4th/second base)

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2011 at 04:43 PM
    Wow. ECU supports its teams. Simply Amazing.
  • by man who loves softball on Feb 21, 2011 at 08:46 AM
    @ Amazed ! Are you kidding me are you really going to be that ridiculous instead of criticizing maybe you should watch some womens softball, its a great sport, I love to watch the pitching and find it much better than baseball! Faster moving more entertaining! I am a 40 year old man who enjoys ladies softball! if i lived in g-ville i would get season tickets!
  • by Amazed on Feb 17, 2011 at 04:53 PM
    They are so desperate for sports in ENC that the locals even pull for a women's softball team! HA HA HAAAAAA!! HA HA HAAAAA!
  • by FedUp! Location: Pitt on Feb 17, 2011 at 09:34 AM
    I'm glad that the ladies are finally getting the facilities they deserve. The Pirate softball program has been more successful than any other in the state going back for years! Its time they finally get the facilities they have worke for! Congrats on the 1st win in the new facilty. Abby Wynn, and Suzanne Riggs really made Pitt County proud by the way they played!!!
  • by Harvard Location: Yale on Feb 17, 2011 at 07:41 AM
    These "athletic supporters" waste an inordinate amount of time and money on meaningless sports; not to mention student fees. Sure, there is a place at the university for sports but spending on sports is way out of control. How about some of those funds supporting better educational programs and research. Some of the same athletic supporter should get so excited about academics and things that really matter.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 17, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    Whazzup? Economics does not matter when it comes to making upgrades for ECU. Just to let you know something, if it was not for football, ECU would only have half of the money that it has in the budget. Football is the main source of revenue for the university. Plus, the scoreboard was bought by ISP sports network (thank you ISP). KLS, I think most of the ones who hate to see upgrades for ECU that live in Greenville are scared that Greenville will turn into some megacity with more traffic, which there is nothing wrong with, and like the way Greenville was in the 80's. To Really, you forgot to add Harvey Lewis to the list of Bill Clark and Walter Williams. Also just to let you know something, the basketball team is no longer a joke like it used to be. Jeff Lebo has turned this program around some and ECU actually should have a winning season this year. What make it brighter is that the basketball team will only get better.
  • by Really? Location: DC on Feb 17, 2011 at 06:22 AM
    I wish most of yall would realize that the money that is spent on athletics is raised independently of the University through boosters and other sources and would not be spent on academics anyway. The baseball stadium was built with a 10-12 million dollar donation from (Bill Clark and Walter Williams I think?). People who donate to the Athletics Program are donating to improve facilities and athletics because this is the largest revenue generator that the university has, besides the Government. IMO, I am glad that the softball team finally got this stadium because they deserve more respect than the joke of a basketball team that ECU always has. Sure throw in a freak win over NCSU or another big name team once every 5-7 years to give some false hope, but aside from that, it is pathetic. Season tickets to softball are a much better investment than basketball.
  • by kls on Feb 17, 2011 at 05:11 AM
    To Wazzup? You are looking at it in a very short view. Most of the projects were funded privately like the football stadium and ISP paid for the scoreboard. Sure it is used 7 times a year but when you get nearly 50,000 6 times a year it pays for it's self without hurting academics. Athletics enhance your brand as a school and it then helps academics. Don't look at it with such a narrow mind. And to JTG...you can't be serious. The fields are not even close to the same size and the logistics of trying to do that would cost more in the long run then the cost of the new softball staduim. But we know that anything ECU does positively there is going to be people who hate it. I guess it was ok for UNC to get public dollars to fund the Dean Dome or expand their football staduim...same with NC State. Where is the outrage there? It's only when ECU does it people complain.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Feb 17, 2011 at 03:17 AM
    Go Pirates, glad you opened the beautiful stadium with a win.
  • by JTG on Feb 16, 2011 at 07:40 PM
    ECU should have saved some money and had the softball team use the baseball field.
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