March 22, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - UNCW's Jeff Hatcher tossed a career-high seven innings of shutout ball in his second career start to lead the Seahawks past the Pirates 14-6 Wednesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Seahawks (17-6) drew first blood in the top of the first when John Raynor singled up the middle scoring Jason Appel from second giving the Seahawks an early 1-0 lead.
Offensively the Pirates (16-7) were led by Jay Mattox's 3-for-5 performance at the plate, while seven other ECU batters recorded a hit on the night including Ryan Tousley (2-for-2) and Ryan Wood (2-for-4)
ECU starter Scott Andrews lasted 1 2/3 innings allowing six hits, three runs (two earned) while striking out two batters for his first loss of the season. The Pirates used eight pitchers, including Andrews, on the night giving up 14 runs on 21 hits. Freshman Josh Dowdy came into to relieve Andrews in the bottom of the second tossing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief with a career-high three strikeouts before leaving with an injury.
Hatcher finished the game with six strikeouts and allowed five hits to improve to 2-1 on the season. Andrew Morgan and Adam Paul came into to close the game for Hatcher pitching in the eighth and ninth innings.
All nine Seahawk batters collected hits on the night with Daniel Hargrave (4-for-5) leading the way with three doubles and two RBI. Raynor also posted a four-hit night with three RBI, while Appel and Hatcher had three hits and Smith and Halford each accounted for two.
Hargrave got things going in the top of the second for UNCW when he doubled down the left field line. Hargrave advanced to third on a Kenny Smith single and then scored on a throwing error by Dale Mollenhauer. Smith eventually came around to score on an Appel fielder's choice to make the game 3-0.
UNCW pushed a pair of runs across in the sixth and seventh innings, four in the eighth and three in the ninth, while ECU plated four in their half of the eighth and two in the bottom of the ninth to close the game at 14-6.
The Pirates will hit the road for their second road series of the season when they travel to Houston, Texas to take on the nationally-ranked (No. 2) Rice Owls this weekend.