Pirates Defeat Spiders 15-4 in Midweek Play

UABSPORTS.COM Senior Brandon Henderson
Senior Brandon Henderson

March 17, 2009

Final Stats

No. 23 ECU 15, Richmond 4 (PDF)

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Senior Brandon Henderson and junior Kyle Roller combined to drive in nine runs as No. 23 East Carolina picked up a midweek win over Richmond 15-4 Tuesday night inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Henderson was 3-for-3 with five RBI and smacked a grand slam in the third inning, while Roller was 1-for-4 with four RBI including a two-run homer in the sixth. The Pirates (12-4) pounded out 13 hits on the night marking the 14th time this season they reached the double-digit mark in base knocks.

Patrick Somers (1-1) picked up his first collegiate win in relief working 2 1/3 innings where he allowed one run on three hits. Starter Mike Anderson, who was a predetermined pitch count, went 2 2/3 frames giving up a run (earned) on one hit with three walks and three punch outs. Sophomore Brad Mincey fanned a career-high five batters in two innings of relief, while Sthil Sowers struck out the side in the eighth. Ryan Wood made his fourth appearance out of the bullpen surrendering two runs on one hit with two walks and two strikeouts.

Ian Marshall suffered the loss for the Spiders (9-4) falling to 1-1 on the year. The right-hander allowed six runs (five earned) on four hits with two walks in two innings. Anthony Cafagna relieved Marshall in the third going two innings where he allowed two runs on two hits with a strikeout. Matt Zielinski (1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K), Josh Horn (1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB), Brian Alas (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K), Jared Bard (2/3 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K) and Kyle Leith (1/3 IP, 1 K) closed out the game for Richmond.



Henderson's grand slam, the third of his career, in the bottom of the third highl-ighted a six-run frame putting the Pirates up 8-2. Austin Homan led off with a double down the left field line then came around to score when Wood reached on an error. With runners at second and third and no outs, Stephen Batts drew the first of three free passes on the night, an intentional walk, to load the bases for Roller, who pushed across Trent Whitehead when he was plunked by a Cafagna pitch setting up Henderson's bases clearing home run to left.

ECU drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning taking a 2-0 lead. Stephen Batts drove in the games first run on a sac fly to right that scored Trent Whitehead from third. Whitehead led off the frame with double to left-center then took third on Ryan Wood's single to left. The Pirates second run came on Henderson's infield RBI single to third pushing across Wood.

Mike Mergenthaler knotted the game at two in the third with a two-run blast to right field off Somers. Cameron Brown drew a one-out walk just before Mergenthaler's second homer of the season.

ECU padded its lead to 15-2 after plating three runs in the sixth, one in seventh and three more in the eighth.

The Spiders plated two runs in the top of the ninth to draw the score to 15-4 scoring on a Ryan Metzroth single and a Ryan Mallory bases loaded walk.

The Pirates will be back in action tomorrow night when they play host to Norfolk State with a 6 p.m. first pitch scheduled.

Post-Game Notes:

  • The win is No. 127 at ECU for Billy Godwin and career number 389.
  • ECU improved to 22-1-1 when playing games on St. Patrick's Day.
  • ECU scored three runs on the night with two outs pushing its season total to 64 of its 153 runs (41.8 percent) scored with two men down.
  • ECU scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning marking the tenth time this season they have scored four or more runs in a frame.
  • The Pirates reached double-digits in both runs (15) and hits (12) on the night marking the 14th time this season for hits and fifth for runs.
  • Brandon Henderson tied his career-high with five RBI in the contest. He smacked his fourth home run of the season and 25th of his career. In the bottom of the third he hit his third career grand slam (two in 2008). Henderson was credited with his first game-winning RBI of the season on his home run in the third.
  • Kyle Roller hit his fourth home run of the season and 27th of his career in the sixth inning and drove in four on the night.
  • Ryan Wood moved into a tie for second place on the school's all-time sacrifices list (28) and sole possession of fourth place in walks (114).
  • Freshman Brett Bowers registered his first collegiate hit with a single in the eighth inning.
  • Stephen Batts' 17-game hitting streak came to an end after going 0-for-2 on the night with three walks and a sacrifice.
  • Austin Homan made his second start of the season going 1-for-4 with a career-high three runs scored.
  • Career Multi-Hit Games: Brandon Henderson (50), Drew Schieber (31) and Trent Whitehead (15).
  • Career Multi-RBI Games: Brandon Henderson (31) and Kyle Roller (27).