Freshman Kevin Brandt
April 22, 2009
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Freshman Kevin Brandt fanned a career-high 10 batters and extended his current scoreless streak to 20 2/3 innings as No. 24 East Carolina (30-12) picked up a 4-0 win over No. 1 North Carolina (32-11) Wednesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Brandt (6-1) worked a career-high 8 1/3 innings where he retired 21-of-23 batters from the last out in the first inning to the second out in the eighth including 11 in a row. In all he scattered five hits, walked one, plunked three and allowed just one hit through seven innings. Seth Maness entered the game with the bases loaded in the ninth and recorded the final two outs to earn his second save of the season.
Patrick Johnson (2-1), who fanned 11 and carried a no-hitter into the seventh against ECU on April 7, held the Pirates scoreless until the sixth when Ryan Wood took a 2-2 offering to left field for his seventh homer of the season and 28th of his career for a 1-0 lead.
ECU extended its lead to 4-0 thanks to three hits and a pair of walks in the seventh. Stephen Batts singled up the middle, stole second and took third on a wild throw by catcher Mark Fleury. After a walk to Harris, Drew Schieber singled to right driving in Batts and sending Johnson to the showers.
Nate Striz entered the game with a pair of Pirates on base and no outs and walked Harrington to load the bases for Jared Avchen, who blooped a two-run single to left for a four-run lead. Brian Moran relieved Striz and closed out the seventh and allowed just one hit in the eighth.
Carolina tried to rally in the top of the ninth loading the bases with one out. Kyle Seager singled, then Greenville native Ryan Graepel doubled off the wall in right center just before Mike Cavasinni was hit by a pitch. Maness entered the ninth striking out pinch hitter Brett Thomas and forcing pinch hitter Tarron Robinson to line out to Wood to end the game.
The crowd of 5,581 set a new Clark-LeClair Stadium record and is the largest to see a regular season college baseball game in the state of North Carolina.
ECU will return to the diamond Friday, April 24 when they play host to Southern Miss in Conference USA action. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. (EDT).