HOUSTON, Texas (ECU) – East Carolina matched Houston in the hit column Saturday afternoon but left nine runners on base in a 4-1 loss at the Cougar Softball Stadium.
The Pirates fell to 21-31 overall and 3-17 in American Athletic Conference play while the Cougars improved to 37-16 and 12-7.
Rachel McCollum paced the offense with two hits and a run scored. Maya Thomas was 2-for-3 with a run scored for the homestanding Houston side.
The Pirates hopped into the lead in the top of the first when McCollum and Morgan Halo pounded out consecutive doubles with two outs. In the bottom of the second, the Cougars knotted the score via an Aspen Howie sacrifice fly after the inning opened with a pair of singles.
Houston grabbed the upper hand in the bottom of the third with a pair of runs. A leadoff walk and an error proved costly for the visitors when Sarah Queen deposited a two-run double into left field to make it 3-1.
ECU scraped together an opportunity in the top of the sixth when Halo reached on an error and Logan Wood drew a walk. However, the next three Pirates were retired in order to keep the deficit at two runs. Brooke Vannoy put the cap on the scoring in the bottom of the sixth with a RBI single before the Pirates stranded the tying run at the plate in the top of the seventh.
East Carolina and Houston close out the 2019 regular season Sunday at 1 p.m.