Pirates Take Game One of Doubleheader, 5-2

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March 15, 2014

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Ian Townsend collected a team-high three hits and drove in two runs, while Reid Love and Ryan Williams combined for eight strikeouts leading East Carolina (9-10, 2-3) to a 5-2 win over Tulane (10-7, 3-2) in game one of an afternoon twin-bill at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Williams (5-1) picked up the win in relief striking out all four batters he faced after entering the game in the seventh inning with runners second and third. Love allowed two runs (all earned) on four hits in 7.2 innings of work while adding four punch-outs.

The Pirates erupted for three runs in the eighth inning breaking a two-all tie thanks to four hits and a Green Wave error. Townsend singled home Reynolds, who walked to start the stanza. Andrew LaMura, who made his collegiate debut as the designated hitter, reached on an RBI infield single that scored Townsend. ECU's final run of the game came on Eric Tyler's single to left field pushing across Jonathan Holt, who pinch ran for LaMura.

Emerson Gibbs (1-2) suffered the loss after giving up three runs (all earned) on four hits in one inning of work. Starter Randy LeBlanc matched Love pitch-for-pitch through six innings and ended up with the no decision. The right-hander surrendered two runs (both earned) on five hits with five strikeouts in seven innings.

Love was masterful in his start facing one over the minimum through six frames. He retired the first nine batters in order before allowing the leadoff batter in the fourth to reach. Love retired the side in order in five of the first six innings and 23 of 25 batters before serving up a solo home run in the seventh.

With the game scoreless heading to the bottom of the sixth, ECU finally broke through plating a pair of runs for a 2-0 advantage. Bryce Harman stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out delivering a sac fly to left field that scored Hunter Allen. Townsend followed with a single up the middle plating Ben Fultz before LuMura grounded out to short to end the stanza.

Tulane chipped away at the lead scoring a run in the seventh and eighth innings knotting the contest at two-all. Andrew Garner broke up Love's no-hit bid in the seventh sending a fly ball over the right field wall with one out cutting the lead to one, 2-1.

Richard Carthon's RBI single that platted Bowen Woodson pulled the Green Wave even in the eighth inning. Woodson singled up the middle with one out, took second on Stephen Alemais' base knock through the left side before sprinting home on Carthon's base hit to left field.