April 15, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Josh Dowdy picked up his first collegiate win and Jay Mattox knocked in a career-high five runs as the Pirates took game two of a three-game series against Albany Saturday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Dowdy tossed a career-high 6 1/3 innings, striking out a career-best nine batters while allowing just four hits in relief of Pirate starter Michael Hill. Hill, who was making his first collegiate start on the mound, lasted 2 1/3 innings, gave up three runs, walked three and fanned two. Mike Flye retired the final batter to preserve the win.
The Pirates (24-13) trailed through five frames before Jake Smith tied the game at three in the bottom of the fifth. Smith crossed the plate when Albany (8-19) second baseman Al Barbato was charged with a throwing error on Mattox's at-bat.
ECU broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh plating three runs, which was highlighted by Mattox's two-run triple for a 6-3 lead. Freshman Ryan Wood started the scoring on his RBI single to left field. Wood, who was 2-for-4 on the night, extended his hitting streak to eleven games.
John Naples dropped to 1-2 on the season after working two innings and allowing three runs on three hits in relief of starter Mark Suchowiecki, who tossed five innings giving up two runs on five hits. Giorgio Fuda lasted 1/3 of an inning for Albany as he gave up five runs on six hits.
Leo Corvino poked a two-out single to left field scoring Chris Wood and Rashad Barksdale in the top of the second for an early 2-0 lead.
Wood's single to left field plated another Great Danes run in the third inning scoring Tom Hill for a 3-0 advantage.
Mattox finally got the Pirates on the board with a one-out single up the middle that scored Smith. Brandon Henderson followed up Mattox on a fielder's choice that scored Witter to close the inning at 3-2.
The Pirates sealed the victory in the bottom of the eighth when they plated five runs to close the game at 11-3.
ECU and Albany will wrap-up the three-game series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. At the conclusion of the game all Pirate fans can obtain autographs from the players and coaches outside the Pirate bullpen.