The East Carolina softball team fell twice to Campbell on Wednesday afternoon at the ECU Softball Field, dropping the games 6-3 and 12-4 in five innings. The Pirates dip to 30-25 overall while the Camels improve to 35-20 on the season.
Campbell took a 1-0 lead in the first contest in the top of the first inning when Karlie Love laced an RBI single up the middle. The Camels added to their advantage in the top of the fourth, using five hits and an ECU error to plate five runs and assume a 6-0 lead.
The Pirates responded in the bottom of the fifth. Cristen Aona led off the half-inning with a single up the middle. Then, Erin St. Ledger poked a single of her own to center field. The next batter, Paige Baggett, continued the hit parade, singling through the middle. As Sissy Jimenez stepped to the plate, Aona was able to score on a wild pitch that also advanced the other runners a base. After Jimenez struck out, Charina Sumner hit a fly ball to left that was deep enough to score a run and cut the East Carolina deficit to 6-2. Angel Barrella then stepped to plate and ripped a double to left center that scored Baggett, leaving the score at 6-3 in Campbell's favor. The Pirates received a leadoff single by St. Ledger in the bottom of the seventh but could not push her across as the game ended with the 6-3 score line.
The Camels jumped on top again in game two, scoring five runs on five hits to take a 5-0 advantage after their first at bat. They would add to their lead in the top of the second, getting a home run from Courtney Quinn and scoring an unearned run to push the score to 7-0. A three-run long ball by Shay Cullum in the top of the third further extended the Campbell lead to 10-0 before it was held scoreless in the top of the fourth.
ECU put a three-run inning together in the bottom of the fourth with RBI singles by Tiffany Shaw, Barrella and Sumner, pulling itself to within 10-3. However, a two-run shot by Cullum gave the Camels a 12-3 advantage that would help them end the game in five innings. The Pirates used a RBI groundout by Jimenez in the bottom of the fifth but could not keep the eight-run rule from coming into effect.
East Carolina returns to Conference USA action this weekend as they travel to Memphis for a three-game set with the Tigers at the. The series is scheduled to begin on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.