March 8, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Pirate starter Brody Taylor picked up his second win of the season and lead-off hitter Jay Mattox belted his second home run of the year while driving in a career-high four RBI as East Carolina defeated N.C. A&T 14-3, Wednesday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Pirates (12-3) collected 15 hits from ten different batters, including three from Drew Scheiber and Adam Witter. Witter, who slugged his third homer of the season to lead off the fifth inning, finished with two RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore right fielder Harrison Eldridge also collected multiple hits as he went 2-for-4 on the day with a pair of runs scored.
Taylor, who was making his second mid-week start of the season, allowed three earned runs, five hits and struck out three in six innings of work. Josh Dowdy relieved Taylor in the seventh retiring the side in order. Chris Powell and Cody Leggett also tossed one inning in relief allowing just two hits and striking out four.
Skegee Brooks got the loss for the Aggies (4-9) giving up nine runs, all earned, in four innings of work. Kyle Harvey came in relief of Brooks facing three batters, giving up two runs on one hit. Four Aggie pitchers combined to pitch the final 3 2/3 innings allowing three runs on five hits.
Charlie Gamble, who collected his first home run of the season, led the Aggie offensive attack going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Joe McIntyre was the other Aggie with a multiple hit performance going 2-for-4 with one run scored.
N.C. A&T got on the board in the top half of the first inning after three consecutive singles. With one out, McIntyre singled to left, while Gamble singled through the right side and then Patrick Oates singled up the middle driving in McIntyre for the games first run.
The Pirates answered in the bottom of the second when Stephen Batts scored on a Raul Santiago fielding error off the bat of designated hitter Adam Hodges. Batts led off the inning with a walk before stealing second to get into scoring position. After Hodges was thrown out attempting to steal second, ECU got back-to-back singles from Scheiber and Eldridge to set up Mattox's three-run bomb.
N.C. A&T platted two runs in the third when Gamble homered to center field scoring Nick Mayo two pull within one, 4-3.
From the third inning on, the Pirates broke the game open scoring two runs in the bottom of the third of doubles by Witter, Jake Dean and Hodges.
ECU added five more runs in the fifth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth to claim a 14-3 win.
The Pirates will hit the road this weekend for their first road trip of the season when they travel to Fullerton, Calif., to take on nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton. Games are scheduled for Friday, March 10 at 10 pm (EST), Saturday, March 11 at 9 pm (EST) and Sunday, March 12 at 4 pm (EST).