Freshman Chase McDonald hit his first collegiate home run in the sixth inning.
Feb. 20, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - For the third-straight game the East Carolina pitching staff held Youngstown State's bats in check as the Pirates completed the series sweep Sunday afternoon blanking the Penguins 10-0 at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Mike Wright (1-0) notched the win scattering three hits over five innings with a walk and a strikeout and extended the Pirates starting pitchers scoreless streak to 16 innings. Senior Seth Maness surrendered the only run among the starters serving up a 3-1 fastball to David Leon to start the game on Friday night. ECU (3-0) used five hurlers to preserve its second consecutive shutout getting an inning of relief from Shawn Armstrong (1 H, 2 Ks), Jake Harris (2 Ks) and Seth Simmons (2 Ks), while Brad Mincey (0.2 IP, 1 H) and Austin Chrismon (0.1 IP) combined to work the seventh frame.
Robert Switka (0-1) suffered the loss for the Penguins (0-3) after being ruffed up in his season debut where he allowed seven runs (four earned) on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Cody Dearth spelled Switka in the fifth allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits. Padraic Williams (2 IP) and Drew Dosch (1 IP) combined to throw three scoreless innings to close out the game.
Freshman Jack Reinheimer broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI bunt single back to Switka that scored John Wooten from third. Wooten reached on a throwing error by Leon and took third on Zach Wright's single down the right field line shortly before crossing home on Reineheimer's safety squeeze. Wright wound up on third during the play when Switika over threw the first baseman and scored on Philip Clark's sac bunt for a 2-0 advantage. Tim Younger and Drew Reynolds drew back-to-back two out walks to load the bases for Trent Whitehead, who seemed to take the wind out of the Penguins sails with a single up the middle that pushed across Reinheimer and Younger to cap the inning at 4-0.
ECU put up three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to extend its lead to 10-0. Wooten laced a RBI triple to right center in the fifth, which was followed by Zach Wright's RBI double. Clark drove in his second run of the afternoon with a single to right field scoring Wright.
Freshman Chase McDonald's first collegiate home run, a line drive shot to left field, highlighted the Pirates three-run sixth. Whitehead reached after being plunked by Dearth, stole second and came around to score on Corey Thompson's double to left center. McDonald squared up on a 2-1 offering from Dearth sending the Pirate faithful into a frenzy as they had just witnessed ECU's first home run of the 2011 season.
In all the Pirates banged out 11 hits with Clark, Wooten and Wright each collecting a pair of base knocks. McDonald and Reinheimer extended their current hitting streaks to three games, while McDonald and Whitehead picked up their second multi-RBI games of the young season.
The Pirates will be back in action next Friday, Feb. 25 when they travel to 13th-ranked Virginia for a three-game non-conference series in Charlottesville, Va.