Though ECU claimed just one victory in the opening Conference USA series against No. 19 UCF in late March, the Pirates shined in their lone appearance on national television walking away with a 15-6 win at Jay Bergman Field.
Junior Jharel Cotton recorded 11 strikeouts, a then career-best, and five Pirate hitters recorded multiple hits with sophomore Jack Reinheimer leading the way with a career-best five base knocks.
Cotton improved to 5-0 on the season after allowing just two runs (both earned) on 10 hits in seven strong innings. The St. Thomas, V.I. native, struck out at least two batters in four of his seven innings and fanned the side in the third frame.
Reinheimer, who collected seven hits and scored seven runs during the three-game series, had a career game on that Sunday afternoon. The Charlotte, N.C. native batted at the top of the order going 5-for-6 with an RBI and five runs scored. The only time he didn't reach base was in his first at-bat, where he popped up to second base.
He singled to start the third and scored on Timothy Younger's double, then doubled in the fourth and once again crossed home on during Younger's at-bat. In the sixth he singled to right field, stole second and moved to third on a fly out to right before trotting home on Corey Thompson's sac fly to right field.
Reinheimer continued his hot hitting with his fourth base hit of the contest in the seventh, a single to left center, moved into scoring position on his second stolen base of the afternoon and raced home on Younger's RBI single to right. He reached on an infield single back to the pitcher in the ninth and later scored on an UCF error to cap off the day.
Top 10 Moments of the 2012 Baseball Season
4. Cotton And Reinheimer vs. UCF (Mar. 25)
5. Timothy Younger Awarded No. 23 Jersey (Jan. 28)
6. Reynolds' Performance At The DRASH Alabama Baseball Classic (Mar. 9-11)
7. Reinheimer Homers On First Pitch Of 2012 Season (Feb. 17)
8. Wooten Claims Triple Crown - Homers In Final At-Bat (June 3)
9. Timothy Younger vs. Houston (Apr. 5-7)
10. Chase McDonald's Play During The 2012 Chapel Hill Regional (June 1-3)