GREENVILLE, N.C. – Junior Kristi Oshiro had four hits and runs scored to help lead East Carolina’s softball program (3-2) to a 10-2 victory over Towson (4-1) on the final day of the Pirate Classic on Sunday, Feb. 10, at ECU Softball Stadium.
Oshiro’s four hits tied her career high and the four times crossing the plate bettered her previous career-best total for a contest by one. Two of her hits were triples and she also knocked in a run. Oshiro was one of four ECU players to record a multi-hit performance. She also was also one of five Pirate players to knock in a run in the game.
Sophomore Sarah Christian (2-0) performed well in the circle in throwing the complete game for the Pirates. She worked all six innings, broke her previous career high for strikeouts with seven and surrendered just five hits and a walk. Christian has now only allowed two walks in 19 innings worked this season, while striking out 13.
ECU opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the opening inning. Junior Jill Jelnick doubled down the left-field line and scampered home on Oshiro’s triple to right center. Oshiro scored on the ensuing play on junior Alex Fieldhouse’s sacrifice fly into foul territory in right field.
The Pirates added a single tally to the advantage in the third inning. Oshiro recorded a two-out single to right and scored all the way from first on Fieldhouse’s double to the gap in left center.
The ECU offense put a four-spot on the board in the fifth inning. Oshiro started the rally with a one-out single through the box and into center field. Fieldhouse then doubled to move Oshiro to third base. Junior Abby Wynne was then called on to lay down a suicide squeeze as Oshiro charged in from third. Wynne performed the duty flawlessly as Oshiro scored ahead of the misfired throw from the surprised Tigers’ pitcher. Fieldhouse also scored on the play as Wynne reached base and took second on the overthrow. Freshman Casey Alcorn continued the torrid start to the first week of her rookie campaign with a double to right to score Wynne. After a walk to senior Cicely Lopez, freshman Kelsi Briggs was inserted to pinch hit and punched a single up the middle to score Wynne. The hit was the first in the career of Briggs.
Towson plated a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning. Hailey Balk singled into center and scored on Bina Abbott’s double to right. Macie McGeehan followed with the team’s third hit of the inning, a single through the right side, to score Abbott.
The Pirates put away the Tigers with three runs in the sixth inning. Jelnick started the rally with a single to left field. Oshiro laid down a bunt single to move Jelnick to second. A fielding error on a ball hit by Fieldhouse loaded the bases for Wynne. Wynne delivered a single to score Jelnick and Oshiro with the team’s eighth and ninth runs of the game. After a walk to Alcorn to load the bases and set up a pair of well executed force plays at the plate off balls hit by the next two hitters, junior Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin worked the count for a walk to score Alcorn from third with the game’s final run.
ECU hosts its second tournament of the season in the Pirate Clash from Feb. 15-17 in Greenville. The Pirates welcome in Georgetown, St. John’s and Saint Joseph’s for the three-day tournament. East Carolina starts the tournament with a single game against St. John’s on Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. before playing two games on Feb. 16 and two more on Feb. 17.