The East Carolina University softball team (2-0, 0-0 American Athletic Conference) traveled to Greenville, South Carolina, and swept Furman University (0-2, 0-0 Southern Conference) in a doubleheader to begin its 2021 campaign.
The Pirates open their season 2-0 for the first time since the 2019 season, where they started the season with a three game win streak. ECU outscored the Paladins 19-5 in two games, while they scored seven or more runs in both contests. The Pirates recorded 23 hits, four of which were home runs.
In game one, sophomore infielder Bailey Ledvina hit the first two home runs of her career in the Pirates’ season-opener. Ledvina posted a solo home run in the fourth inning and launched a three-run homer in the seventh inning. Junior infielder Ashleigh Inae and senior outfielder Olivia Narron both posted positive numbers in the first match. Inae went two for four, had an RBI and had one stolen base, while Narron notched two hits, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Junior right-handed pitchers Kama Woodall and Erin Peopping led the way for the Pirates in the circle. Woodall garnered her first win of the season, and only allowed one run in the first game. On the other hand, Poepping picked up her first save of the 2021 season, striking out four players and throwing two scoreless frames.
The Paladins struggled on the offensive side of the ball. In the first contest, the Paladins only had one run on four hits, and also posted three errors. Junior pitcher and third baseman Mackense Greico had one two-base hit in the first game that allowed junior catcher Natalie Morgan to score the only run for the contest.
In game two, the Paladins showed to be more effective on the offensive side of the ball. Greico and freshman pitcher Shelby Basso both had one home run and posted 3 RBI’s total among the two. Morgan, freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Laudick and junior outfielder Emily Bartlett also pitched in one hit a piece.
In the second game, the Pirates continued their success at the plate. Narron and Ledvina both went three for four and in the top of the seventh inning Ledvina also collected her third home run of the day. Inae recorded two hits in this game and also added three RBI’s in the contest. In relief, Poepping recorded her first victory of the season, striking out eight 47 percent of her batters in only four innings.
The Pirates are set to travel to Conway, South Carolina, on Feb. 19 through Feb. 21 to play against the University of Buffalo (0-0, 0-0 Mid-American Conference), Coastal Carolina University (0-0, 0-0 Sun Belt Conference) and Saint Francis University (0-0, 0-0 Northeast Conference) in the Battle at the Beach tournament.