Kemp's Long Ball Lifts Pirates Over Knights

Corey Kemp

May 13, 2007

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Corey Kemp's solo home run in the bottom of the eighth broke a seven-all tie and gave No. 30 East Carolina an 8-7 win over UCF in game two of the three game series Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

The Pirates (34-17, 12-7) and the Knights (24-8, 5-15) resumed the suspended game from Saturday at 11 a.m. this morning where ECU was up 7-1 in the top of the fifth.

Shane Mathews drew his record to 3-3 after working 1 2/3 innings of relief allowing one hits with two walk and one strikeout. Dustin Sasser, the starter on Saturday, went 4 1/3 innings before the game was halted due to rain. He gave up three runs on seven hits with one walk and four punch-outs. Mike Flye (1 IP, 2 H, 2 R) and Jason Neitz (2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB) also saw action out of the bull pen.

Justin Weiss suffered his first loss of the season falling to 4-1 after pitching 1 1/3 innings allowing one run on two hits. Kyle Sweat, the starter on Saturday, lasted three innings, gave up six runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Carmine Giardina (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R) and Brett Bordwine (2.2 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 2 K) were used in relief.

UCF jumped on the board early taking a 1-0 lead in the first on Tyson Auer's single to right that scored Dwayne Bailey. Bailey reached on a fielder's choice then stole second before coming home on Auer's 38th hit of the year.

ECU knotted the game at one in the bottom half of the inning when Stephen Batts reached on a fielding error that scored Ryan Wood from second. Wood singled through the left side with one out and moved into scoring position with his tenth stolen base of the year.

Kyle Roller and Drew Schieber hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead.

ECU extended its lead to five, 6-1, in the third frame on four hits. Wood recorded his second hit of the day with a single to left and moved to third on Stephen Batts' double to center. Jake Dean plated the first run on a sac fly to left that scored Wood and Jamie Ray followed with double to center scoring Batts. The final run of the inning came when Roller singled to center scoring Ray from second.

Wood picked up his fourth career three-hit game with a single through the left side that scored Harrison Eldridge and pushing the Pirates lead to 7-1 in the fourth inning.

When play resumed Sunday morning, UCF scored two runs cutting into the Pirate lead making the score 7-3. Bailey reached on a fielder's choice then moved to second on Auer's third hit of the game. Kiko Vazquez was plunked by a Flye pitch to load the bases for Ryan Richardson. After a wild pitch put the score 7-2, Richardson sac fly to left field in foul territory capped the scoring.

UCF tied the game at seven in the sixth inning after plating four runs on five hits. Kyle Mills ripped the first of four straight hits with his one-out double to left, which was then followed by a Chadd Hartman and Chris Duffy single right before Bailey's double to left that scored Hartman. Auer drove in the third run of the inning on a sac fly to right field that plated Duffy. The final run came when Bailey touched home on Richardson's infield single.

Offensively the Pirates has 12 hits with Wood leading way the three base knocks while Toulsey and Roller each had two. Batts extended his current hitting streak to 17-games which ties Ryan Norwood (2004) and Trevor Lawhorn (2004) for the fourth longest streak in school history.