ECU Routs Monmouth 16-2

UABSPORTS.COM Junior Dustin Harrington was 6-for-6 with two home runs and six RBI against Monmouth.
Junior Dustin Harrington was 6-for-6 with two home runs and six RBI against Monmouth.

March 21, 2010

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Greenville, N.C. - Junior Dustin Harrington had a career day going 6-for-6 at the plate with two home runs, six RBI and scored five runs as No. 16 East Carolina claimed the rubber match game over Monmouth 16-2 Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

ECU's (11-8) offensive unit and pitching staff shined on an overcast day pounding out a season-best 19 hits, while holding Monmouth (3-6) to just five base knocks.

The story early in the game was sophomore right-hander Mike Wright (1-1), who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a leadoff single to Mike Casale. The 6'-5" reliever made his first start of the season and faced one over the minimum through five frames with Kyle O'Neill reaching on an error in the third. Wright would go on to fan a career-best eight hitters in 5.1 innings, where he allowed two runs on three hits.

ECU got shutout performances from hurlers Jake Harris (0.2 IP), Joseph Hughes (1.0 IP), Zach Woods (0.2 IP), Patrick Somers (0.1 IP) and Seth Simmons (1.0) to secure the Pirates' 11th victory of the season.

Pat Light (0-2) was saddled with the loss after giving up eight runs on 10 hits in 2.2 innings. The rest of the Hawks pitching staff didn't fare any better as they allowed eight runs over the next 5.1 frames on nine hits.

The Pirates took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the opening stanza thanks to a two-run shot by Kyle Roller to right center, the 45th home run of his career. Zach Wright pushed across the game-winning run on a double to right field that scored Corey Thompson, who tripled to left center just moments before Wright stepped to the plate.

ECU added a pair of runs in the second to extend its lead to 5-0. Harrington drove in his first run with a single up the middle that scored Austin Homan before coming around to score himself on Thompson's infield single to third.

The offensive attack continued in the third when Cam Freeman scored on Trent Whitehead's single that was bobbled by the right fielder O'Neill. Harrington followed Whitehead with the first of two home runs on the day, a two-run shot over the batter's eye in center putting ECU up 8-0.

ECU added six runs in the fourth, which was highlighted by a pair of three-run homers coming off the bats of Devin Harris and Harrington for a 14-0 advantage.

Monmouth finally got on the board in the sixth pushing across a pair of runs on three hits, 14-2. Casale singled through the right side and Josh Boyd reached with a one-out single to right before Matt McEndy cleared the bases with single to right center.

Philip Clark's pinch hit single to left center scored Harrington for the Pirates 15th run of the contest and Clark came around to score the final run of the game on Jared Avchen's pinch hit double to left that was over ran by McEndy.

ECU will continue its 13-game home stand when they play host to High Point on Tuesday, Mar. 23 with a first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. (EDT).

Post-Game Notes:

  • Attendance: 2,784
  • ECU pounded out season-best 19 hits with 10 Pirates recording at least one base knock ... The Pirates 16 runs were also a season-high with nine players touching home.
  • Dustin Harrington was 6-for-6 with two runs, six RBI and five runs scored - all career-highs ... The last Pirate to collect six hits in a game was Jamie Paige, who was 7-for-8 (both school records) against Cincinnati on Apr. 17, 2004 ... With his six-hit performance, Harrington raised his batting average to a team-best .420.
  • Devin Harris homered in his fourth-straight game with a three-run blast in the fourth inning ... The last Pirate to hit at least one home run in four consecutive games was former All-America Corey Kemp from April 9-14, 2008 ... Over the last five games Harris is hitting .524 (11-for-21) with five homers, 12 RBI, eight runs scored and four doubles.
  • Kyle Roller smacked another home run, his team tying sixth, in the bottom of the first inning ... He has homered in consecutive games and has at least one in four of his last six contests ... With his two home runs and five RBI against Monmouth on the weekend, Roller moved into sole possession of third place on the school's all-time HR charts (45) and fifth place on the all-time RBI list (173).
  • Mike Wright picked up his second career win in his third career start after working 5.1 innings with a career-best eight strikeouts ... Wright carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up single through the right side to Mike Casale ... Before the sixth inning he faced just one over the minimum ... Wright's last win was against South Carolina in the Greenville Regional final on June 1, 2009.
  • Career multi-hit games: Harrington (57), Harris (27), Roller (57), Thompson (7) and Wright (8).
  • Career multi-RBI games: Harrington (24), Harris (17) and Roller (50).
  • First career appearances: Jacob Davis (first collegiate hit in the eighth) and Billy Walling (defensive replacement at first for Roller in the ninth).
  • On the weekend, the Pirates batted .376 (44-for-117) with 12 home runs, 33 RBI and 36 runs ... ECU swiped 7 of 9 bases and slugged .778 ... Eight of ECU's 13 pitchers used on the weekend did not allow a run and only three of those gave up a base hit ... Pirate pitchers fanned 34 hitters and walked just seven.