ECU Softball drops series finale at Memphis, 9-1

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (ECU) – Backed by a six-run third inning, Memphis won the rubber game of an American Athletic Conference series over ECU 9-1 in six innings Sunday at the Tigers Softball Complex.

Kendra Ziemba tallied the lone hit and run for the Pirates while Alyssa Dean led Memphis with two RBI and two hits while Delaney Smith added two hits.

Karli Perque (4-5) earned the win in a complete-game effort and struck out five batters. Erin Poepping (12-8) surrendered nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

The Pirates had a nice chance to score in the top of the first. Ashleigh Inae and Rachel McCollum drew one-out walks and advanced to second and third with one out. However, Logan Wood and Tate McClellan grounded out to third to keep ECU off of the scoreboard.

In the top of the second, the Pirates tied the game with two outs. Ashley Weingartz walked and Ziemba singled before a sac bunt moved the runners up a base. After a fielder’s choice force out at home, Olivia Narron swiped second base and Ziemba scored from third on the throw down to the base to knot the score at one.

Memphis took control in the bottom of the third, plating six runs on five hits and an ECU error. A trio of the runs occurred with two outs thanks to a two-run single and subsequent error in the outfield that scored another to make it 7-1. The Tigers struck again in the bottom of the fifth via a Davidson RBI single to stretch their cushion to 8-1. Memphis sealed the win with another score in the bottom of the sixth.

East Carolina returns home after a lengthy road swing Wednesday, taking on in-state opponent North Carolina at 5 p.m. inside the ECU Softball Stadium.