Feb. 18, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Dustin Sasser pitched through sleet and snow for the second consecutive weekend to earn his first win of the season as East Carolina defeated College of Charleston, 4-2, Saturday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the win, ECU improves to 4-1 on the season, taking the series from CofC (3-2) after the Cougars won two of three last season in Charleston.
Sasser tossed five innings in his second start of the season, giving up two runs, one earned, on eight hits while walking two and striking out three. Carter Harrell came on and pitched three crucial scoreless innings, holding the lead for Sasser, allowing just one hit while striking out three. Closer Kevin Rhodes then came on in the ninth to close the door for his first save of the season.
CofC starter Nick Chigges suffered the loss, lasting 5 2/3 innings before giving way to the bullpen. Chigges gave up three runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits while walking six and striking out one. Quinn Monsma relieved Chigges in the sixth and tossed 1 1/3 innings, giving up an unearned run while walking two and striking out two before Josh McLaughlin came on to pitch a scoreless eighth.
ECU and CofC committed four errors apiece as both teams struggled to fight the conditions.
The Pirates started the scoring early, plating a run in the first on a Smith sacrifice fly. Mollenhauer led off the bottom of the inning with a bunt single down the third base line. Jay Mattox then laid down a bunt in an attempt to move Mollenhauer over but an errant throw from Chigges put Mollenhauer on third and Mattox at second. Smith then brought Mollenhauer home on the sac fly to left.
Charleston scored their first run of the series in the top of the fifth when Jess Easterling, who led off the inning with a single, scored from third two batters later when Cobb hit an infield single to second.
The Cougars cut the Pirate lead to one in the top of the sixth when Friddle singled to lead off the inning and later scored from third on a Garabedian RBI groundout to short.
The Pirates added a run in the eighth, pushing the lead to 4-2. Jaime Ray led off the inning with a walk and after a sac bunt and a wild pitch advanced him to third, he scored on a fielding error by Marmol on a Mattox grounder.
CofC loaded the bases in the ninth but Rhodes got Friddle out on a fielder's choice groundout, sealing the win for ECU.
ECU and CofC will play the series finale Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium.