GREENVILLE, N.C. – The East Carolina softball team was unable to pull off its first series sweep of the season as the Pirates fell 6-3 to Memphis on Sunday afternoon at Max R. Joyner Family Stadium.

The Pirates (25-20, 3-9 AAC) could not recover from a slow start as Memphis (8-34, 2-10 AAC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first frame and added on another run in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. ECU would get on the board after Mackenzie Kila advanced to second on a Tiger error to score Dafne Mercado and Kylee Schojan in the bottom of the second inning to make the score 3-2.

ECU would knot the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third behind Bailee Wilson’s home run to left field but Memphis would quickly answer in the top of the fourth, scoring a run off of Addy Bullis who relieved Jordan Hatch in the start of the inning.

The Pirates would go without a hit over the next two innings and Memphis would make them pay with two more runs in the top of the sixth to increase the lead to 6-3. ECU would have a chance to score in the bottom of the sixth but Bailee Wilson was thrown out at third base and the Pirates would strand two runners.

Bullis (13-9) surrendered three hits and three runs in three innings of action while Hallie Siems (4-10) tossed three strikeouts in five innings for the win and Rylee Dugar allowed no hits or runs in two innings for the save.

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