Another loss from the East Carolina University softball team Tuesday evening earned the Pirates their sixth straight loss. The Pirates succumbed to Campbell University after the Camels scored the majority of their runs in the first inning, ending the game 8-3.
The Pirates (15-22) started off the game with two runs before Campbell (16-19) got up to bat and scored five runs, securing its lead early in the game. There were three Pirate errors on six Camel hits, closing out the inning with the bases loaded.
Scoring picked back up in the fourth inning when ECU scored one run while Campbell had runners on second and third and a home run hit from redshirt senior Elizabeth McMurray added three runs to the board. Both teams went scoreless the rest of the game giving the win to Campbell.
Even though ECU lost, players such as freshman outfielder Tyler King, freshman infielder Ashleigh Inae, redshirt sophomore infielder Tate McClellan and redshirt senior catcher Alex Mycek put their best effort forward when playing offensively. King and McClellan both hit a single, Inae grounded out but ran in a batter in the process and Mycek hit a double advancing a runner to score. King singled later in the fourth inning bringing in the next and last run for the Pirates. Although this was a non-conference, this game will show ECU what it needs to work on as a team going into playing more teams.
Junior pitcher Mary Williams was a top performer in yesterday’s game after pitching three innings, striking out two batters and allowing three hits. King extended her hitting streak to four games with a pair of base knocks and is now leading a team-high 11 multi-hit games.
The Pirates will host their next matchups against Memphis for a three-game weekend series starting Friday at 6 p.m.