May 9, 2007
GREENVILLE, N.C. - No. 4 North Carolina used seven pitchers to record 17 strikeouts as the Tarheels defeated No. 30 East Carolina 5-1 in front of the second largest crowd in school history (5,076 fans) Wednesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Matt Danford improved to 4-0 after working 3 1/3 innings in his first start of the 2007 season. He allowed one run on two hits, walked two and struck out five before giving way to Rob Catapano in the fourth. Catapano faced one batter before being lifted for Tim Federowicz (2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks). Also seeing action out of the Tarheels (39-10) pen was Matt Cox ( 1/3 IP), Rob Wooten (2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 K), Andrew Carignan (1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) and Alex White (1 IP, 2 K).
Jeff Ostrander suffered his first loss of the season for the Pirates (32-17) falling to 2-1. He gave up five runs on five hits, with three walks and two strikeouts. Bailey Daniels relieved Ostrander in the fifth and worked 2 1/3 innings surrendering one hit with two strikeouts. Jason Neitz (1 IP) and Shane Mathews (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) also saw action on the rubber.
Federowicz hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field, that gave UNC an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Freshman Dustin Ackley singled up the middle with two outs, touching home on Federowicz blast.
Chad Flack put the Tarheels up 3-0 with a solo shot to left field to lead off the second inning.
ECU plated its first run of the game in the fourth cutting into the Tarheel lead, 3-1. Ryan Tousley extended his hitting streak to six games with a lead off double down the right field line and scored on Jake Dean's single to right.
Reid Fronk pushed the UNC lead to four, 5-1, with a two-run shot to right field in the fifth frame. With two outs, Kyle Seager singled through the right side then crossed home on Fronk's seventh home run of the year.
Offensively the Pirates collected eight hits, one more than UNC, but left ten runners on base. Harrison Eldridge pounded out two hits, while Ryan Wood, Stephen Batts, Drew Schieber, Jamie Ray, Dean and Tousley each had one. Batts extended his current hitting streak to 15 games when he led off the eighth with a single.
The Pirates will be back in action this Friday night when they host UCF in a three-game Conference USA series. Junior T.J. Hose will take the hill for ECU with a first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. (EDT).