ECU Caps Senior Day With 7-1 Victory
May 14, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Senior Seth Maness recorded his 35th career win and moved into a tie for first place on the school's all-time wins list after working six solid innings with three strikeouts in East Carolina's (33-17) 7-1 win over Delaware State (24-26) Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. Maness, along with classmates Mike Anderson, Austin Homan, Brad Mincey, Seth Simmons, Trent Whitehead and Zach Woods were all honored prior to the start of the game on Senior Day in front of 2,771 Pirate faithful.
Maness, who picked up his seventh win of the year, allowed one run on five hits and moved into sole possession of second place on the Pirates all-time strikeouts list with 320 passing Johnny Beck (1991-94). After taking his warm up tosses to start the seventh, head coach Billy Godwin strolled to the mound relieving Maness to a standing ovation as Mincey entered the contest. Mincey continued his dominance on the hill working 1.2 scoreless innings where he struck out three and allowed a hit lowering his nation leading ERA to 0.85. With one out in the eighth, Simmons took over working a perfect inning of relief recording three punch outs before freshman Austin Chrismon recorded a ground out to end the game.
Trailing 1-0 in the second, ECU pushed across a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead and never looked back. Freshman Jack Reinheimer plated the tying run on a bases loaded sac fly that scored Zach Wright and junior Mike Ussery gave the Pirates the lead with a seeing-eye single through the right plating John Wooten from second.
Ryan Haas gave Delaware State an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when he smacked a two-out home run to right field, his fifth of the season.
Philip Clark's third home run of the season extended ECU's lead to 4-1 in the fourth frame. Ussery led off with a single up the middle and took second on a passed ball before coming around to score on Clark's blast down the right field line.
Senior Austin Homan's RBI groundout to first scored Wright from third pushing the Pirates lead to 5-1 in the fifth stanza. Wright laced a leadoff triple to straight-away center field, his third career three-base hit before scoring.
ECU would score a pair of runs in the eighth thanks to a pair of Hornet errors padding its lead to 7-1. Reineheimer reached on a bunt single to start the inning then took second on Clark's ground out. Corey Thompson, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the sixth, walked and Trent Whitehead collected his second hit of the game, which scored Reinheimer thanks to an errant throw by Keith Hernandez. With Thompson on third, Whitehead stole second and Thompson came around to score on the second errant throw of the frame, this time by catcher Aaron Nardone.
Offensively, the Pirates recorded 13 hits with four players collecting multi-hit games (Clark, Whitehead, Wright and Ussery). In ECU's three games this week, the Pirates have scored 40 runs on 57 hits, while the pitching staff has allowed just one run in 27 innings with 25 punch outs.
The two teams will complete the three-game non-conference series on Sunday, May 15 with a 1 p.m. (EDT) first pitch scheduled.