Brandt Strikes Out 12 In ECU Shutout, 6-0

UABSPORTS.COM Kevin Brandt struckout a career-best 12 batters against Rutgers
Kevin Brandt struckout a career-best 12 batters against Rutgers

March 20, 2011

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Junior Kevin Brandt struck out a career-best 12 batters and fellow classmate Corey Thompson drove in four runs as East Carolina (16-4) capped off a perfect week with a 6-0 win over Rutgers (7-11) Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Brandt (2-0), who was making just his second start of the season, was perfect through 3.1 innings until Steve Zavala singled to left field. But the southpaw recovered and picked Zavala off at first before striking out Steve Nyisztor to end the fourth frame. In all, Brandt allowed just two hits in 7.0 innings of work and fanned at least one batter in all seven innings and had two punch outs in four of the seven frames. Earlier in the week, Brandt made his fifth relief appearance of the season against Elon working 5.2 innings where he fanned six, walked one and allowed one run (unearned) on three hits.

The Pirates bullpen preserved the shutout as Shawn Armstrong (H, BB, 3Ks) and Zach Woods (H, BB, K) each tossed an inning of scoreless relief for the teams' fifth shutout of the season.

Nathaniel Roe (1-4) suffered the loss allowing all six runs (four earned) on 10 hits with seven punch outs. Dan O'Neill (2 H, K) and Ryan Fasano (K) closed out the game working scoreless innings of relief.

ECU took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to Thompson's single up the middle. Trent Whitehead roped the first pitch of the game to right field then took second on a failed pick off before coming home on the first of Thompson's four RBI in the contest.

Freshman Ben Fultz pushed the lead to 2-0 with a RBI triple to center that plated John Wooten in the fourth inning.

The Pirates scored a pair of runs in the fifth and seventh frames taking a 6-0 lead and cruising to their fifth-straight win, 10th in the last 11 games and 13th in their last 15 outings. Thompson singled up Jonathan Holt and Mike Ussery in the fifth and reached on a fielder's choice in the seventh scoring Whitehead from third. Wooten also drove in a run in the seventh on a double down the left field line pushing across Jack Reinheimer.

Five Pirates recorded multiple hits on the day and combined for 11 of their 12 base knocks. Fultz collected a career-high three hits, while Holt, Thompson, Whitehead and Wooten each added two.

ECU will take a much needed rest this week and will return to the diamond on Friday, March 25 when they open Conference USA play at home against Memphis. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m. (EST).