Softball Falls to ECU 10-1; 3-2

FromPress Release
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- In the softball conference home opener, Marshall University dropped a pair of games to East Carolina, 10-1 and 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at Dot Hicks Field.
Game One
East Carolina (23-8, 3-2 C-USA) capitalized in the opening frame on a Marshall error to take a 3-0 lead as the Thundering Herd (10-15, 0-5 C-USA) would be forced to call up Rachel Rillo in the top of the second for starter Erika Bennett.

MU chalked a run on the board in the third via a single from Alianna Telles that plated Ashley Gue from second base to close the difference at 3-1 heading into the fourth.
After a pair of quiet innings, the Pirates added insurance in the sixth with seven runs on seven hits as the Herd dipped into the bullpen going through Bennett and Jessica Ferrick to escape the stanza trailing 10-1.
Marshall was unable to bounce back, eventually falling in a six-inning run rule as Bennett took the loss to push her to 1-2 on the year.
With the win, Toni Paisley improves to a 16-4 record as the senior struck out nine in the six inning showing.
Game Two
Saturday’s second game of the twin-bill started with Marshall trailing in the early goings as ECU’s Jordan Lewis doubled down the left field line to plate Kristi Oshiro and give the Pirates a 1-0 advantage to start.

Rebecca Gamby in all-star fashion tied the game at 1-1 with a monster home run in the fourth that sailed over right field giving the junior her sixth long ball of the year and 17th in her career. ECU brought in Paisley during the bottom of the sixth to pitch for Faith Sutton, who left after scattering two hits in 5.0 innings of work and five strikeouts.
Natalee Pulver and the Marshall defense held on through regulation with a 1-1 score as the game headed into the eighth when ECU would tally a run off pinch hitter’s Alex Fieldhouse’s home run to left to take a 2-1 lead on no outs. The Pirates followed with Jasmine Robbins scoring on an Oshiro double to left center for a 3-1 lead. The Herd battled back in the bottom of the eighth after Bri Anna Hope scored, unearned on a long Telles single to right field. Unable to rally back, Marshall fell 3-2 in eight complete innings.
Paisley (17-4) earned her second win on the day after 3.0 innings pitched and a pair of Ks. Pulver garners the loss going the distance and fanning five along the way.
The final game of the series will be played Sunday at noon.
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