Pirates Strike Gold Again Beating Marshall 10-9
April 22, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Ryan Tousley's two-run double to left field gave East Carolina its second consecutive come from behind win as the Pirates defeated Marshall 10-9 Saturday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Trailing 9-7 with two-outs in the ninth, the Pirates (27-14, 6-5) got four consecutive hits from Dale Mollenhauer, Brandon Henderson, Stephen Batts and Tousley to claim its sixth Conference USA win of the season. Batts supplied the game-tying run with a single to left that scored Mollenhauer.
Kevin Rhodes picked up his third win of the season after facing just one batter in the top of the ninth. Dustin Sasser worked 6 2/3 innings for the Pirates allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits while striking out three and walking one. Josh Dowdy and Shane Mathews both made relief appearances pitching a total of two innings and giving up six runs before Rhodes closed the game.
Three Pirate batters collected multiple hits on the night with Harrison Eldridge and Henderson each getting three and Batts collected two which included his first collegiate home run. Henderson was perfect from the plate again going 3-for-3 with a walk and hit by pitch and has now reached base in ten consecutive plate appearances. Freshman Ryan Wood extended his hit streak to 15 games the longest in two years with his solo home run in the bottom of the fourth.
Marshall (16-19, 4-10) reliever Nick Wolle suffered his second consecutive loss to the Pirates in as many days pitching 1 1/3 inning, allowing four runs on seven hits with a pair of strike outs. Brian Chrisman, the Herd starter, went six innings giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits while striking out three and walking five. Brian Knipplemeyer, Andrew Blain and Brendon Bump worked a combined 1 1/3 innings of relief allowing two runs on two hits.
Chris Monaco led the Herd at the plate going 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Brit Vincent collected three hits, two of which were doubles, while Adam Frederick and Rich Russell each collected two hits and a home run.
After a five and half hour rain delay, Marshall wasted little time in getting on the board as they scored the games first run in the top of the first when Monaco scored on a Russell ground out to second making the game 1-0.
Stieger put the Herd up 2-0 when he scored in the top of the fourth after Brendan Murphy grounded into a double play.
Wood mashed his second home of the series, a solo shot to right-center to pull the Pirates within one, 2-1.
Aaron Levinson plated Marshall's third run of the game in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice bunt that scored Vincent from third. Vincent lead the inning off with a double to lefty field and advanced to third on Adam Ptacek's sacrifice bunt.
Mollenhauer's sacrifice fly to left field scored Jay Mattox in the bottom of the sixth to pull ECU within one. Wood tied the game at three when he crossed home during Henderson stolen base attempt of second.
Batts put the Pirates up 4-3 after he belted a solo shot to right-center to lead off the bottom of the seventh.
Frederick's two-run blast to right field highlighted a four-run eighth inning for Marshall giving them a 7-4 lead. Vincent's infield single scored Roddy Stieger from third and Brent Mason scored from second on a Pirate throwing error.
The Pirates plated three runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at seven. The inning was highlighted by Adam Hodges pinch-hit single to right-center that drove in Henderson and Batts just before Mattox's RBI double to right-center scored Chris Buss for the final run of the frame.
Russell's two-run shot over the left field wall off Mathews put Marshall up 9-7 in the top of the ninth.
The Pirates and Herd will wrap-up the three-game series Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m.