Junior Mike Wright
Feb. 27, 2011
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. - Junior Mike Wright worked a career-best seven innings and Mike Ussery drove in three runs as East Carolina defeated 10th-ranked Virginia 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. With the win the Pirates move to 4-2 on the year, while the Cavaliers fall to 6-1.
Wright was impressive in his second start of the season caring a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Chris Taylor singled to left field to start the frame. The 6-foot-5 right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with four strikeouts improving 2-0 on the season. Brad Mincey (0.2 IP) and Jake Harris (0.1 IP) bridged the gap to closer Seth Simmons, who picked up his first save of the season and 21st of his career after working a scoreless ninth inning.
Cody Winiarski (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up four runs (all earned) on seven hits in 6.1 innings with six punch outs. Ryan Ashooh (0.1 IP), Whit Mayberry (0.2 IP) and Scott Silvestein (1.0 IP) came out of the bullpen to each record a strikeout in relief before closer Branden Kline tossed the final 0.2 innings.
Ussery's three run double to center highlighted a four-run second for the Pirates. Chase McDonald drew the first walk of the series for the Pirates, moved to second on a Zach Wright sac bunt and took third when Philip Clark reached on an infield single to load the bases. Ben Fultz, who is made his first career start in left field, singled to right before Clark's at-bat. Ussery drilled a shot to center field clearing the bases and putting the Pirates up 3-0. Trent Whitehead drew another walk putting runners on first and second before Corey Thompson singled home Ussery with a shot to right center capping the scoring at 4-0.
UVa cut into the Pirates lead scoring runs in the sixth and seventh inning making it a two run game, 4-2. Taylor singled to left with one out then moved to second on a failed pick off at first base. After Keith Werman's sac bunt pushed Taylor over to third, Scott Proscia drove him home with a single back up the middle.
John Barr scored the Cavaliers second run in the seventh on a fielder's choice RBI from pinch hitter Ryan Levine. Barr reached on a fielder's choice forcing John Hicks out at second base. David Coleman followed with a single to left center putting runners on the corners for Levine.
UVa scratched across another run in the eighth drawing within one, 4-3. Taylor and Werman laced back-to-back singles and Taylor scored when Proscia struck out and Werman was caught stealing for a double play.
The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday, March 1 when they play host to Campbell at 5 p.m. inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.