April 21, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Jay Mattox's bases loaded infield single in the bottom of the ninth scored Brandon Henderson to give East Carolina a 10-9 come from behind win against Marshall Friday night in Conference USA play at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Henderson, who had the first Pirate five-hit game since Jaime Paige on May 9, 2004 against Saint Louis, singled in Drew Schieber to tie the game at nine with one out. Stephen Batts singled through the right side advancing Henderson to third to set up the winning run.
ECU (26-14, 5-5) hurler Jason Neitz recorded his second win of the season after tossing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief allowing just one hit and striking out two. Starter T.J. Hose had a rough outing as he lasted just 1 2/3 innings giving up seven runs on five hits. Scott Andrews and Chris Powell combined to pitch six innings of relief, while allowing two runs and striking out two.
Nick Wolle suffered the loss for Marshall (16-18, 4-9) and fell to 0-4 on the season. He allowed two runs on 2/3's of an inning. Jeremy Slone, the Herd starter gave up seven runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Henderson led the Pirates offensively going 5-for-5 from the plate with three RBI and two runs scored. Mattox had his first four-hit game as a Pirate finishing 4-for-6 with a pair of RBI and runs scored. Batts (3-for-5), Adam Witter (2-for-4) and Jake Dean (2-for-4) also collected multiple hits on the night.
For Marshall, Roddy Stieger, Brendan Murphy and Aaron Levinson each collected a pair of hits and scored at least one run, while senior Adam Ptacek drove in four runs.
The Herd plated eight runs in the top of the second which was highlighted by Ptacek's first career grand slam. Stieger got the inning started when he was hit by a Hose pitch, then moved to third on Murphy's single to left center. Stieger then scored the first run of the game on Brent Mason's single to left.
With two outs in the second, Marshall added three more to its lead putting the score at 8-0 at the end of the half inning.
Mattox's single to left in the bottom half of the third frame put ECU on the board scoring Batts, who led off the inning with a single to left and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Eldridge put runners on first and second with his walk before Mattox drove home Batts putting runners at second and third. Dale Mollenhauer's fielder's choice plated Eldridge and Witter's sacrifice fly scored Mattox to put the game at 8-3 in favor of Marshall after three full innings.
Wood put the Pirates within two, 8-6, with his three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth. With his third blast of the season, he extended his current hit streak to 14-games. Mattox recorded his second hit of the day to lead off the fifth and moved to third on Witter's single setting up Wood's at-bat.
Marshall scored another run increasing the lead to three, 9-6, in the top of the sixth on Frederick's sacrifice fly that scored Levinson.
The Pirates answered back in the bottom of the inning on Henderson's third home run of the season, a solo shot to right field that put the score at 9-7.
Henderson's fourth hit of the night plated Witter to draw the Pirates within one, 9-8.
The Pirates and Herd will resume the series Saturday afternoon with a 1 p.m. first pitch scheduled at Clark-LeClair Stadium.