GREENVILLE, N.C. - A wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh by Tulsa reliever Jackie Lawrence scored Sarah Bibee and gave the East Carolina softball team a 3-2 win over the Golden Hurricane in the final game of the three-game conference series. The Pirates improve to 28-12 overall and 6-3 in Conference USA while Tulsa falls to 18-20 on the year and 4-7 in conference play.
The Golden Hurricane took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Lauren Lindsay doubled, scoring Sara Dyer. ECU quickly took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the first when Jessica Johnson blistered a pitch over the right field wall, her ninth home run of the season. Tulsa would put another run across in the third inning when Vanessa Vice was plated by an RBI-single by Dyer.
Both teams managed only one hit until the bottom of the seventh. Erin St. Ledger led off the inning with a hard single to right field. Designated player Paige Baggett then drew a walk, advancing pinch-runner Sarah Bibee to second. After a wild pitch sent both Pirate runners to second and third, another wild pitch scored Bibee to give ECU the winning run.
Toni Paisley earned her second win over Tulsa in as many days, scattering five hits while walking one batter and striking out three. The freshman is now 11-3 on the season. St. Ledger closed out a solid week at the plate. In five games during the week, she totaled five hits, two home runs and accounted for the game-winning three-RBI double in yesterday's win over the Golden Hurricane.
The Pirates will travel to UAB next weekend, as they battle the Blazers in a crucial three-game C-USA series. The teams will play a single game Friday and close out the set with a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m.