May 13, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Adam Witter collected his first career two-home run game and Shane Mathews pitched seven shutout innings as the Pirates defeated UAB 13-1 Saturday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Senior Day.
Mathews improved to 5-2 on the season for ECU (31-20, 9-11) after allowing just four hits and striking outs a season-high eight batters. Seniors Kevin Rhodes and Carter Harrell each pitched one inning of relief to close out the game.
Jim Crew lasted 2 1/3 innings giving up four runs on three hits to fall to 6-3 on the year. UAB (18-33, 5-15) used four pitchers on the day in Crew, Lyle Northington (2.1 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs), Mitch Thorn (1.1 innings, 5 hits, 5 runs) and Kyle Robertson (2 innings, one hit).
Witter belted a pair of two-run home runs in consecutive innings and finished with four RBI's to pace the Pirates offensively. Jake Smith led the team with three hits, had two RBI and scored three runs. Harrison Eldridge, Brandon Henderson, Stephen Batts and Ryan Tousley also had multiple hits on the day each pounding out two a piece.
Ryne Lovdahl was the only Blazer to collect two hits going 2-for-4 with a double. Jacob Legg recorded the lone RBI finishing 1-for-2 from the plate.
For the third consecutive game the Pirates wasted no time in scoring when Dale Mollenhauer grounded out to second scoring Eldridge from third. Eldridge reached first after being hit by a pitch, then stole second and moved over to the hot corner on a wild pitch.
Smith knocked in a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to help extend ECU's lead to 4-0. Eldridge extended his hit streak to nine games with a single to left field. After Eldridge stole second, Mollehauer drew a walk setting up Smith's two-RBI double down the left field line. With the bases loaded and one out, Jay Mattox singled to left field scoring Smith.
Witter belted the first of two home runs on the day in the bottom of the fifth to highlight a four-run inning extending the Pirates lead to 8-0. Witter's two-run bomb to right-center plated Smith. Ryan Tousley picked up his 21st RBI of the season when he singled home Henderson and Eldridge picked up his second hit of the afternoon and first RBI with a single to right that scored Batts. For Tousley he extended his hit streak to ten games.
In the bottom of the sixth Witter and Tousley each blasted home runs to push the lead to 13-0. Witter cranked his second homer of the day and 12th of the season with a two-run shot to right field. Tousley's three-run shot to right field was his fourth of the season.
Donny Muth reached second base on a Pirate fielding error in the top of the ninth. Legg singled to right field plating Muth for the Blazers on run of the game.
The Pirates and Blazers will wrap-up the three-game series Sunday afternoon at noon.