Feb. 25, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - In front of the second-largest crowd in school history with 4,141 in attendance, East Carolina defeated UNC Wilmington Saturday, 11-2, on day two of the Keith LeClair Classic sponsored by Wachovia and Trade-Wilco at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
East Carolina held a 2-1 lead after one and never looked back, scoring three in the fourth, one in the seventh and five in the eighth. With the win, ECU improves to 7-2 overall while UNCW drops to 6-2 on the year.
Jake Smith led the Pirates' offensive attack, going 3-for-5 at the plate with four RBI and a run scored. Dale Mollenhauer had his best performance of the season, going 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored while Jake Dean and Harrison Eldridge each finished 2-for-3. In addition to Mollenhauer, Eldridge and Drew Schieber also scored two runs apiece.
In his third start of the season, Sasser lasted 5 2/3 before giving way to Chris Powell. Sasser, picked up his second win of the season, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out one and walking three before Powell came in to retire the final batter of the sixth. Jason Neitz and Kevin Rhodes combined to throw the final three innings of scoreless ball.
Michael Marbry was the lone Seahawk to finish with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 on the day. Justin Barefoot and Steve Halford scored for UNCW while Daniel Hargrave collected the lone Wilmington RBI.
Halford doubled in the second and after a groundout advanced him to third, a Sasser wild pitch brought him home to give UNCW a 1-0 lead.
Dean tied the game up in the bottom half of the second when his single through the right side with runners on the corners scored Stephen Batts. Two batters later, two consecutive Flood wild pitches advanced the runners, scoring Ryan Tousley to put East Carolina up 2-1.
Mollenhauer gave the Pirates a three-run lead with a two-RBI triple to right-center in the fourth, scoring Schieber and Eldridge. Smith added to the lead when his chopping single up the middle got into center, scoring Mollenhauer for a 5-1 Pirate lead.
Three singles in the top of the sixth pushed the Seahawk's second run across with Barefoot coming across on a Hargrave single, bringing UNCW within three.
Smith got the run back in the bottom of the seventh with his solo blast to left-center, putting the Pirates back ahead by four, 6-2.
The Pirates blew the game open in the eighth with five runs on four hits and two UNCW errors, closing the scoring at 11-2.
West Virginia and Virginia Tech will play the final game on Saturday at approximately 5:10 p.m. ECU will play again Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Virginia Tech in the final day of the 2006 Keith LeClair Classic.