ECU Rolls Past N.C. Central 30-4
March 26, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. -Kevin Brandt threw five shutout innings while Chris Gosik, Devin Harris, Austin Homan, Daniel Warzon and Zach Wright combined to drive in 21 runs as No. 25 East Carolina cruised past in-state foe N.C. Central 30-4 Friday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Pirates picked up their fifth straight win at home to improve to 14-8 and the Eagles dropped to 0-20 on the season.
Brandt, who improved to 2-2 on the season, allowed one hit when Blake Murray laced a two-out single through the eight side breaking up Brandt's no-hit bid in the fifth. The southpaw from Fuquay Varina, N.C. faced two batters over the minimum and struck out eight on 56 pitches. Lance Honeycutt worked the sixth allowing one run on two walks, D.J. Jauss took the bump in the seventh recording a punch out, Patrick Somers came in for the eighth giving up a run on three hits and Mark Wilder made his first appearance of the season in the ninth allowing two runs on three hits with two strikeouts.
Jeff Citero (0-3) suffered his third loss of the year after being touched for 12 runs (four earned) on nine hits in 2.2 innings. Brandon Strickland gave up 10 runs (all earned) on six hits in 2.2 innings, while Jeremy Tillett (1.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 K) and Tim Rennard (1.0 IP, 1H) closed out the final 2.2 frames.
Leading 2-0, ECU used seven hits and three N.C. Central errors to score 11 runs and put the game out of reach at 13-0 in the third. Corey Thompson and Harris laced back-to-back singles and Wright reached on a throwing error by Kurt Wilson which scored Thompson and put runners on second and third. Philip Clark followed with an infield single that pushed across Harris and moved Wright over to third. Cam Freeman reached on another throwing error, this time by Anthony Wilson, scoring Wright and moving Clark to second. Trent Whitehead loaded the bases with a one-out walk and Dustin Harrington popped up to second scoring Clark for the fourth run of the inning.
Roller continued the stanza with an RBI single plating Freeman and moving Whitehead to third. After a passed ball landed Roller on second, Thompson drew the first of two walks and Harris stroked his second hit of the inning to left field pushing the Pirates lead to 9-0. Thompson and Harris scored on Wright singled to center, where he landed on second on a throwing error by Nate Smith. Strickland relieved Citero with two outs and immediately walked Clark and plunked Freeman to load the bases for Homan, who doubled through the left field line plating Clark and Wright for the final two runs of the inning.
ECU would score five runs in the fourth extending the lead 18-0 thanks to Wright's second grand slam in as many days. Wright would end up going 2-for-6 with a career-best five RBI and three runs scored.
The Eagles finally got on the board in the sixth when Robert Grant touched home on a double-play off the bat of Nate Smith making the score 18-1. Grant and Akeem Hood drew consecutive walks to start the inning and Wilson loaded the bases when he was hit by a Honeycutt pitch setting up the first run
In the bottom of the sixth Homan ripped a two-RBI double to right and Warzon collected his first hit as a Pirate when he tattooed a full-count offering over the left field clearing the bases for a 23-1 advantage.
N.C. Central answered with a run in the eighth and a pair in the ninth to end the game.
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