March 21, 2012
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Jared Avidon worked seven strong innings allowing a pair of runs and Mike Miedzianowski drove in a pair of runs on three hits as High Point (14-9) cruised past No. 25 East Carolina (15-5) in midweek action 10-2 at Willard Stadium.
Trailing 2-1 in the second inning, the Panthers placed a three-spot in the third taking a 4-2 lead and never looked back. Ryne Rush and Josh Spano each walked to start the inning. After a wild pitch and an error by Sam King scored Rush, Miedzianowski doubled down the left field line scoring Spano before he came around on a sac fly to right field.
Avidon (1-1) picked up the win after scattering five hits and punching out five. Jordan Foster allowed a pair of hits in two-thirds of an inning before Will Resnik closed out the frame. Jamie Schultz walked a pair and struck out two tossing a scoreless ninth.
Pirate sophomore Austin Chrismon (0-2) suffered his second loss of the season as a starter. The right-handers lasted just one inning allowing four runs (all earned) on one hit with three walks. Jake Harris made his second appearance of the year giving up three runs (all earned) on five hits with one strikeout in three innings of work. From there, ECU used seven hurlers to finish the game.
ECU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Drew Reynolds' single to right field. With two outs in the frame, Thompson singled up the middle and took third on John Wooten's single down the right field line. Reynolds extended his hit streak to nine games with an RBI single to right scoring Thompson.
High Point tied the game at one in the bottom half of the frame when Sal Pezzino reached on a fielder's choice scoring Sean Wilson, who led off the inning with a walk. After a sac bunt from Willie Medina moved Wilson to second, a wild pitch from Chrismon put him 90 feet away.
Sam King's single down the left field line scored Ben Fultz and gave ECU a 2-1 lead in the second inning. Fultz reached to start the frame on a fielding error then swiped his fifth base of the season before crossing home.
From that point on it was all High Point as the Panthers scored nine unanswered runs over the next seven frames, including three in the second, two in the third and one in each of the fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth.
Offensively the Pirates recorded seven hits on the night and were led by Reynolds and John Wooten, who each had a pair of base knocks. The Pirates committed four errors, walked five, and had three wild pitches and three passed balls.
The Pirates will continue their five-game road trip this weekend when they open Conference USA action in Orlando, Fla. when they travel to UCF. First pitch for Friday's game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (EST).