ECU Softball Wins First Two Games Of Pirate Clash

Cristen Aona’s five RBI performance against Vermont helped give the Pirates an 8-0 win in five innings before they defeated Delaware 4-0 later on in the night. Brooke Swann and Keli Harrell pitched complete game shutouts against Vermont and Delaware, respectively.

Aona launched her first home run of the season to right center field with two outs in the fourth inning to give the Pirates all the runs they would need. East Carolina would tack on six more runs in the fifth inning when Kaui Tom was credited with an RBI single when she scored Tiffany Shaw from second base. Two batters later, Vanessa Moreno would add an RBI single before Aona delivered a base clearing double. Joyce Roodenburg ended the game with an RBI double one batter later making the score 8-0.

Brooke Swann pitched a career-high 10 strikeouts in her five innings of work. Swann (2-2) only allowed one hit, a single to Sarah Toczylowski in the second inning. After striking out the side in the first, three out of the next five batters also fanned.

Keli Harrell (6-3) started for the Pirates against Delaware and pitched her sixth complete game of the season, while allowing one hit and striking out eight Blue Hens. Erin St. Ledger would get ECU on the board in the second inning on a double to right field that scored Moreno from first base. East Carolina would add two insurance runs in the third inning when Kaui Tom hit her second home run of the season, plating Charina Sumner who had walked. Jessica Johnson would add the final two RBI for the Pirates in the fifth inning on a two-RBI single to right field to score Sumner and Tom.

“I was pleased with the way we hit the ball and with how we pitched today,” associate head coach Natalie Kozlowski said. “It was great seeing Aona’s bat come alive today. It really got the offense going.”

The Pirates will play Saturday afternoon when they host Binghamton at 12 p.m. and then JMU at 4 p.m.