STOCKTON, Calif. – In a contest that featured 29 runs, 28 hits and nine home runs, it was East Carolina who had the final word as junior infielder Karlie Smith clubbed a three-run walkoff home run to vanquish Seton Hall 15-14 in both teams’ final game of the Louisville Slugger Invitational on the campus of the University of the Pacific.
ECU finished the tournament with a 4-1 record with a pair of wins over both Seton Hall and Portland State.
Over the five games, the Pirates out-scored their opponents 55-27, hit .369 as a team and smashed 15 home runs. Redshirt junior catcher Alex Mycek ended up hitting .800 (8-for-10) with seven runs scored, six home runs, seven walks drawn and 14 RBI as well as a 2.700 slugging percentage and .882 on base mark.
Heading home, East Carolina has won 11 of its last 15 games.
Aside from Smith’s heroics, senior outfielders Kacie Oshiro and Ali Ramirez tallied three hits apiece and combined for three runs scored as well as five RBI. Mycek chipped in with two hits, two runs scored, a two-run home run, three RBI and three walks drawn. Alexis Waldken paced Seton Hall with four hits, four runs scored and two RBI while Chrisa Head recorded a pair of home runs.
Junior infielder Meredith Burroughs, who began the bottom of the seventh inning with a home run to spark the comeback, picked up the win in the circle in her first decision of the season as she tossed the final 1.2 innings. Head (0-1) surrendered nine runs (all earned) on nine hits and walked five batters in 4.2 innings of work in her team’s setback.
The Decisive Inning
With the Pirates facing a four-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh, Burroughs deposited a ball over the fence in right center to slice the SHU edge to 14-11. Mycek followed with a single to left field before redshirt freshman Tate McClellan drew a walk. Ramirez kept the rally going with a RBI single that plated Mycek and made it 14-12. After a foul out, Smith muscled a pitch over the wall in left field to send ECU back to Greenville victorious.
Statistics of the Game
The Purple and Gold recorded season highs in runs (15), hits (16) and total bases (31) while drawing eight walks. The Pirates also put five of their seven leadoff hitters on base.
East Carolina welcomes Youngstown State to the ECU Softball Stadium Wednesday, March 8, for a single non-conference contest. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.