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Extra Bases Give East Carolina Lift over Liberty
Half of East Carolina's hits were for extra bases, including the game-ending home run in the fifth inning. The six extra bases allowed the host Pirates to win their first game in the East Carolina Pirate Invitational, 12-1, over Liberty, Friday afternoon.
With the win, East Carolina improves to 6-3 on the season, while Liberty sees its two-game win streak end and falls to 2-4 on the year.
East Carolina's Kristi Oshiro was a perfect 3-for-3, including the game-ending grand slam home run in the fifth inning. Jordan Lewis was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI.
Sarah Christian moved to 5-1 on the season, allowing an unearned run on three hits in four innings of work. Mary Beth Smith finished off the fifth inning, fanning two of the three batters she faced.
Chandler Ball took the loss and fell to 1-2 on the season, allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. Alyssa DiMartino finished off the last 2 1/3 innings of the game by allowing seven runs on seven hits.
The Pirates wasted little time in taking the game's first lead, as the home team plated three runs on two hits during the first inning.
Following an inning-opening walk to Jill Jelnick and a bunt single by Oshiro, a ball hit by Abby Wynne allowed Jelnick to score the game's first run.
Two batters later, Lewis hit a triple to right field, driving home Oshiro and Wynne to give the Pirates the early 3-0 lead.
Liberty quickly responded in the top of the second, using a pair of singles and an East Carolina mistake to trim the lead back to two runs, 3-1.
Nichols reached base on a fielder's choice, which was followed by consecutive singles up the middle by Robinson and Lawrence. On the second base hit, Nichols was able to score when Oshiro tried to make a play at another base to get an out.
However, the rest of the game belonged to the home team, with East Carolina adding runs in each of their next four innings.
Jelnick hit her first career home run in the second inning for the Pirates, while Kai Clark doubled in the fourth and scored on a Lady Flames' throwing error after a stolen base in the third inning.
Three more extra bases helped East Carolina score two additional runs in the fourth. Kaluhiokalani-Glackin led off the inning with a double, while Oshiri had a triple three batters later. Alex Fieldhouse directly followed with a RBI double to right centerfield, pushing East Carolina's advantage to 7-1.
A RBI single by Kaluhiokalani-Glackin in the fifth, followed by a walk to Meredith Mitchell and fielder's choice play that allowed Jelnick to reach base set the stage for the game's final play.
Oshiro capped off her 3-for-3 day with her first home run of the season, scoring the game's final four runs with a grand slam homer over the wall in right centerfield.
Updated as of 8:46 a.m. (2/23/13)
The remainder of the East Carolina Pirate Invitational schedule has been altered due to forecasted inclement weather on Saturday. Liberty is currently scheduled to play Notre Dame at 5 p.m. and Fairfield at 7 p.m. on Saturday, while facing East Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Continue to check back on LibertyFlames.com throughout the remainder of the weekend as the East Carolina Pirate Invitational could change again should further weather issues arise.