East Carolina continued its winning ways Sunday with a come-from-behind 7-4 victory over Penn State as it captured its third win in as many days over the Nittany Lions.
The Pirates (14-4) trailed by two runs heading into the bottom of the seventh, but used six walks to grab a 6-4 lead before adding another run in the eighth to cap the scoring.
Here's more insight into the victory...
News and Notes
- PSU grabbed an early lead with an RBI double to left scoring Zach Ell, who led off the frame with a single.
- Philip Clark and Corey Thompson produced run-scoring singles in the third to push ECU ahead, 2-1.
- Penn State scored the next three runs (all in the fourth) as Aaron Novak scored on a throwing error and Elliott Searer added an RBI knock. Elliott Searer capped the scoring in the fourth with a double to left center.
- Clark drew a walk to leadoff the seventh and Thompson followed with another base on balls. Wooten dropped a perfect bunt to the left side of the pitcher's mound, loading the bases.
- Reynolds brought home the Clark with a groundout to second base, cutting the PSU lead to 4-3. After Zach Wright struck out swinging, Thompson came around to score on a wild pitch. Cannon walked to put runners at first and third and the Pirates loaded the bases when Reinheimer watched four balls as well.
- Tim Younger was responsible for the game-winning RBI as he was issued a free pass, scoring Wooten. Bass, too, walked and Cannon scored to give East Carolina a 6-4 advantage.
- Wright drove a double off the wall in left field, scoring Thompson in the eighth to push the lead to three.
- Austin Chrismon (eighth) and Reynolds (ninth) each pitched a perfect inning of relief to secure the win for ECU and starter Jharel Cotton. Cotton surrendered four runs (one earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out four. He leads the team with four wins in his first year donning the purple and gold after transferring from Miami Dade College. After struggling with command in his last start against Louisville, the Virgin Islands native threw 71 strikes in 102 pitches Sunday afternoon.
- Reynolds picked up his sixth save of 2012 with a perfect ninth.
- The Pirates won three games over the Nittany Lions by a combined five runs. They won the first two contests by one, including a 5-4 triumph (Cannon walk-off HR) and a 6-5 win (Clark single and throwing error scored Wright).
- Thompson and Younger led the Pirates offensively. The former drew two walks, recorded two hits and plated two runs on the day while Younger added a pair of singles and reached base on a walk.
- Penn State starter Steven Hill had his best outing of the year on the mound. He scattered nine hits over six innings while yielding two runs (both earned) and striking out a pair.
- The Nittany Lions' bullpen struggled mightily. Cody Lewis, Evan Dixon and Neal Herring combined to pitch two innings as the trio of relievers walked seven batters and gave up five runs (two earned) on two hits.
On-Deck for the Pirates
- East Carolina begins a brutal stretch as it takes on No. 23 North Carolina State Tuesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. After following the rivalry tilt against the Wolfpack, ECU hits the road for its second midweek contest versus High Point.
- The Pirates begin their Conference USA ledger this weekend with a road contest in Orlando against No. 19 UCF. After Sunday, ECU will have played five games in six days, three of which are away games pitted against teams ranked among the nation's top-23 clubs.
Check out the '10th Inning' Monday for pregame coverage of the Pirates' matchup with N.C. State.