HOUSTON, Texas – The East Carolina softball team fell victim to a shutout from Conference USA preseason Pitcher-of-the-Year Angel Shamblin and freshman Baillie Lott as No. 10 Houston took a 7-0 victory on Sunday at the Cougar Softball Stadium. The Pirates fall to 27-21 on the season and 5-9 in C-USA while the Cougars improve to 37-5 overall and 13-1 in conference play.
The Cougars went ahead in the bottom of the second inning. Jennifer Klinkert singled to center to lead off the at bat before Laurie Wagner drove a pitch over the left field wall to give Houston a 2-0 lead. Klinkert then recorded her third RBI of the game in the bottom of the third via a bases loaded walk to extend the Cougar advantage to 3-0.
Houston tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth off of RBI singles from Christa Raley, Katie Bush and Klinkert, making the score 6-0 in their team’s favor. After the Cougars pushed their lead to 7-0 with a Raley RBI single, Charina Sumner broke up Shamblin’s no-hitter with a two-out single in the top of the sixth. Erin St. Ledger recorded a one-out single in the top of the seventh off of Lott but ECU could not push her across.
Junior Brooke Swann took the loss for the Pirates in her 38th appearance of the season, evening her record at 15-15. She also threw her 19th complete game in giving up seven runs on 14 hits and striking out one.
East Carolina returns to the field Wednesday afternoon for a doubleheader with the UNC Greensboro Spartans in Greensboro. Game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the UNCG Softball Stadium.