East Carolina picked up its second-straight Conference USA series win over the weekend at Houston. Seth Simmons (5-1, 0.41 ERA) and Shawn Armstrong (2-1, 4.26 ERA) notched wins for the Pirates over the Cougars, while senior Trent Whitehead led the team offensively with a .474 average where he was 9-for-19 with two home runs and a team-best eight RBI.
The Pirates have arguably their most difficult week of the season approaching as they will travel to former Colonial Athletic Association foe Old Dominion for a Tuesday night game, before returning to Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium for the first of four consecutive games against nationally ranked teams (North Carolina/April 27 and Southern Miss/April 29-May 1).
East Carolina Pirates (27-13, 8-7 C-USA)
National Ranking: Receiving Votes (NCBWA and USA Today) as of April 18, 2011
Current Streak: W-1
Last Week: 3-1
April 19 - Win vs. UNC Wilmington (17-13)
April 21 - Win at Houston (5-4/ 12 innings)
April 22 - Loss at Houston (4-2)
April 23 - Win at Houston (12-2/ 7 innings)
Road at Old Dominion (April 26)
Home vs. No. 10 North Carolina (April 27)
Home vs. No. 19 Southern Miss (April 29-May 1)
Trent Whitehead, Senior, OF
Whitehead helped the Pirates to a 3-1 week which included a series win at Houston ... He led the team with a .474 (9-for-19) average, while also ranking tops in hits (9), RBI (8), total bases (16) and slugging percentage (.842) ... He also collected three multi-hit games and two multi-RBI games ... Against Houston he drove in the game-winning RBI in both ECU wins and hit a pair of home runs in the series clinching win ... To open the week against UNC Wilmington, the senior from Washington, N.C. was 4-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored ... He reached on his final four at-bats, all singles spraying the ball all around the field ... Whitehead followed that with a 3-for-6 performance in the series opening win at Houston, which included a game-winning RBI single in the top of the 12th ... He would reach base in his final four at-bats with two singles, a double and a fielder's choice ... In the series finale, Whitehead hit a pair of two-run home runs going 2-for-3 with a walk, four RBI and three runs scored ... His first base knock of the game, a homer to center field, proved to be the game-winning hit ... In the sixth his two-run home run put the Pirates up 12-2 setting up their series clinching win ... Since April 6, Whitehead has recorded a base hit in 10 of 12 games and currently hitting .296 with a team-best 13 doubles and 48 hits ... He ranks second on the squad with four round trippers, has driven in 15 RBI and scored 28 runs.
Shawn Armstrong, Redshirt Sophomore, RHP
Armstrong picked up the series clinching win against Houston working 5.0 innings (tying career-high) in his fifth start of the season improving to 2-1 on the year ... On the week he worked a total of 7.2 innings allowing four runs (all earned) with 10 punch outs in a pair of starts ... On a pitch count against UNC Wilmington, Armstrong went 2.2 innings where he allowed a pair of runs on two hits with two strikeouts in series sweep of the Seahawks, 17-13 ... He followed that with a five-inning performance in ECU's 12-2 seven inning win over Houston that clinched the weekend series ... He struck out a career-best eight batters while walking two and allowed a pair of runs (both earned) on six hits ... During the second and third innings, he struck out six of seven batters faced and in the fourth fanned Landon Appling looking to get out of a bases loaded jam ... He closed out the fifth inning by striking out the last two batters before giving way to Brad Mincey to start the sixth ... On the season, Armstrong has made 11 appearances (5 starts) recording 28 strikeouts, walking 15 in 25.1 innings ... He owns a 4.26 ERA and has combined on a pair of shutouts this season (Youngstown State and Rutgers).
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