Rachel McCollum

Redshirt senior utility Rachel McCollum winds up to swing from home plate.

The East Carolina University softball team (5-1, 0-0 American Athletic Conference) will play the University of North Carolina Charlotte 49ers (3-4, 0-0 Conference USA) on Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at Sue M. Daughtridge Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the game will not be televised or available to stream.

Recently, according to ECUPirates.com, the Pirates competed in the Battle at the Beach in Conway, South Carolina, and won the first two games of the tournament, the first being against the University of Buffalo Bulls (0-4, 0-0 Mid American Conference), 9-4 on Feb. 20. The Pirates then beat the St. Francis University Red Flash (3-1, 0-0 Northeast Conference), 4-2, on Feb. 20.

The Pirates then lost to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (2-2, 0-0 Sun Belt Conference) 11-3 on Feb. 21 and then beat Coastal Carolina 9-1 on Feb. 21 in the Battle at the Beach.

In the first game at the Battle of the Beach in Conway, South Carolina, reigning AAC Player of the Week and sophomore infielder Bailey Ledvina scored two runs and recorded eight RBIs. ECU senior outfielder Olivia Narron scored a run and went 3-4.

ECU beat the St. Francis University Red Flash 4-2 during the second game the Pirates had on Feb. 20. Junior infielder Chandley Gardner had a pair of hits and scored a run. Sophomore utility Keira Womack, redshirt senior utility Rachel McCollum, and freshman pitcher Logyn Estes each had a run.

The Pirates fell to the Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers 11-3 during the first game on Feb. 21. According to ECUPirates.com, senior outfielder Narron had two runs scored and went 1-2 for the game. Furthermore, senior utility McCollum had two runs at two at bats.

In the second game against the Chanticleers on Feb. 21, the Pirates won 9-1. Freshman utility Emma Anthony and Narron scored two runs each. Anthony and junior infielder Ashleigh Inae both had two RBIs.

The 49ers lost three out of their four games at the Bubly tournament in Gainesville, Florida, according to Charlotte49ers.com. The 49ers beat the Georgia Southern University Eagles (1-4, 0-0 Sun Belt Conference) 5-4 on Feb. 20, then lost to the No. 6 University of Florida Gators (8-0, 0-0 Southeastern Conference) 5-2 on Feb. 20. The 49ers then lost to the Eagles 13-5 on Feb. 21, then lost to the Gators 4-0 on Feb. 21.

According to Charlotte49ers.com, in the 49ers' first game against Georgia Southern on Feb. 20, senior utility Spenser Gray went 2-3 hitting and recorded an RBI and scored two runs. Graduate transfer Kourtney Gremilion had three RBIs. Freshman infielder Cori Henderson and freshman outfielder Kiyah Garrett both had doubles.

In the bottom of the eighth inning of the first game, sophomore outfielder Imani Rochelle had a single, which allowed sophomore center fielder Bailey Vanoy to score a walk off run.

In Charlotte’s second game of the tournament against the Florida Gators on Feb. 20, sophomore center fielder Vannoy scored once and went 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Sophomore outfielder Rochelle scored once and had an RBI. Freshman pitcher Madelyn Wright pitched in six innings and allowed three hits.

Charlotte went on to play Georgia Southern and lost 13-5 on Feb. 21. Vannoy and freshman pitcher Madelyn Wright each had two hits. Vannoy had two doubles and two RBI and Wright scored twice with an RBI of her own.

In the final game of the Bubly tournament, the 49ers lost 4-0 against the Florida Gators. Freshman infielder Henderson went 1-2 and hit a double. Furthermore, Rochelle and Vannoy also each had single hits.

The Pirates will play the Ohio University Bobcats (0-2, 0-0 Mid American conference) at the Pirate invitational on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28. The series will be played at Max R. Joyner Family Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina.

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