GREENVILLE, N.C. – Despite a career-high three hits from Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin, East Carolina’s softball team (14-24, 4-7 C-USA) dropped its second game of the day to No. 20/18 Tulsa (31-8-1, 11-0 C-USA) by a 3-1 score at ECU Softball Stadium on Saturday.
Sophomore Courtney Smith (2-10) allowed all three runs in throwing her sixth complete game of the season. She scattered six hits and struck out a career-high seven in defeat. Tulsa’s Aimee Creger (16-3) allowed eight hits, but just one run, while fanning 11 in the win.
Tulsa scored a pair of runs in the opening inning. Caitlin Everett and Jill Barrett started the game with back-to-back singles. A ground out and strikeout followed before Haley Henshaw drove in Everett with a hit to left field. Henshaw then got herself intentionally in a rundown on a steal attempt to score Barrett with the second tally of the first inning.
ECU cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the third. Kaluhiokalani-Glackin recorded a bunt single, took second on a pass ball and scored on junior Alex Fieldhouse’s sharp single up the middle.
The Pirate offense threatened with the tying run on third and the lead run on first in the fifth inning. Kaluhiokalani-Glackin picked up her second hit of the game and took second on a sacrifice bunt. The junior then went to third on Jill Jelnick’s infield single. With runners on the corners, the Pirates’ next two batters produced a short fly out and a long fly out to end the frame.
The Golden Hurricane added an insurance run in the sixth inning. Barrett reached on a fielder’s choice, moved to second on a ground out and scored on a Lacey Middlebrooks single.
ECU again threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh. Kaluhiokalani-Glackin reached on a one-out double to bring the potential tying run to the plate. The next two ECU batters were retired in order though on a strikeout and a ground out to end the game.
East Carolina wraps up the series with a contest against Tulsa starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday.