East Carolina recorded its third non-conference series sweep over the weekend and posted a perfect 4-0 week improving its record to 34-17. The Pirates pitching staff tossed a pair of shutouts and allowed just two runs in four games sporting a 0.50 ERA.
During midweek play, ECU blanked Atlantic Coast Conference member Wake Forest, 9-0, behind a superb pitching performance by Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week Zach Woods. ECU followed its win over the Demon Deacons with a 24-0 shutout (eighth of the year) against Delaware State before recording two more wins 7-1 and 6-1 to extend its current win streak to five games.
The Pirates will wrap up the regular season this week playing four games in five days. First up is the home finale against former Colonial Athletic Association for Old Dominion on Tuesday, May 17 before heading to Tulane for the final Conference USA series of the year (May 19-21).
East Carolina Pirates (34-17, 11-10 C-USA)
National Ranking: Receiving Votes NCBWA and USA Today as of May 9, 2011
Current Streak: W-5
Last Week: 4-0
May 11 - Win vs. Wake Forest (9-0)
May 13 - Win vs. Delaware State (24-0)
May 14 - Win vs. Delaware State (7-1)
May 15 - Win vs. Delaware State (6-1)
Home vs. Old Dominion (May 17)
Road vs. Tulane (May 19-21)
Trent Whitehead, Senior, OF
Whitehead batted an impressive .611 (11-for-18) during the Pirates perfect 4-0 week ... The senior outfielder recorded multiple hits in all four contests, which included a trio of 3-hit games ... Whitehead ranked second on the team with five runs scored, laced a pair of doubles and drove in four on the week ... Against Wake Forest, he was 3-for-4 with RBI single in the fifth and a walk ... He followed that up with his second 3-hit performance of the week in the series opener against Delaware state going 3-for-5 (2 singles, double) with two RBI and three runs scored ... On Saturday he was 2-for-5 with a stolen base and closed out the series with a 3-for-4 outing (2 singles, double) with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base ... In the field he recorded seven putouts and has yet to make an error in 109 chances ... On the season, he is batting .325 (66-for-203) which ranks second on the team ... His 66 base knocks and 17 doubles is a team-best, while his four home runs is tied for second ...Whitehead has swiped 12 of 17 base attempts and has raised his average 70 points since April 15, which includes 10 multi-hit games.
Zach Woods, Senior, RHP
Woods set the tone for the Pirates impressive week on the mound tossing six shutout innings against ACC member Wake Forest on Tuesday, May 11 in a 9-0 victory, then ECU's seventh shutout of the season ... The senior right-hander scattered four hits, walked two and struck out four (all swinging) en route to his second win of the year ... Woods owns a 2-2 record on the season in 12 appearances (8 starts) ... He has fanned 34, walked 12 and has allowed 15 runs (12 earned) on 37 hits in 36.2 innings for a 2.95 ERA.
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