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First Round: No. 1 East Carolina 7, No. 4 UMBC 0
East Carolina did something Friday night in the NCAA Regional Tournament at Fleming Stadium that no team had been able to do all season - shutout Maryland-Baltimore County. The NCAA Tournament's seventh seeded Pirates turned the trick in a 7-0 victory over the Retrievers.
ECU rode the strong pitching of junior Jason Mandryk. The right-hander went eight innings, allowing only four hits and one walk while striking out a career-high eight. Only two UMBC runners reached third base against Mandryk.
The Pirates gave their starter all the run support he would need in the first inning off Retrievers' starter Eric Weltmer. A leadoff single by Warren Gaspar, an error and hit better set the stage for a RBI ground ball and a two-run double by Lee Delfino. ECU added single insurance runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Cliff Godwin doubled and scored on a Ryan Jones single in the fourth and Chad Tracy blasted a solo homer, his ninth, in the fifth. The Pirates put the game away in the seventh when Joseph Hastings drilled a two-run homer off Weltmer for a 7-0 lead. The bomb was Hastings' 12th of the year and was a school-record tying 79th of the season for ECU.
Second Round: No. 1 East Carolina 12, No. 3 South Florida 8
After waiting more than six hours to start, and then being held hitless through the first three innings, top-seeded East Carolina exploded with 12 runs down the stretch to defeat South Florida, 12-8 and advance to the championship round of the NCAA Regional Tournament at Fleming Stadium.
The game started more than six hours after the scheduled 3 p.m. start because of heavy rains that pounded the Wilson area during the afternoon. After going hitless against USF starting pitcher John Vigue through the first three innings, East Carolina scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but still trailed the Bulls 6-3 entering the seventh.
The Pirates threatened repeatedly through the middle innings, but managed just one run in each before posting a four-run seventh to take a 7-6 led. ECU had five singles in the inning, none bigger than the squeeze bunt by Lee Delfino that scored Chad Tracy with the go-ahead run. ECU padded the lead with a single run in the eighth before putting the game out of reach with four in the ninth. Warren Gaspar's two-run single was the big blow in the inning. ECU's 18-hit attack was paced by John Williamson with four, including a pair of doubles. Gaspar had three hits and drove in four runs for the Pirates.
Championship: No. 1 East Carolina 7, No. 2 Winthrop 3
East Carolina, the seventh seed in the NCAA Tournament, completed a sweep into the Super Regional round with a 7-3 victory over Winthrop Sunday evening.
The Pirates (47-11) tied the school record for wins in a season with the Tournament clinching win and Chad Tracy, the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, helped the team break the school record for home runs in a year with his two-run shot in the fifth inning. The homer gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead in the game, an advantage they would never relinquish.
ECU sophomore Sam Narron went the distance for the Pirates, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out six and walking only one. Winthrop starter Christian Tomisch worked 7 1/3 innings, allowing all seven ECU runs on 11 hits while striking out seven to take the loss.
Winthrop broke the scoreless tie in the home fourth on a solo homer by Bennett Stepf, his ninth. ECU wasted little time responding, plating three in the top of the fifth. Clayton McCullough singles moved up on a sacrifice and scored on a single by Bryan Ward. Tracy followed with his two-run shot to put the Pirates up 3-1. The homer was his 10th of the year and a team season record 80th.
ECU padded its lead when Lee Delfino tripled with one out in the sixth and scored on a sacrifice fly. The Pirates put the game away with a pair of seventh inning runs on a two-run Joseph Hastings homer, his 13th, and another in the eighth on a RBI single by McCullough.