The East Carolina baseball team capped off a perfect 5-0 week picking up wins against Elon and Buffalo during midweek action and a three-game non-conference series sweep of Rutgers at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
On the week, the ECU pitching staff tossed its fifth shutout of the season, allowed 11 runs (six earned) and lowered its team ERA to a national leading 1.67. Brad Mincey registered two wins on the week, while Kevin Brandt, Seth Simmons and Mike Wright each collected one. ECU will take a break from action during the week and will be back on the diamond this weekend when it welcomes Memphis to town to open Conference USA play on Friday, March 25.
East Carolina Pirates (16-4)
National Ranking: Receiving Votes (NCBWA and USA Today) as of Mar. 14, 2011
Current Streak: W-5
Last Week: 5-0
Mar. 15: Win at Elon, 4-3 (10)
Mar. 16: Win vs. Buffalo, 6-3
Mar. 18: Win vs. Rutgers, 3-2 (11)
Mar. 19: Win vs. Rutgers, 6-3
Mar. 20: Win vs. Rutgers, 6-0
Home vs. Memphis (Mar. 25-27)
Pirate Hitter of the Week
Zach Wright, Junior, C
Wright batted a team-best .450 (9-for-20) with three home runs and six RBI ... Against instate rival Elon he was 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and run scored ... He drove in Trent Whitehead on a RBI double in the first frame and in the fourth hit his fourth HR of the year, a solo shot that hit off the top of the scoreboard in left field ... Wright followed that with a 4-for-5 performance from the dish against Buffalo that included two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored ... His four base hits established a new career-high ... Wright recorded his third career multi-HR game hitting a solo shot in the fifth and a three-run homer in the eighth ... Against Rutgers he was 2-for-10 with a double and two walks ... On the season he is batting .296 (21-for-71) with six doubles ... Wright leads the team with six home runs, 15 RBI, 17 runs and .634 slugging percentage.
Pirate Pitcher of the Week
Kevin Brandt, Junior, LHP
Brandt appeared in two games on the week including making his second start of the season ... The southpaw worked 12.2 innings with 18 strikeouts, one walk and surrendered one run (unearned) on five hits in his two outings ... Against Elon he worked 5.2 innings of relief with six strikeouts, walked one and allowed one run (unearned) on three hits in ECU's 4-3 extra inning win ... He followed that with a career-best 12 strikeouts in 7.0 shutout innings against Rutgers in the Pirates weekend series sweep ... Brandt faced one of the minimum (22 batters), fanned at least one hitter in all seven innings and had two punch outs in four of seven frames ... It was his longest scoreless outing since his freshman season when he held No. 1 North Carolina (4/22/09) without a run over 8.1 innings in a 4-0 win ... The 12 punch outs was also his third double-digit strikeout performance of his career (10 vs. UNC-4/22/09 & 11 vs. Memphis-4/11/10) ... On the season he is 2-0 with a 0.72 ERA (third-lowest on team) with 26 strikeouts to just five walks in 25.0 innings allowing five runs (two earned) ... Opposing hitters are batting just .190 against him.
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