April 6, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The University of Southern Mississippi softball team dropped a 12-1 decision in five innings to East Carolina on Sunday at the ECU Softball Stadium.
The offense sputtered a bit collecting only one hit. Mackenzie Sher made sure her lone hit counted as the senior hit her team-leading eighth home run of the year. In addition, Sarah Evans drew a walk and Arielle Pollock reached base on a fielding error by the Pirates.
In the circle, Samantha Robles and Kaitlin Wilson each worked 2.0 innings. Robles earned the start and was charged with the loss. She allowed six runs on seven hits, and two walks with a pair of strikeouts. Wilson closed out the game, entering in the third inning. The sophomore allowed six runs on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout.
East Carolina was the first team to scratch the scoreboard. Robles started the game with a strikeout for the first out of the inning. The next batter singled and stole second to move into scoring position. The home team used a walk to place a second runner on base. The runners advanced 60 feet on a ground out. With two outs, the Pirates took the lead with a two-RBI single up the middle. Evans made a diving play at first base to rob a potential base hit and end the inning.
The Pirates doubled their advantage with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. The inning began with a check-swing single between the pitcher and third base. A single to left field gave ECU a pair of base runners. The Golden Eagles recorded two quick outs with a fly ball to left and a line drive back to the circle. With two outs, the Pirates used back-to-back RBI singles to score a pair of runs.
ECU broke the game open in the bottom of the third. The Pirates scored six runs on six hits, including a double, a sacrifice fly and two walks.
Southern Miss ended the perfect game, no-hitter and shutout with one pitch. With two outs, Sher lifted a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall for a solo home run. The home run was Sher's team-leading eighth homer and the 22nd of her career, moving the senior into sole possession of fourth place on the Golden Eagles' all-time home run list.
The Pirates added two insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to provide the final 12-1 margin.
Southern Miss returns to action next weekend as the Golden Eagles host UAB in a three-game Conference USA series at the Southern Miss Softball Complex. Live stats and in-game tweets (@USMSoftball) will be available throughout the weekend.