Ray's Single In 13th Lifts ECU Over N.C. State
April 12, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Jamie Ray's RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning gave East Carolina its second win over a top-12 team this season with a 2-1 victory over in-state rival N.C. State before a record-crowd of 5,041 at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Adam Witter drew a two-out walk in the 13th and advanced to second on an infield single by Ryan Wood, who extended his hit streak to nine games. Ray's lone hit of the game scored Stephen Batts, who pinch ran for Witter, plating the game-winning run.
Shane Mathews made his second relief appearance of the season for the Pirates (22-13) striking out two in one inning of relief, while improving to 4-2 on the season. Pirate starter T.J. Hose worked 8 2/3 innings allowing one run on six hits while fanning two. Junior Jason Neitz made his 13th appearance tossing a season-high 3 1/3 innings and striking out four.
Joey Cutler suffered his first loss of the season for N.C. State (27-10) after throwing 2 1/3 innings of relief and allowing one run. Starter Gib Hobson threw five innings allowing one run on three hits and striking out a pair. The Pack used a total of seven pitchers on the night.
Matt Camp and Aaron Bates each collected two hits to pace the Pack offensively.
Witter got the scoring going in the bottom of the fourth when he smacked his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot to right field, to give ECU a early 1-0 lead.
Bates tied the game at one in the top of the sixth with a single to center that scored Camp from second.
The Pirates loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eleventh but came away empty handed when Ray popped up to second and Mattox grounded out to third leaving all three runners on base.
The Pirates will be back in action this Friday, April 14 when they host Albany at 7 p.m.