When looking back on the 2011 season, the one thing that stands out is just how dominate the pitching staff was for the Pirates. Under the direction of first year pitching coach Dan Roszel, the Pirates posted the seventh lowest ERA in the country (2.27) and had three hurlers rank in the Top 54 nationally in ERA.
But one of the most dominate performances of the year came on March 4 when senior Seth Maness tossed a two-hit complete game shutout against Pepperdine at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Pinehurst, N.C. native was masterful on that Friday afternoon tossing the first of his five complete games of the season, his first career complete game shutout and tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts. Maness faced three over the minimum and at one point retired 18 hitters in a row from the third to the ninth frame when Chris Amezquita singled with two outs. In all he forced eight ground outs, seven fly outs, walked one and hit one in his third career complete game.
The game lasted just one hour and 45 minutes, which was the fasted ECU game since Apr. 24, 2005 when Ricky Brook no-hit Memphis in one hour and 43 minutes. It as also the sixth time since 2005 a Pirate game didn't reach the two-hour mark.
On this day, Maness registered his 30th career win and moved into sole possession of third place on ECU's all-time wins list. With his 11 punch outs he moved into sole possession of fifth place on the school's all-time strikeouts list (275) passing ECU Hall of Famer Bob Patterson (1978-82) - both records Maness would go on to set before finishing his brilliant career at East Carolina.
Top 11 Moments of the 2011 Baseball Season
6. Seth Maness' complete game shutout against Pepperdine (Mar. 4, 2011)
7. Austin Homan becomes first two-time recipient of the honorary No. 23 jersey
8. Kevin Brandt strikes out 12 against Rutgers (Mar. 20, 2011)
9. Zach Wright's three game-winning home runs
10. ECU scores 20 runs on 20 hits against UNCW (Mar. 29, 2011)
11. Seth Simmons becomes ECU's all-time saves leader (Mar. 19, 2011)