ECU Shuts Out Wake Forest, 9-0
May 12, 2011
ZEBULON, N.C. - Corey Thompson and Trent Whitehead each collected three hits, while Thompson drove in a game-high four runs as East Carolina (31-17) recorded its seventh shutout of the season blanking Wake Forest (20-27) 9-0 Wednesday night at Five County Stadium.
The Pirates wasted little time in getting on the board when Thompson laced a two-out single through the left side for an early 2-0 advantage in the second inning. Jack Reinheimer walked with two men down, took second on Mike Ussery's single to center and moved over to third on Philip Clark's walk loading the bases for Thompson, who recorded second hit of the night, plating Reinheimer and Ussery.
That's all the run support ECU's Zach Woods (2-2) would need as he tossed six shutout innings allowing four hits with two walks and four punch outs in his eighth start. Brad Mincey worked a perfect sixth frame with a strikeout, while Shawn Armstrong and Seth Simmons each fanned two batters in an inning of relief.
Zach White suffered the loss for Wake Forest falling to 2-5 on the year. The left-hander was touched for two runs (both earned) on five hits with four walks. The Deacons used eight more hurlers on the night trying to subdue the Pirate offense, which finished with 16 hits.
The big blow came in the fifth inning when ECU plated five runs on six consecutive hits extending its lead to 7-0. Ussery started things off with a bases loaded RBI single through the right side scoring John Wooten. Clark followed with a RBI single to left plating Ben Fultz, and then Thompson laced a double down the right field line pushing across Ussery and Clark. Whitehead capped the scoring with a RBI base hit to left that brought Thompson home for a seven-run lead.
ECU would score two more runs in the eighth for a 9-0 lead.
Joining Thompson and Whitehead with multiple hits on the night were Clark (two), Chase McDonald (two), Wright (two) and Ussery (two).
The Pirates will return to action Friday, May 13 when they welcome Delaware State for a three-game non-conference series. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. (EDT).