Pirates Squeeze By Terps In Game Two, 5-4
Feb. 12, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - With the game tied at four with runners on the corners and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Dale Mollenhauer laid down a suicide squeeze, scoring Stephen Batts on a close play at the plate to give ECU a 5-4 win Sunday over Maryland in game two of the doubleheader at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Pirates (2-1) came into the bottom of the ninth down 4-3 with Maryland's Brett Cecil on the mound, attempting to pick up his second save of the day. Harrison Eldridge led off the inning with a single up the middle and Stephen Batts followed with single to right, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Brandon Henderson loaded the bases on a bunt single down the third base line before pinch-hitter Adam Hodges brought home Eldridge on a sac fly to left, tying the game at four.
Jay Mattox, Jake Smith, Harrison Eldridge and Drew Schieber all picked up two hits for ECU while Gerry Spessard and Dan Melvin picked up two hits and two RBI apiece for Maryland (1-2). Mattox had one of his best games as a Pirate, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, tying his career-best RBI mark of two.
Kevin Rhodes picked up the win for ECU, throwing the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out three. Shane Mathews, making his first appearance since the opening weekend at College of Charleston last season, allowed four runs on four hits while walking two in 4 2/3 innings of work. Scott Andrews tossed two shutout innings in relief before giving way to Rhodes.
Maryland starter John Dischert went 5 1/3 innings in his collegiate debut, allowing one run on four hits while striking out seven and walking one. Seth Overbey relieved Dischert in the fifth and did not record an out, allowing two runs on two hits. Ryan Moorer held the Pirates scoreless for two innings before Cecil came on in an attempt to close out the game. He allowed two runs on three hits en route to his first loss of the season.
Spessard put the Terps on the board first in the fourth with a two-run double to left, scoring John Greenwich and Matt Maropis.
The Pirates had runners on the corner with one out in the bottom half of the fourth but Dischert was able to get out of the jam, getting Adam Witter to strike out and Jake Dean to ground out.
Maryland added to its lead in the fifth when Melvin hit a two-out, two-run home run off the light pole in left, scoring Nick Jowers.
In the bottom half of the sixth, Mattox cut the Terp lead in half, blasting a two-run shot to left, scoring Schieber, who had led off the inning with a single. Later in the inning, Smith scored from third on a Dean sacrifice fly to left, cutting the Maryland lead to 4-3.
Maryland loaded the bases in the top half of the eighth before Rhodes got Joe Palumbo to fly out to left, keeping the Pirate deficit at one after eight.
The Pirates will return to the field next weekend when they host College of Charleston at Clark-LeClair Stadium Feb. 17-19.