Pirate Bats Wake Up In 6-3 Win Over UCF
April 8, 2006
ORLANDO, FLA. - Shane Mathews pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief and picked up his third win of the season as East Carolina won game two of a three-game series Saturday night over UCF 6-3 at Jay Bergman Field.
The Pirates (20-13, 3-5) got seven hits in the top of the seventh, six of them in a row, and plated five runs to take pick up their 20th win of the season and third in Conference USA play.
Jamie Ray started the Pirates scoring on a Dale Mollenhauer single to right field. Mollenhauer then crossed the plate on a Jake Smith single to left putting ECU ahead by two, 3-1. After back-to-back singles by Adam Witter and Ryan Wood loaded the bases, sophomore Harrison Eldridge drove the eventual go ahead runs on single to right-center putting ECU up four, 5-1. Jay Mattox's single up the middle plated the final run of the inning scoring Wood for a Pirate 6-1 lead.
Pirate starter Dustin Sasser worked five innings allowing just one run on six hits. Sasser got out of a tough first and third inning after striking out three of his career-tying seven batters with bases loaded. Mathews relieved Sasser in the sixth before giving way to Jason Neitz, who collected his first save of the season after throwing 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball.
Wood, who extended his hit streak to seven games, teamed up with Ray to collect three hits each, while Mollenhauer and Eldridge pounded out a pair.
Derek Abriola suffered his second loss of the season for UCF after relieving starter Mitch Herold in the bottom of the fifth. Herald lasted 4 2/3 innings giving up three hits and allowing one run. Abriola allowed three runs on four hits. The Golden Knights (20-14, 3-2) ended up using three more pitchers (Jeremy Thorne, Tyler Bunnell and Brett Bordwine) to close out the game.
UCF leadoff hitter Matt Ray collected a team-high two hits in the game, while seven other Golden Knights had base knocks.
The Pirates plated their first run of the weekend in the top of the fifth on Ray's single up the middle that scored Mattox from second for a 1-0 lead.
Steve Stopp tied the game at one with a single up the middle that scored Ryan Bono in the bottom half of the fifth inning.
UCF pulled within three, 6-3, in the bottom of the eighth before Neitz got freshman Kiko Vazquez to fly out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
ECU will be back on the diamond tomorrow afternoon to conclude the three-game series with UCF starting at 12 p.m. (EST).