April 2, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina's Brody Taylor pitched a complete game five-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over Houston Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
For Taylor, who improved to 4-1 on the season, it was his first complete game shutout at ECU and his 12th win as a Pirate. He finished the day walking two and striking out six Cougar batters.
ECU (18-12, 2-4) drew first blood in the bottom of the third when Dale Mollenhauer scored on a wild pitch plating the games first run. Adam Witter's RBI single to right field scored Jake Smith from second putting the Pirates up 2-0.
Eight Pirate batters collected hits on the day with Witter leading the charge going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI's. Jamie Ray was 1-for-4 on the afternoon and extended his hitting streak to ten games, the longest by any Pirate this season. Harrison Eldridge kept his hit streak in tact with a single in the sixth.
Houston (18-13, 5-1) starter Luis Flores dropped to 2-2 on the season after working 3 2/3 innings. He gave up a pair of runs on five hits while fanning seven Pirate batters. Shea Hancock relieved Flores in the bottom of the fourth working three innings while giving up one run. Clayton Boone closed out the game pitching 1 1/3 innings and striking out two.
Brad Lincoln and Bryan Tulley each collected a pair of hits for Houston, while Jake Stewart picked up the only other Cougar hit.
Witter doubled in the Pirates final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh scoring Smith from first putting ECU up 3-0.
Taylor's complete game was the first for ECU since Ricky Brooks tossed a no-hitter on April 24, 2005 against Memphis in Clark-LeClair Stadium.
ECU will continue its home stand next week when they play host to N.C. A&T on Tuesday, April 4 with a 7 p.m. first pitch scheduled.