Sophomore Kevin Brandt
Feb. 20, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Sophomore Kevin Brandt allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings, while freshman John Wooten went 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBI in No. 11 East Carolina's 6-1 win over No. 2 Virginia Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The lefty from Fuquay Varina walked three and fanned four in his first action of the 2010 season and improved his career record to 10-2. Mike Wright (1.1 IP, 1 K) and Seth Simmons (1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) closed out the final 2.1 innings securing the Pirates 10th win over a Top 5 program in school history.
ECU's pitching staff held UVA's Dan Grovatt, Steven Proscia and Jarrett Parker hitless after the Cavalier trio combined for six hits and drove in six runs during game one of the three-game series.
Robert Morey suffered the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 4.1 innings. Neal David and Whit Mayberry worked scoreless two-thirds of an inning and Braden Kline was touched for a pair of runs in 2.1 frames on four hits.
In his first collegiate at-bat, Wooten put the Pirates (1-1) up 1-0 with a solo blast to right field in the second inning. Corey Thompson added the second run of the frame when he sprinted home on Dustin Harrington's RBI ground out to third.
ECU pushed across a pair of runs in the fifth inning to extend its lead to 4-0. Thompson led off with a single then took third on Harrington's one-out shot to right field. Thompson touched home and Harrington advanced 90 feet to third on a Morey wild pitch. After Kyle Roller drew the first of two intentional walks, Morey loaded the bases when giving Devin Harris a free pass just before Austin Homan's sac fly to center that plated Harrington.
UVA (1-1) cut the lead to 4-1 in the seventh thanks to a Phil Gosselin ground out to short that pushed across John Barr, who led off with a walk. Barr moved over to second on Kenny Swab's single up the middle and landed on third after Chris Taylor's ground out.
Cam Freeman's RBI single up the middle drove in Bryan Bass extending the Pirates lead to 5-1. Wooten followed with his second hit of the day, another shot up the middle scoring Jared Avchen and capping the scoring at 6-1.
ECU got two-hit efforts from Freeman, Homan, Whitehead and Wooten, while Avchen, Harrington and Thompson added one hit each.
The Pirates and Cavaliers will play game three of the series Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. (EST) first pitch scheduled.