Pirates Edge Seawolves 4-3 In 11 Innings
March 5, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Dale Mollenhauer drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the eleventh to give ECU a 4-3 win over Stony Brook and its first series sweep of the season Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Pirates, who trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom half of the eleventh, got things started when freshman Ryan Wood reached second on a throwing error. Jake Dean moved Wood over to third on a sac bunt just before Drew Schieber doubled to right field plating the tying run.
Harrison Eldridge got a free pass on an intentional walk and on the ensuing pitch to Ryan Tousley, promptly stole second on a double-steal with Schieber, placing runners on second and third. Centerfielder Jay Mattox grounded into a fielder's choice, setting up the bases-loaded walk for Mollenhauer.
ECU (11-3) collected seven hits on the day with Mollenhauer going 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored to lead the Pirates. Five other Pirates posted hits on the afternoon, highlighted by Schieber's eleventh-inning double and Jamie Ray's first hit of the season which came in the bottom of the third.
Starting pitcher Shane Mathews turned in his best pitching performance of the young season, recording a career-high nine strikeouts while giving up one unearned run on five hits in six innings of work. On the afternoon, five Pirate pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts and just two earned runs in 11 innings of work. Senior Carter Harrell posted his second win of the season, tossing the final 2/3 of an inning in the eleventh.
For the Seawolves (0-6), eight different batters recorded hits with Kyle Traylor notching three, while also driving in a pair of runs and scoring once. Robert Leonard also finished with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 on the day. On the mound, left-hander Matt Restivo held the Pirates in check throwing six innings, allowing one run on four hits, while striking out eight batters before giving way Tom Koehler. Nick Abel suffered his first loss of the season after giving up two runs in the eleventh.
In the top of the fourth inning, Stony Brook plated its first run of the weekend when Traylor doubled to left-center, scoring Isidro Fortuna, who had led off the inning by reaching on a error, from second with two outs. With two outs and a runner on second, the Seawolves looked to add to their lead when Chris DiBiaso reached on a fielding error and Traylor advanced to third. But Mathews got Brian Witkowski to groundout to second to end the inning.
Prior to Stony Brook's fourth inning, the Pirates had held the Seawolves scoreless for 21 2/3 innings in the series after posting back-to-back shutouts in the first two games of the weekend.
The Pirates answered Stony Brook's run with one of their own in the bottom half of the fourth when Brandon Henderson scored on a Restivo wild pitch to knot the game at one.
Traylor broke the 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth when he laced a shot down the left field line scoring Fortuna from second.
Mollenhauer started the bottom of the eighth inning with a single up the middle. Jake Smith's sacrifice and Stephen Batts' single to right set up the Pirates second run of the day when pinch-hitter Adam Hodges drove in Mollenhauer from third on a fielder's choice grounder to tie the game at two.
ECU will end its season-opening, 15-game home stand Wednesday, March 8 when the Pirates host N.C. A&T at 3 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium.