Pirates Win Sixth Straight, 15-2
March 27, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. -Junior Seth Maness struck out seven batters, while Corey Thompson and Billy Walling combined for five RBI as No. 25 East Carolina walked away with a 15-2 win over in-state foe N.C. Central Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Pirates won their sixth straight game at home and improved to 15-8 while the Eagles dropped to 0-21.
Maness (4-2) picked up his fourth straight win after allowing two runs on five hits in six full innings of work. The right-hander from Pinehurst, N.C. gave up two hits in the first frame and then scattered three over the next five innings and faced no more than four Eagles in an inning until he was relieved by Shawn Armstrong. In all, Maness faced 23 hitters on 82 pitches and allowed just one walk. Armstrong, Jake Harris and Brad Mincey each worked a full inning of shutout relief with Armstrong striking out the side in the seventh.
Drew Robinson (0-5) suffered the loss giving up six runs (three earned) on four hits with six walks and two strikeouts in four innings of work. Glenn Frye entered the game in the fifth tossing two innings of relief where he also gave up six runs (four earned) on four hits with five walks. Jasper Jones (1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 4 BB) and James "Tater" Jordon (1.0 IP, 1 H) closed the final two frames for the Eagles.
With the game knotted at one heading into the bottom of the third, Thompson pushed across a pair of runs on a two-RBI double to right center giving the Pirates a lead they would never relinquish, 3-1. Trent Whitehead walked and Kyle Roller singled through the right side to put runners on first and third with one out. Roller moved into scoring position when he swiped his second base of the game and fifth of the season and came around to score with Whitehead on Thompson's seventh double of the season.
ECU added three runs in the fourth, three in the sixth and six in the seventh to cap the scoring at 15-2. During the fourth inning, Harrington drove in Homan on a sac fly and Jared Avchen and Whitehead scored on an error by Akeem Hood during Thompson's at-bat. In the sixth, Whitehead stroked his first home run of the season and 11th of his career to lead off the inning and Homan and Avchen drew back-to-back bases loaded walks each driving in a run. RBI base knocks by Philip Clark, Thompson and Billy Walling closed out the scoring for the Pirates in the seventh stanza.
Edward Pegues, one of four Eagles with a hit, cut the Pirates lead to four, 6-2, in the fifth when he took a Maness 2-0 offering to left field, which would serve as the final hit of the game for N.C. Central.
The two teams will close out the series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. (EDT). Sophomore Mike Wright will get the nod on the mound for the Pirates and Douglas Dailey will counter for the Eagles.