Softball Looks For Third-Straight Series Win
May 5, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina (25-26, 11-11 C-USA) wraps up the regular season Sunday at Memphis with a 1:00 p.m. ET contest against the Tigers (19-36, 7-16 C-USA). A win would give the Pirates three-straight C-USA series victories after taking just one of their first five.
Saturday, ECU recorded two come-from-behind wins, beating the Memphis 5-4 in the opener and 4-3 in eight innings in the nightcap. In game one, the Pirates trailed 4-1 heading into the sixth inning, but scored four times with two outs in the frame to earn the victory. Senior Suzanne Riggs led the offense in the opener, going three-for-three with two runs batted in, and classmate Priscilla Velasquez drove in the winning run. The second contest had junior Kai Clark hit a game-tying home run to lead off the top of the seventh and Riggs plate the deciding score with a single in the eighth.
Putting It Back Together
A year ago, East Carolina went 11-12 in one-run games and has not finished a season more than two games above .500 in one-run decisions since a 12-5 ledger in 2008.
Improving In The Clutch
Prior to the win over Houston in the series finale, opponents had posted a .316 average (123-for-389) with runners in scoring position and a .340 mark (200-for-588) with runners on base.
Cutting Down The Ks
In C-USA action, East Carolina whiffed 5.8 times a game last season and has just 3.8 a contest this year.
Making Them Go One At A Time
The opposition's home run totals have also been reduced as foes hit 23 through the first 30 games (0.77 per contest), but have managed just eight in the last 21 (0.38 per contest).
No Comparison From Year One To Year Two
After a year of learning on the job as a freshman, Kaluhiokalani-Glackin has made large gains both offensively and defensively this season. A comparison of the output from 2011 to 2012: