Loading...
Stop printing EBT cards and illegal immigration ceases to exist. Global warming would take a hit too....

Surging Pirates take out 'Pack

042618ECUSoftball-1.jpg
1 of 7

East Carolina players celebrate after the first run scored by Olivia Narron (0) on Wednesday at the ECU Softball Stadium.

042618ECUSoftball-3.jpg
042618ECUSoftball-5.jpg
042618ECUSoftball-7.jpg
042618ECUSoftball-4.jpg
042618ECUSoftball-2.jpg
042618ECUSoftball-6.jpg
Loading…

By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

As a former N.C. State assistant coach, third-year East Carolina softball head coach Courtney Oliver is plenty familiar with the rivalry in all sports between the Pirates and Wolfpack.

California native and ECU shortstop Ashleigh Inae got quite the introduction to it Wednesday when she chopped a single up the middle to score Olivia Narron in the bottom of the seventh inning for the Pirates to beat the ’Pack 2-1 at the ECU Softball Stadium.

The win by the Pirates (22-26) was their third straight by one run and it made them 7-2 in their last nine games. It also came during the middle of the team’s final homestand of the season.

“It feels so good,” said Inae, who had both of ECU’s RBIs, of scoring Narron. “It’s definitely a team win and my team had my back. We pick each other up, even when we’re down.”

ECU, which got a complete-game effort from freshman Erin Poepping in the pitcher’s circle, could have gotten down after Lily Bishop smacked a pinch hit solo home run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 1-1.

But Narron, the Pirates’ No. 9 hitter in their lineup, began the bottom of the seventh with an infield single, took second base on a wild pitch and went to third on Tyler King’s sacrifice bunt. She scored easily when Inae bounced a base hit over leaping State pitcher Devin Wallace and the ball also hopped over second base and rolled into center field.

The schools were scheduled to play in baseball on Tuesday night in Raleigh in an anticipated top-10 showdown, but the game was cancelled because of inclement weather.

“I’ve been on both sides and it’s a good rivalry and that’s what makes the game fun,” Oliver said. “I didn’t pay too much attention to (baseball), because we have our own business we need to attend to, but it is a fun rivalry.”

NCSU (22-26) had its losing streak extended to five games.

Meredith Burroughs, the American Athletic Conference home run leader and a senior who played her first two seasons at State, was 1-for-2 with a walk. Inae and Ashley Weingartz each went 2-for-3 to lead a Pirate offense that had seven different players record a hit.

Weingartz also made a key defensive play to end the top of the sixth when she threw out a baserunner at home plate with her throw from right field to keep the Pirates up 1-0.

“We’re playing well at the right part of the season,” Oliver said. “I wouldn’t want it any other way and I’m glad we got some hard times over with early in the season. We learned from it and are playing our best ball right now.”

ECU, which has been through 12- and eight-game losing streaks this year, was coming off a series win against AAC leader South Florida and is set to host second-place Wichita State this weekend.

Poepping, who like Inae is an out-of-state rookie who came from Lino Lakes, Minn., struck out five Wolfpack batters and allowed five hits.

“We are starting to get confident that somebody is going to come through, and when they hit that home run nobody panicked,” Oliver said. “We knew that we were going to get them.”

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

ECU

October 21, 2018

These three questions appeared in The Daily Reflector’s Pirate Gameday section previewing East Carolina’s home football game against 10th-ranked Central Florida, which ended with UCF pulling away for a 37-10 victory on homecoming night at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Here are the answers, and…

102118ECUFootball-9.jpg

October 20, 2018

As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday night, two numbers still resonated with the matchup between 10th-ranked Central Florida and upset-minded East Carolina.

One. Twenty.

Freshman quarterback and Greenville native Holton Ahlers was making his first start and…

102118ECUfootball-2.jpg (1).jpg

October 20, 2018

A wet ball proved to be the first major stumbling block in the first-career start by East Carolina freshman quarterback Holton Ahlers in a 37-10 loss to Central Florida on Saturday night.

After marching his trailing Pirates to the UCF goal line early in the fourth quarter, Ahlers tried a jump pass…

102118ECUfootball-12.jpg

October 20, 2018

These three questions appeared in The Daily Reflector’s Pirate Gameday section previewing East Carolina’s home football game against 10th-ranked Central Florida. 

Check back after the primetime matchup for answers to the questions and more insight from the game.

1. Who wins the…

090918ECUfootball-14.jpg

October 20, 2018

Before Holton Ahlers signed on Dec. 20, 2017, to play football at East Carolina, he was a star quarterback at D.H. Conley High School. Before that, a baseball slugger unlike anyone else who had ever played on Greenville recreational fields.

“That thing broke my darn windshield!" a woman…

052512HRrecord1-56.jpg

October 20, 2018

New starting quarterback Holton Ahlers and East Carolina welcome undefeated Central Florida to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium tonight for a primetime matchup on ESPN2 that many people around the country will at least check in on to see if UCF could get upended.

There is no denying that a win by the Pirates,…

100418gameday-4.jpg

October 20, 2018

Q: Why did you want to major in criminal justice?

A: I’ve always liked (TV) shows like “Criminal Minds” and “CSI: Miami” and “Law & Order.” I just decided I wanted to be something in that field, like a DEA (Drug Enforcement…

101418ECUfootball-5.jpg.jpg

October 19, 2018

While the American Athletic Conference East division remains a three-team race, Houston is in the driver’s seat as the only remaining unbeaten team in the West.

Houston, which just defeated East Carolina 42-20 and has won its first two league games by an average 18.5 points, moved to No. 2 in…

101418ECUfootball-12.jpg

October 19, 2018

Central Florida’s 19-game football winning streak saw its closest contest yet last Saturday at Memphis.

The 10th-ranked Knights recovered from a slow start and rallied to win, 31-30, for a 6-0 record this season.

Following that emotional victory with a road game versus a struggling opponent…

SMU UCF Football

October 18, 2018

Less than three weeks away from starting a new season on Nov. 6, the East Carolina women’s basketball team had a major change in leadership Wednesday when head coach Heather Macy resigned at the conclusion of an ECU internal review into the program.

Macy, who is the winningest coach in ECU…

100317ecubasketball-4.jpg
224 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 23
        Next Page»   Last Page»