Junior Ian Townsend
March 15, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Ian Townsend sparked an eight-run second inning by belting a pair of home runs, which tied and NCAA record, as East Carolina (10-10, 3-3) completed the Conference USA doubleheader sweep over Tulane (10-8, 3-3) with a 13-3 win in eight innings Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Following game one where the Reid Love and Ryan Williams starred on the mound, it was the offense that shined in game two. The Pirates scored a season-high 13 runs, tied a season-high with 14 hits and belted five home runs - four of those coming in the second inning.
Trailing 3-0 in the second frame, ECU plated a season-best eight runs taking an 8-3 lead and never looked back. Townsend and Bryce Harman hit back-to-back solo homers to right field pulling the Pirates within one, 3-2. With two outs and runners on the corners, Ben Fultz lifted a first pitch offering from J.P France for a three-run homer to right field. Drew Reynolds followed with a walk and Zach Houchins singled through the left side before Townsend blasted his second round-tripper of the stanza.
Williams (6-1) picked up his second win of the day tossing seven innings of shutout relief scattering seven hits and striking out two. In game one of the doubleheader, the right-hander punched out all four batters he face in another relief victory. Starter Brett Mabry lasted just one inning surrendering two three runs (two earned) on six hits.
France (1-2) was saddled with the loss allowing six runs (all earned) on four hits in 1.2 innings. The Green Wave used three pitchers out of the pen in Alex Massey (1.0 IP), Brady Wilson (3.2 IP) and Tyler Zamjahn (1.0) who gave up a combined seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits.
Tulane jumped out to a 3-0 lead scoring a pair of runs on consecutive RBI base hits from Garrett Deschamp and Hunter Hope in the first and a RBI fielder's choice by Richard Carthon in the second.
ECU tacked on a pair of runs in the third extending its lead to 10-3. Tyler scored the first run on a wild pitch before Reynolds drove in Hunter Allen with an RBI single.
Harman smacked his second homer of the day and third on the week leading off the seventh with a solo shot to right field putting the Pirates up 11-3.
In the eighth frame, ECU sent five hitters to the plate with four recording base hits including Houchins' RBI double and Townsend's RBI single that ended the contest early invoking Conference USA's 10-run rule in the third game of a weekend series.
All-toll, ECU had five players with multiple hits and were led by Townsend's 4-for-5 effort that consisted of two runs scored and five RBI. Harman, Houchins, Reynolds and Charlie Yorgen each added two hits.
The Pirates will be back in action on Wednesday, Mar. 19 when they play host to Virginia Commonwealth at 6 p.m. (ET).