ECU Hits Pair of Late Homers to Upend @Memphis Softball
April 20, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina scored four runs on a pair of late homers to come back and defeat the University of Memphis softball team 4-2 in game two of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The Pirates (20-25, 10-7 C-USA) swept the doubleheader after winning game one, 2-1.
Memphis (21-31, 8-12 C-USA) took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on a two-run homer to left by junior first baseman Kelly Braman. The dinger came after a one-out single by junior catcher Amber Lindahl. It is Braman's first home run as a Tiger and the eighth of her career.
Braman had a season best 3-for-3 offensive performance to lead the Tigers. Freshman outfielder Hannah Harrell went 2-for-3 in the game and went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader.
Sophomore RHP Jordan Richwood (8-10) had limited ECU to two hits through the first four innings, but was lit up for four base knocks in the fifth. The most painful one of those hits was a three-run home run by Kristi Oshiro down the right line that gave the Pirates a 3-2 lead.
Jordan Lewis added to the East Carolina lead with a solo home run off junior RHP Ellen Roberts to center to lead off the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, senior second baseman Morgan Mosby led off with a single and advanced to second on a sac bunt. Braman followed with a two-out single up the middle, but Mosby was thrown out at home on the play by center fielder Meredith Mitchell. It was the fifth runner retired at home plate in the two games for Memphis after the Tigers had four outs at home in game one.
Richwood suffered the loss after allowing three runs on six hits in four and a third innings. She struck out four and walked one. Roberts pitched the final inning and two-third and allowed one run on three hits with a strikeout.
Courtney Smith (5-10) earned the complete-game victory, allowing two runs on seven hits. She struck out four and walked two.
Memphis and East Carolina conclude the three-game series on Sunday at noon ET/11 a.m. CT.
Game Notes: Lelani Bernardino extended her reach base streak to 17-straight games after being hit by the pitch in the third inning ... Bernardino became the first Memphis player to be hit by the pitch 30 times in her career ... Kelly Braman hit her first home run as a Tiger with a two-run shot to left in the fourth inning ... Bernardino had her 13-game hitting streak come to an end after finishing 0-for-3. The streak ranks third in school history and ends one-game short of the record.