Junior Zach Wright's walk-off home run gave ECU a series win over Memphis
March 26, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Zach Wright's two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth in game two of the twin bill broke a three-all tie and gave East Carolina (18-5, 2-1 C-USA) a 5-3 walk-off series win over Memphis (12-10, 1-2 C-USA) at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Trailing 3-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth, ECU was down to their final out before putting together the game-winning rally. Corey Thompson reached on a throwing error by the first baseman T.J. Rich to extend the inning. After a wild pitch, Thompson was lifted for pinch runner Joshua Lovick at second base and he darted home on John Wooten's RBI single to left field knotting the game at three. Wright followed with a towering two-run shot to left field giving the Pirates their fourth walk-off win of the season.
Seth Simmons (3-0) picked up the win working the ninth where he gave up a hit and struck out the side. Starter Kevin Brandt allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in seven full innings. Brad Mincey made his second appearance of the day recording a pair of outs before Jake Harris closed out the eighth getting Rich to fly out.
Erik Schoenrick (1-1) suffered the loss allowing three runs (none earned) on two hits in two innings of relief. Clayton Gant allowed two runs (one earned) on 10 hits in 6.2 innings with three walks and one strikeout.
Memphis took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Rich homered off Brandt to right field with one out in the frame. But ECU got the run back in the bottom half of the stanza when Ben Fultz scored from second base on a throwing error by the Tigers second baseman Ethan Goss with two outs.
Tim Younger gave ECU a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a RBI single. Freshman Jack Reinheimer, who collected a career-high three hits, singled back up the middle to start the frame then took second when Chris Gosik was plunked by Gant. Jonathan Holt reached on a fielder's choice during his sac bunt attempt pushing Reinheimer over to third. Younger followed with his first hit of the game sending a screamer back up the middle.
Memphis regained the lead, 3-2, in the seventh scoring a pair of runs on a hit, a passed ball and three Brandt wild pitches. Adam McClain walked with one out then took second on a passed ball. J.D. Wallace reached on a Reinheimer throwing error scoring McClain. With two outs, Wallace moved over to second on a wild pitch, third on Gross' infield single and crossed home on another wild pitch.
In game one of the doubleheader, Memphis scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh when Chad Zurcher touched home on Rich's fielder's choice for a 3-2 lead. Zurcher, who was 1-for-1 with four walks in the game, singled to left field then landed on third on Mincey's throwing error to first during Jacob Wilson's sac bunt attempt, setting up the game-winning run.
Ben Paullus (1-0) picked up his first win of the year tossing 3.2 innings of shutout relief with five punch outs. Ryan Holland was touched for two runs (both earned) on eight hits over 5.1 innings with two strikeouts.
Mincey (4-1) was saddled with the loss and had his 22.0 scoreless inning streak snapped in the process. The right-hander allowed one run (unearned) on three hits with a walk. Mike Wright struck out seven, walked six and allowed two runs (both earned) on five hits in 5.0 innings, while Harris and Simmons combined for a scoreless eighth and ninth frame.
Robby Chapman staked Memphis to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. Rich singled to right field and a Mike Wright balk moved him into scoring position setting up the first run on Chapman's double to left field.
McClain's lone hit of the weekend pushed the Tiger's lead to 2-0 in the fourth. Graham walked to start the frame, moved to second on a passed ball and came around to score on McClain's single down the right field line.
ECU responded with a run in the bottom half of the stanza cutting the lead to one, 2-1. Thompson walked, Zach Wright singled to left and Wooten loaded the bases with a single up the middle. After Gosik lined into a double play, Fultz singled to left platting Thompson.
Thompson's sac fly to left knotted the game at two in the fifth. Younger led off with an infield single and Trent Whitehead followed with a single up the middle for Reinheimer, who advanced the runners to second and third on a sac bunt.
The Pirates recorded 20 hits on the day and left 17 runners on base, while Memphis had 13 hits and also stranded 17 runners on base. Fultz led the team with four base hits on the day, while Reinheimer, Wooten and Younger added three hits.
ECU will be back in action on Tuesday, March 29 when they travel to instate rival UNC Wilmington with a 6 p.m. (EST) first pitch scheduled.