Carley Stymies ECU, Earns Tigers' Split of Doubleheader
March 12, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Senior Lauren Carley threw six innings and freshman Ashleigh King and junior Jessica Phillips drove in runs to earn Memphis (14-5, 1-1 Conference USA) an opening day doubleheader split with defending Conference USA champion East Carolina (19-7, 1-1), 2-1, on Saturday.
Carley (2-1) scattered five hits in six innings, allowing just one run and striking out three for her second victory of 2011.
Carley and ECU's Faith Sutton didn't allow a hit through the first three innings of play, with Carley striking out two in that time.
Memphis broke through in the fourth, with a double by senior Heather Mott putting her in scoring position. She advanced to third on a bunt from senior Maddie McKinley before coming around to score following a Jessica Phillips single.
Carley continued to hold the Pirates scoreless but was tagged for two hits in the bottom of the fourth and had the bases loaded with only one out. ECU's Kai Clark lined out to Carley, who doubled off Suzanne Riggs at third base to end the threat.
Memphis got a sorely-needed insurance run in the top of the seventh. After McKinley singled and stole second, Phillips moved her to third on a ground out and King drove in her second run of the day. King knocked in Memphis' only game one run on a fielder's choice.
ECU put two runners on early in the seventh, with Carley giving way to senior Janelle Valle. Despite an RBI ground out by ECU's Priscilla Velasquez that scored Riggs from third, Valle tiptoed out of trouble for her third career save.
The Tigers will look to win the series in tomorrow's rubber match, a noon ET (11 a.m. CT) tilt.
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