ECU Softball Finishes Sweep Of Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – Senior Kai Clark hit a grand slam to power the East Carolina softball team’s attack (18-24, 8-7 C-USA) in a 10-4 win over Marshall (27-17, 11-7 C-USA) on Sunday at Dot Hicks Field. The Pirates swept their second conference series of the season with the victory.

Sophomore Sarah Christian (13-11) allowed just three hits and four runs (three earned) in picking up the victory. She also struck out six. Hallie Vance (2-3) was tagged with the loss after surrendering five runs in 1.2 innings in the circle.

Clark, freshman Meredith Mitchell and junior Alex Fieldhouse all recorded multiple hits in the contest for the Pirates. Junior Jordan Lewis and Clark both drove in multiple runs. Lewis also was able to cross the plate three times and was walked twice.

The Pirates continue its recent trend of scoring early runs and plated a pair in the opening inning all after the first two had been retired. Fieldhouse roped a single into center and watched as Lewis unloaded with her seventh home run of the season. Lewis has now hit four home runs in her last four conference contests.

ECU added to the lead in the second with six runs. Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin was hit by a Vance offering to begin the inning. Mitchell put two on base as she smacked a single through the left side. After a sacrifice bunt to move over the runners and a fielder’s choice ground out to second to eliminate the lead runner and put junior Kristi Oshiro on base, Fieldhouse roped another single to right to score Mitchell. Lewis was then walked to load the bases. Freshman Casey Alcorn pushed a single up the middle to score Oshiro and also keep the bases loaded for Clark. Clark then hit a big fly to right for a grand slam to clear the bases and give the Pirates an 8-0 advantage.

Marshall broke through for a run in the third inning. Katalin Lucas reached on a one-out walk and moved to third on the fielding error from the ECU pitcher. Ashley Gue drove in the team’s first run with her single through the right side to score Lucas. The hit allowed was the first given up by Christian in the game.

ECU added a pair of runs to the advantage in the sixth inning. Lewis walked and moved all the way to third as Alcorn reached on a fielding error from the shortstop. On the same play the ball was thrown away attempting to get Alcorn out as she tried to advance to score Lewis. Freshman Kelsi Briggs reached on a fielding error from the Marshall pitcher. Pinch runner Cicely Lopez was inserted and thrown out stealing as Alcorn scampered home on the play with the team’s 10th run of the game.

The Thunder Herd stopped the potential run-rule in the sixth inning as Alysia Hively homered with Shaelynn Braxton on base. Braxton had reached on a fielder’s choice earlier on the frame.

Marshall got a solo pinch hit home run from Jessica Ferrick in the seventh to make the final score 10-4.

ECU returns home to take on No. 24 North Carolina on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m.