April 4, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Freshman Ryan Wood belted his first career home run and drove in a season-high five runs to help East Carolina record a 14-2 victory over N.C. A&T Tuesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
After trailing 2-0 in the second inning, the Pirates (19-12) plated three runs in the bottom half of the fourth and never trailed. The inning was highlighted by Wood's double to left-center field that tied the game at two and then Drew Schieber's RBI ground out that scored Wood to give ECU the lead at 3-2. Harrison Eldridge collected one of his four hits on the night with a two-out single that scored Ryan Tousley.
Shane Mathews improved to 2-2 on the season after pitching six innings and allowing two runs, while striking out four. Mike Flye made his fifth appearance of the season in the top of the seventh coming into relieve Mathews working two scoreless frames. Cody Leggett finished the top of the ninth striking out one batter.
Offensively, the Pirates had three batters who collected multiple hits in the game. Eldridge, who extended his hit streak to seven games, finished the night going 4-for-5, while Mattox and Wood each got three hits.
Cyril Daniel (0-2) suffered the loss after relieving Patrick Oates in the fourth inning. He allowed 13 runs (six earned) on eight hits. Oates worked just three innings allowing one run while recording three strike outs, while Kyle Harvey and Erik Neal tossed a combined 2 2/3 innings to close out the game.
Just three Aggies (Phillip Brewington, Joe McIntyre and Oates) recorded hits in the game.
McIntyre hit his second home run of the season in the top of the second putting the Aggies (12-19) up 2-0 early.
Jake Smith finally got the Pirates on the board in the bottom of the third with a solo shot to left-center, his sixth of the season.
ECU extended its lead to five, 7-2, on a Jamie Ray double to right-center. For Ray it marked the 11th straight game in which he has recorded a hit. Earlier in the inning Mattox singled to left to score Dale Mollenhauer.
Wood blasted his first home run in a Pirate uniform to push the Pirate lead to seven, 9-2, in the bottom of the fifth.
The Pirates would plate another five runs in the sixth to close the game at 14-2.
The Pirates will hit the road this weekend to take on UCF in Conference USA action down in Orlando, Fla.