Junior LHP Reid Love
April 29, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Reid Love tossed his second complete game shutout of the season Tuesday night leading East Carolina to a 1-0 win and series sweep of North Carolina at Boshamer Stadium. The win marks the first time since 1994 that the Pirates (28-18) have claimed a series sweep of the Tar Heels (27-19).
Love (4-3) scattered five hits over nine innings of works striking out a career-best seven hitters without issuing a walk. The junior lefty fanned at least one batter in six of nine frames, including two in the second and one in the sixth through ninth innings. Love became the first Pirate pitcher in school history to toss a complete game shutout against the Tar Heels and he is the first ECU hurler with two shutouts in the same season since Seth Maness (2011).
ECU broke the scoreless tie in the top of the seventh when Charlie Yorgen singled home Garrett Brooks from second for a 1-0 advantage. Brooks, who was one of four Pirates with multiple hits, laced a single back up the middle off Taylore Cherry, which chased him from the game for reliever Trevor Kelley. Hunter Allen's sac bunt back to the mound pushed Brooks into scoring position before he sprinted home on Yorgen's base hit back up the middle and right of second base.
Cherry (0-2) suffered his second-straight loss against the Pirates allowing one run (earned) on eight hits with a pair of punch-outs in six innings. Kelley scattered three hits with three strikeouts and a walk in three innings of relief work.
ECU out-hit UNC on the night 11-5 with Luke Lowery leading the way with a three-hit performance, which tied his career-high in base knocks. Joining Brooks and Lowery with multiple hits were Zach Houchins and Yorgen, each posting a pair of singles.
The Pirates will be back in action this weekend when they play host to Conference USA member FIU for a three-game tilt, which begins Friday, May 2 at 6 p.m. (ET).