Senior Zach Houchins
April 13, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. - East Carolina scored five runs in the top of the 12th inning claiming a 12-7 win over Old Dominion Sunday afternoon at the Bud Metheny Complex. With the win the Pirates improve to 21-15 overall and 9-6 in Conference USA action, while the Monarchs drop to 22-15 and 10-8.
With the score knotted at seven-all heading to the 12th innings, ECU plated five runs on five hits to take a 12-7 advantage. Ian Townsend's RBI single up the middle scored Drew Reynolds from second proving to be the game winning run, Townsend's fifth game winning hit this season. Charlie Yorgen and Luke Lowery each added two-RBI base hits accounting for the five runs.
Reynolds (2-0) picked up win tossing 3.1 scoreless innings of relief with one strikeout. Starter David Lucroy lasted just one inning allowing two runs on to hits with a pair of walks and a strikeout before turning the game over to Ryan Williams in the second inning. Williams had two solid innings on the mound until giving up four runs in the fifth. In all, he allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits in 3.1 innings. Brett Mabry worked 4.1 scoreless innings with three punch-outs.
Greg Tomchick (1-2) suffered the loss giving up four of ECU's five runs in the 12th, which came off three hits and two walks in 1.1 innings. ODU starter Victor Diaz gave up four runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings. The Monarchs also used five other hurlers in the contest, which combined to allow four runs on nine hits.
Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, ECU took its first lead of the series after putting up three runs, which was highlighted by Bryce Harman's fourth homer of the season - a two-run shot to right field. Townsend also had an RBI base hit in the frame that scored Zach Houchins.
But the lead was short-lived as ODU plated four runs in the bottom half of the inning taking a 7-4 lead. P.J. Higgins led off with a double and Josiah Burney followed with a two-run shot to right field. The Monarchs added two more runs on RBI doubles by Jordan Negrini and Josh Eldridge.
Houchins cut the Monarchs lead to two, 7-5, with his solo shot to left center in the eighth inning.
The Pirates then tied the game at seven-all in the ninth using a pair of hits and an ODU error. Yorgen reached on an error and Garrett Brooks followed with a double to put runners on second and third with no outs. Joshua Lovick's sacrifice fly plated Yorgen and Brooks scored on Dylan Brown's single, which sent the game into extra innings.
ODU threatened in the bottom of the 12th when Burney and Taylor Ostrich laced back-to-back singles. Negrini loaded the bases when he was hit by a Reynolds pitch, but that's all the Monarchs could muster as Reynolds recorded three quick outs to stave off the sweep.
Offensively, ECU had a season-high 22 hits with eight Pirates tallying multiple hits. Houchins had a season-high four hits and three runs to lead the club, followed by Brooks, Townsend and Yorgen who each had three base knocks.
For ODU, Burney and Negrini each knocked in two runs, while Burney, Higgins, Ostrich and Eldridge each had two hits on the day.
ECU will be back in action on Tuesday, April 15 when they travel to in-state foe UNC Wilmington. The Pirates will then continue the week hosting the same UNCW club on Wednesday (Apr. 16) followed by a three-game C-USA home series with Middle Tennessee (Apr. 17-19).