TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The East Carolina softball team finished day one of the Seminole Classic in Tallahassee, Fla., by defeating Florida State 2-1. The Pirates evened their record at 5-5 with the win while the Seminoles fell to 9-3. Charina Sumner drove in the winning run with a double to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning. Toni Paisley started in the circle for ECU and improved to 4-2 on the season.
Florida State put the first run of the game on the board in the top of the second inning when a Michelle Snyder two-out single up the middle drove in Kristie McConn to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead. The Pirates had a chance to answer in the bottom half of the inning, putting two on base with two outs on a Cristen Aona single up and middle and Sarah Bibee walk, but a strikeout ended the threat.
Neither team was able to put another runner on base until the top of the fifth when three straight one-out singles loaded the bases for Florida State. Leadoff batter Carly Wynn then struck out swinging and Monica Montez followed with a foul out to the shortstop to end the inning without any damage.
In the bottom of the fifth the Pirates did not waste another scoring opportunity and took a 2-1 lead that would hold for the rest of the contest. Bibee got things started, leading off the inning with a double to center field. A pop out to the catcher and groundout to the third baseman left Bibee on second with two outs. Angel Barrella then pinch hit and smacked a groundball to the shortstop, whose throwing error to first base allowed Bibee to score, tying the game at 1-1. Sumner's game-winning double to left field came next, scoring Christina Merrida, who had run for Barrella.
The Seminoles put together their own rally in the top of the sixth with the first two batters reaching base. A foul out to the shortstop, lineout to the left fielder and check-swing groundout back to the pitcher allowed Paisley to get out of the inning without allowing a run.
In the seventh, the Seminoles went down in order on a hard lineout to the shortstop that Kaui Tom dove and caught and two foul popouts to the catcher. For the game, Paisley struck out five and allowed six hits.
The Pirates conclude the Seminole Classic tomorrow with a 9 a.m. game against Indiana and a 1:30 p.m. contest with UC Riverside.