Owls Beat Pirates 4-0 In Series Opener
April 6, 2007
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Ryan Berry struck out a career-high 12 batters in seven innings as the Rice Owls snapped East Carolina's 14-game home winning streak Friday night 4-0 inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Berry, a freshman from Humble, Texas who improved to 5-1 on the year, did not allow a walk on the night. Ryan Tacker pitched two innings allowing one hit with one strikeout.
Pirate (21-10, 4-3) starter T.J. Hose went five innings, allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts and fell to 4-4. Josh Ruhlman faced two batters in the fifth, recording a ground out and fly out before Mike Flye came in to finish the inning. Flye went 3 1/3 innings giving up one run on one hit with three walks and one punchout.
Rice (24-10, 6-1) took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth on Jordan Dodson's fielder's choice that scored Brian Friday. Friday roped a one-out double to left center then moved over to third on Diego Seastrunk's single to right, setting up the games first run.
The Owls pushed their lead to three, 3-0, on Derek Myers sac fly to right field that scored Aaron Luna. Luna drove in the first run of the frame with a double to left center that scored Joe Savery.
Jared Gayhart drove in the Owls fourth run of the night in the seventh on a foul fly out down the left field line that scored Dodson putting the score at 4-0.
ECU and Rice will meet in game two of the three-game series Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.