East Carolina managed to salvage game three of the Conference USA series against No. 15 Southern Miss over the weekend, 7-6. In arguably their most difficult week of the season, the Pirates hosted four games against nationally-ranked teams going 1-3. Seth Maness (6-3, 1.93 ERA) picked up the lone win in his return back to the mound tossing four scoreless innings Sunday afternoon, while John Wooten led the club with a .467 (7-for-15) average.
The Pirates will take the week off to complete end of the semester exams before returning to the diamond Friday, May 6 when they travel to Charleston, WVa. to take on Marshall in the first of three league games at Appalachian Power Park.
East Carolina Pirates (28-16, 9-9 C-USA)
National Ranking: No. 29 by NCBWA; Receiving Votes (USA Today) as of April 25, 2011
Current Streak: W-1
Last Week: 1-3
April 26 - at Old Dominion (Canceled/ weather)
April 27 - Loss vs. No. 14 North Carolina (5-4)
April 29 - Loss vs. No. 15 Southern Miss (3-1)
April 30 - Loss vs. No. 15 Southern Miss (5-0)
May 1 - Win vs. No. 15 Southern Miss (7-6)
Road at Marshall (May 6-8)
John Wooten, Sophomore, INF
Wooten batted a team-best .467 (7-for-15) which included a pair of multi-hit games against No. 15 Southern Miss ... He reached base safely in all four games on the week ... Drive in three runs in Sunday's win after going 3-for-4 at the dish ... He had an RBI single up the middle in the third that scored Trent Whitehead and followed that with a two-RBI single to right in the fourth during ECU's five-run frame ... He has hit safely in five of his last six games with five RBI ... Currently he is tied for the team lead with 50 hits and is batting .287 (50-for-174) with 22 RBI, 12 doubles, two triples and has scored 26 runs.
Brad Mincey, Senior, RHP
Mincey tossed 5.0 innings of relief allowing one run (earned) on four hits in three games last week ... Against No. 14 UNC, he allowed a hit in 2.1 innings and followed that up with another 2.1 innings against No. 15 Southern Miss where he allowed a run on three base knocks ... In the series finale against the Golden Eagles, Mincey was called on to get the final out of the game where he entered with the bases loaded and the tying run on third ... He forced Ashley Graeter to fly out to left field ending the game and recording he first save of the season ... On the year he leads the team and C-USA with a 0.94 ERA, which also ranks fourth nationally ... Mincey owns a 4-2 record in 23 appearances (one start) ... He has 34 strikeouts to just nine walks in 48.0 innings and has allowed 13 runs (five earned) on 45 hits.
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