Sophomore Trent Whitehead collected a career-best five hits.
March 28, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Trent Whitehead collected a career-best five hits and Devin Harris and Zach Wright hit back-to-back home runs for the third time this season to help No. 25 East Carolina finish off a three-game sweep of N.C. Central Sunday afternoon 20-1 in seven innings at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Pirates extend their current win streak to seven games (all at home) and improve to 16-8, while the Eagles fall to 0-22.
In a game that saw the Pirates reach the 20 run mark for the second time in three days, ECU outscored N.C. Central 65-7 on the weekend and established a new school record for runs in a three-game series (65) topping the previous mark of 60 set back in 2004 against Cincinnati. Whitehead, who entered the series with a .263 average, registered base knocks in the first five innings before flying out to center in the sixth raising his average to .318.
All nine starters recorded at least one hit on the afternoon with Dustin Harrington, Devin Harris, Austin Homan, Corey Thompson, Whitehead and Wright recording multiple hits. Eight of the Pirates' starters drove in at least one run with Philip Clark being the odd man out. However he was one of seven Pirates to score multiple runs in the game when he crossed the plate twice in the contest.
Mike Wright (2-1) recorded his second win of the season after working a predetermined three innings where he allowed one run on three hits with two punch outs. The 6-foot-5 sophomore retired the first six batters he faced before giving up a single to Justin Goodson in the top of the third frame. The Pirates used five pitchers over the next four innings getting shutout relief from Mike Anderson (1.0 IP, 2 H), Zach Woods (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K), Brad Mincey (1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 Ks), Patrick Somers (0.1 IP, 1 K) and Seth Simons (0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 Ks).
Douglas Dalley (0-1) suffered the loss after giving up 10 runs (nine earned) on eight hits in 2.2 innings. Joseph Cobb faced two batters in the third walking Zach Wright before Philip Clark's fielder's choice that forced Wright out at second. James "Tater" Jordan was also touched for 10 runs (all earned) on 11 hits in 1.1 innings, while David Scott made his first relief appearance allowing a walk in 1.2 frames.
The Pirates scored four runs in the first taking a 4-0 lead thanks to a bases loaded double by Homan brought home Harrington, Wright and Clark.
Thompson's sac fly and Whitehead's steal of home pushed two more runs across in the second inning for a 6-0 lead. Whitehead, who has three stolen bases on the season, darted home when Harris looked to be picked off at first, but an error by shortstop Anthony Wilson allowed Harris to reach second safely and Whitehead scored.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Whitehead reached on an infield single scoring Homan before Thompson doubled to right field bringing home Jared Avchen and Whitehead. Harrington first hit of the game scored Thompson to cap the inning at 10-0.
N.C. Central scored their lone run in the third on Akeem Hood's single to right that scored Goodson from third.
Already ahead 11-0 in the fifth, ECU sent 14 batters to the plate and reeled off 10 consecutive base hits with the first five going for extra bases and scoring nine runs. Harrington legged out his second career triple scoring Thompson who doubled to start the frame and then came home on Harris' two-run shot to center. Wright followed with a towering shot over the scoreboard in right center. Clark doubled, Homan singled and Chris Gosik cleared the bases with another double to right center. Avchen continued the hit parade with a single up the middle, which was followed by singles a RBI single by Whitehead and a pinch-hit single by Billy Walling.
The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday, Mar. 30 when they host Elon for a midweek clash with a first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. (EDT).