March 16, 2006

Softball Drops Pair to East Carolina

March 16, 2006

Final Stats

Greenville, SC - Freshman Brooke Swann and senior Stephanie Hayes tossed back-to-back complete game shutouts as East Carolina swept a doubleheader from Sacred Heart here Thursday. The Pirates blanked the Pioneers in game one 6-0 and duplicated the feat in game two, 3-0.

The Pirates improved to 19-8 overall this season, while Sacred Heart dropped to 4-8.

After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning of game one, ECU broke on top scoring two runs off a Sacred Heart error with two outs in the third. Erin St. Ledger and Krista Jessup each scored as shortstop Melissa Mezzanotte's (North Haven, CT) throw to first base sailed high.

Jessup went 2-for-2 with two runs scored as seven of ECU's starting nine players each collected a hit.

A two-run single by Jessica Johnson and RBI-single by Jessica Potter helped ECU extend its lead to 6-0 in the fifth as it scored four runs in the inning.

Jessup was hit by a pitch after St. Ledger tripled to right to lead off the frame and both scored on Johnson's base knock. Potter then drove in the Pirates' third run of the inning and scored their fourth on a double by Joyce Roodenburg.

Swann (3-2) struck out seven and surrendered just one hit, tossing her third shutout of the year. SHU starter Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) (0-3) suffered the loss, allowing all six runs in 4.1 innings.

The Pioneers' best scoring opportunity came in the top of third, but Swann retired the final three batters in order after yielding a leadoff single and issuing her first walk of the day.

Hayes (3-0) received all the run support she needed in the first inning of game two as the Pirates plated all three of their runs in the opening frame.

Consecutive singles by Vanessa Moreno, St. Ledger and Jessup to start the game loaded the bases for Potter, who cleared the bases with a three-run double to center field.

ECU starter Stephanie Hayes retired the first six batters she faced before giving up two hits in the third. Hayes struck out Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) with a runner in scoring position to end the Pioneer initial scoring threat.

Sacred Heart threatened to score again in the fifth, putting its second runner of the day before Hayes induced a ground ball out to keep SHU off the scoreboard.

Hayes struck out a career-high 11 batters and allowed just hits, while throwing her first complete game of the season. Chrissy DeMott (Levittown, NY) (1-1) was saddled with the loss, lasting just one inning.

The Pioneers continue their North Carolina trip Saturday with a doubleheader at Charlotte. Game time is 1:00 pm