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Pirates Hand Lady Flames First Loss Of Season

March 3, 2006
|  Greenville, N.C.
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East Carolina ended Liberty's five-game winning streak to open the season as the Pirates got some timely hitting and 13 strikeouts from pitcher Keli Harrell to pick up a 5-0 victory, Friday afternoon, to open up the Pirate Clash.

The loss marked the first of the year as Liberty opened the season with five-straight win last weekend en route to the Seahawk Classic championship hosted by UNC Wilmington, marking the first time in the history of the program that Liberty has started a season with five-consecutive wins.

The Pirates wasted little time as Erin Ledger was struck by a pitch. After advancing to second on a groundout by Angel Barrella, Ledger crossed the plate on an RBI single up the middle by Beth Nolan to give East Carolina a one-run lead.

The Pirates continued to add to their lead in the top of the second inning as Allison Monce led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jessica Johnson. After getting two outs, Joyce Roodenburg got an RBI single to give the Pirates a 2-0 edge.

The score remained the same until the fourth inning as another two-out rally cost the Lady Flames as Jessica Potter started the rally with a single to left field, while a fielding error allowed Roodenburg to reach first. After a walk was issued to Ashley Quick, Krista Jessup cleared the bases with a double to left field plating three unearned runs and sealing the victory.

Jessica Moore was the lone bright spot on the game for the Lady Flames as the junior finished the game 3-for-3 from the plate, while Ashley Williams and Shannon McKain finished the contest 1-of-3 to account for Liberty's five hits in the game.

Keli Harrell picked up the complete-game victory as she scattered five hits over seven innings of work, while striking out 13 batters. Terra Lowe suffered the loss as she allowed five runs, two of which were earned, in four innings of work before Sarah Ellis tossed three innings of perfect relief and striking out three batters.