ECU Softball Team Wins Pirate Clash

GREENVILLE, N.C. - A 5-0 win over James Madison gave the Pirates their second tournament championship in as many weeks. ECU (14-6) won all five games of the Holiday Inn Express Pirate Clash at the ECU Softball Field, while only allowing one earned run over 31 innings.

Toni Paisley, who pitched a perfect game in her last outing, followed up that performance with a four-hit complete game shutout of JMU. Paisley had a no-hitter going through five 2/3 innings before the Dukes' Katie George hit a liner off the glove of Cristen Aona at third base. The California native has given up two earned runs over her last 29 2/3 innings of work.

Beth Nolan's single in the second inning to score Erin St. Ledger gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead. ECU would tack on another run in the third inning on a Paige Baggett RBI-single to right field that scored Kaui Tom. After adding an additional run in the fourth inning on a sac fly by Charina Sumner, Jessica Johnson hit a towering home run to left center field to give the Pirates more breathing room.

Johnson finished the five-game tournament going 8-13 (.615) with seven RBI and two runs scored.

"JJ (Jessica Johnson) was awarded the tournament MVP for her stellar offensive performance this weekend," head coach Tracey Kee said. "Our pitching staff did a great job once again, but Johnson's bat was on fire."

The Pirates will remain at home for the next five games as they face Virginia for a double header beginning on Tuesday at 4 p.m. East Carolina will then have their first conference match of the season when they host UCF for a double header on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. before ending the series Sunday at 11:30 a.m.