ECU Softball falls to NC State 5-1 in Raleigh

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – ECU limited NC State to two hits Wednesday but the Wolfpack took advantage of four walks and three hit batters to post a 5-1 non-conference victory at Dail Softball Stadium.

Whitney Sanford (7-8) was the losing pitcher, lasting one third of inning while surrendering four runs on no hits with three walks. Erin Poepping was very solid in relief, tossing the final 5.2 innings and striking out seven batters while allowing just one run and scattering two hits. Devin Wallace (10-11) picked up the win after giving up just one run and scattering four hits with four strikeouts and a walk in six innings pitched.

Tyler King, Rachel McCollum, Tate McClellan and Courtney Layton all recorded a hit while McClellan notched the only RBI with her team-leading eighth home run of the season. Kelli Wagner and April Visser both rapped out a single for the home side. Visser accounted for two RBI.

The Wolfpack (22-18) scored all of their runs in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of three walks and a hit batter issued by Sanford and chasing the Pirate (19-21) starter after just one third of an inning.

ECU tried to rally in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with one out. However, a double play ended the threat with no runs across. A two-out solo home run by McClellan put the Pirates on the board before East Carolina made one last push in the top of the seventh. Ashleigh Inae and Morgan Halo drew walks and Kendra Ziemba was hit by a pitch, turning the lineup back over for King but a liner to first concluded the contest.

The Pirates return home this weekend (April 12-14) for an American Athletic Conference series against league co-leader Tulsa.