Over the last two seasons, Zach Wright has led the Pirates in home runs belting 30 during his three-year career, which includes four grand slams. While he ranks among the all-time leaders in school history in both categories, Wright seems to have a knack for hitting home runs when the game is on the line.
Last year, three of his 13 round trippers came in the ninth or 10th innings completing come from behind wins. While the Pirates had four walk-off wins, none was bigger than Wright's two-run homer against Memphis (Mar. 26, 2011) in game two of a twin bill that gave the Pirates a series win over the Tigers at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Trailing 3-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth, ECU was down to their final out before putting together the game-winning rally. Corey Thompson reached on a throwing error by the first baseman T.J. Rich to extend the inning. After a wild pitch, Thompson was lifted for pinch runner Joshua Lovick at second base and he darted home on John Wooten's RBI single to left field knotting the game at three. Wright followed with a towering two-run shot to left field giving the Pirates their fourth walk-off win of the season.
A week later Wright was at it again. This time cranking a game-winning three-run homer, his second of the day, at UAB avoiding a three-game sweep at the hands of the hometown Blazers completing another come from behind win.
Trailing 5-4 with one out in the ninth, Wright lifted a 0-1 pitch to right field scoring Ben Fultz and Trent Whitehead in front of him. Fultz had led off with a double to left center and Whitehead walked. Philip Clark scored the final run of the stanza on a Chris Gosik single to cap the scoring.
Wright's third game-winning blast came in the 10th inning of the opening series at Marshall inside Appalachian Power Park. ECU scored six runs in the ninth, five with two-outs, to send the C-USA series opener against Marshall into extra innings before Wright belted the game-winning home run to leadoff the 10th giving the Pirates a 9-8 come from behind victory.
With the game knotted at eight going to the 10th, Wright sent a first pitch offering from Josh King over the left field wall on a no-doubter home run giving the Pirates their first lead of the contest. For Wright it was his lone hit of the evening, 11th home run of the season and third round tripper in which the Pirates took the lead in their final at-bat (Memphis and UAB).
After ECU took a 9-8 lead in the top half of the 10th, Marshall's game tying rally was halted when James Lavinskas' line drive was caught by a diving Austin Homan at first base securing the win with the potential game-tying run on second base in Rhett Stafford.
Top 11 Moments of the 2011 Baseball Season
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)