April 14, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Jake Smith's two-out bases clearing double in the fourth inning put East Carolina ahead for good as the Pirates defeated Albany 16-5 Friday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Smith was one of six Pirates (23-13) to collect multiple hits going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, three RBI and two runs scored. Jamie Ray (3-for-5) and Jay Mattox (3-for-3) led the team in hits, while Adam Witter joined Smith with three RBI. Freshman Ryan Wood extended his current hit streak to ten games with a 2-for-6 performance from the plate. Mattox also swiped three bases on the night and now leads the team with 12.
Kevin Rhodes picked up his second win of the season after holding Albany (8-18) scoreless in 4 1/3 innings of relief pitching. Dustin Sasser got the start for the Pirates working 4 2/3 innings and allowing five runs on seven hits with three strike outs.
Steve Wyland and Sean Donovan each had two hits for Albany, while Tom Hill and Steve Sayre belted home runs.
Tony Kirbis fell to 2-2 on the season after giving up eight runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Alexander Beaulieu, Cory Warrings and Mathew Herrick combined to pitch the final 3 1/3 innings and allowing eight runs on ten hits.
Donovan plated the games first run in the top of the second with single to left field that scored Wyland to put Albany up 1-0.
In the bottom of the third, Witter's bloop single to right field put the Pirates up 2-1 scoring Harrison Eldridge and Smith.
Albany regained the lead in the fourth frame when Sayre belted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field, for a 3-2 lead.
ECU regained the lead, 6-3, for good in the bottom of the fourth on Smith's three-run double. Drew Schieber got the scoring going with his lone hit of the game that scored Ray from third.
Hill pulled the Great Danes within one, 6-5, in the top of the fifth with his team-leading six homer of the season to left field off Sasser.
ECU would blow the game wide open in the next three innings scoring two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and seven in eighth for a 16-5 final.
The two teams will continue the three-game series Saturday night at 6 p.m.