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Softball News & Highlights

March 07, 2014

Pyla-Gibson Hurls Shutout In Eagles' Split

Erica Pyla-Gibson

Erica Pyla-Gibson pitched a complete game shutout and knocked in a pair of runs to help the Eagles secure a split in their final day in Myrtle Beach. The freshman is hitting .467 with three doubles through her first seven college games.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.--Eastern Softball split Friday's doubleheader with the Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) Wildcats to wrap up the spring break trip with a 3-4 record.

In another cold, windy and wet day in Myrtle Beach, the Eagles struggled in the field in game one but were much more precise by game two.

Eastern fell 11-2 in six innings in game one, but shut out Johnson & Wales 4-0 in game two.

Game One: Johnson & Wales 11, Eastern 2

Box Score

The Wildcats out hit the Eagles 9-4 and only committed three errors to Eastern's season-high eight errors.

The Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, but the Wildcats responded with two runs in the bottom of the second, third and fifth innings. Eastern committed three errors in the bottom of the sixth and Johnson & Wales capitalized with five runs, ending the game an inning early because of the eight-run rule.

Eastern's No. 5-8 batters were the only ones to collect a hit. They went a combined 4-for-11.

Alyssa Welsh was tabbed with the loss, but only gave up two earned runs. Welsh also struck out three batters.

Game Two: Eastern 4, Johnson & Wales 0

Box Score

After getting eight-run-ruled in the first game of the day, Eastern shut out Johnson & Wales with solid pitching from Erica Pyla-Gibson and better fielding. The Eagles only committed one error in the win.

Pyla-Gibson tossed seven scoreless innings, striking out four batters while scattering six hits and a walk.

Pyla-Gibson worked her way out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, inducing back-to-back groundballs to shortstop Emily Houck who eliminated the runner going home for the second out of the inning and then got the runner going to third to end the inning without any damage done.

Eastern plated the first runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth with Alyssa Welsh's RBI single to left field and Pyla-Gibson's 2-RBI double to right. The Eagles scored on a sac fly by Kelsey Clever in the fifth inning to take a 4-0 lead.

Johnson & Wales put a runner in scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings, but were unable to bring the runner home.

Eastern's Kasey Willams batted 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Emily Houck went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Eastern is scheduled to play its first conference series of the year on Saturday, March 15, at Wilkes University.

Updated: Friday, 07 March 2014


Brittany Stroop

Brittany Stroop

Coach Stroop is in her fourth year at the helm of the Eastern University Softball program for 2012-13.

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