Pirate Softball Falls To No. 19 South Alabama, 6-1

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The East Carolina softball team’s four-game winning streak came to an end in a 6-1 loss to 19th-ranked South Alabama on Friday evening at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.

Senior Alex Fieldhouse hit a solo home run, while classmate Shelby Johnson and sophomores Kelsi Briggs and Meredith Mitchell each recorded a hit in the game.

South Alabama (9-1) struck first in the bottom half of the opening inning after drawing a bases loaded walk. Starting pitcher Gabby Andino was able to strand three runners and get out of the inning.

East Carolina (6-4) did not hesitate to respond, as Fieldhouse led off the top of second inning with a solo home run to centerfield, tying the game, 1-1. The deep fly was Fieldhouse’s team-leading fourth of the season and the 16th of her career, moving her into a three-way tie for ninth place on the all-time list with Marina Gusman-Brown (2009-10) and teammate Jordan Lewis.

The Jaguars pushed across two more runs in the bottom of the second, one on a double steal of second base and home and the other on a sacrifice fly, to regain the lead, 3-1.

After bringing the tying run to the plate in the top of the third, ECU stranded two runners, before South Alabama tacked on a run with its second sac fly of the game and increased its advantage to 4-1.

The Jaguars scored once more on an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth and again in the fifth on a solo homer to improve its lead to 6-1 and held on for the victory.

Andino (0-1) took the loss, while freshman Maci Mills threw five innings of relief, allowing three runs on five hits while walking two.

East Carolina will return to action Saturday, Feb. 22, when it takes on Mercer at 1:15 p.m., and 17th-ranked Georgia at 5:45 p.m.