March 3, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. -Pirate starter T.J. Hose tossed six shutout innings and lead-off man Dale Mollenhauer finished 2-for-4 with season-best four RBI as East Carolina pounded Stony Brook, 12-0, Friday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Pirates collected 12 hits and took advantage of four Seawolves' errors as ECU improves to 9-3 on the season while Stony Brook falls to 0-4.
Hose, making his fourth start of the year, tossed six shutout innings en route to his third win of the season. The sophomore right-hander gave up just six hits and three walks while striking out seven. Michael Hill relieved Hose and walked two batters before Cody Leggett came on to finish the game, tossing three shutout innings to record his first career save.
In addition to Mollenhauer, four Pirates finished with multiple hits led by Adam Witter's 3-for-5 performance. Witter, who slugged his second homer of the season in the fourth, finished with two RBI and two runs scored. Jake Smith, Stephen Batts and Drew Schieber each finished with two hits while Mollenhauer, Schieber and Harrison Eldridge also plated two runs.
Andres Perez was the lone Seawolf with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 on the afternoon.
Mollenhauer started the scoring in the second when he put ECU up with a two-run double to right, scoring Jake Dean and Eldridge.
Stony Brook loaded the bases in the fourth but Hose was able to get Stephen Didsbury to strikeout, ending the Seawolves threat.
East Carolina broke the game open with five runs in the bottom half of the fourth. ECU put runners on first and second with one out before an error by leftfielder Steven Mazzurco allowed Schieber to score from second for the Pirates' third run. Two more runs came across when another Stony Brook error, this time on second baseman Chris Sipp, allowed Eldridge and Mollenhauer to score when Jay Mattox's grounder went off Sipp and into rightfield. Witter then smashed the two-run shot to right, putting ECU up 7-0.
Mollenhauer drove in two more runners with a single to center in the fifth, pushing the lead to 9-0. ECU then added two more runs in the inning to go up on the Seawolves, 11-0.
A Brandon Henderson sac fly to center in the eighth scored Witter to close the scoring at 12-0.
The Pirates and the Seawolves will play game two of the series Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium.