Pirates Complete Sweep Of Hornets, 6-1
May 15, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Chase McDonald blasted his third home run of the season and drove in a career-best five RBI as East Carolina (34-17) completed a three-game non-conference sweep of Delaware State (24-27) 6-1 Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The freshman designated hitter took a first pitch offering from Zach Adkins over the left field wall giving the Pirates an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Corey Thompson drew a one-out walk and Trent Whitehead recorded the first of three hits on the day to left field setting up McDonald's round tripper.
Kevin Brandt picked up his sixth win of the season working five scoreless frames where he allowed just two hits with one walk and four strikeouts facing one over the minimum. Joseph Hughes made his 14th appearance of the year in relief tossing a scoreless sixth with a strikeout before true freshman Drew Reynolds took the hill for the second time this season. Reynolds allowed one run on three hits in one-third of a frame. Shawn Armstrong (1.2 IP, 3 Ks), Mike Anderson (0.1 IP, K) and Lance Honeycutt (0.2 IP, 2 Ks) closed out the final two frames.
Adkins suffered his first loss of the season allowing three runs (all earned) on three hits with a walk in two innings. The Hornets would use six more pitchers each tossing one inning to close out the game.
The Pirates added to their lead with a run in the third pushing the score to 4-0. Thompson reached on the second of his three walks in the game, took third on Whitehead's single to right center and scored on McDonald's ground out to short.
Two more runs in the fifth extended ECU's lead to 6-0. Mike Ussery started the inning by reaching after getting hit by a pitch and moved into scoring position on Philip Clark's sac bunt. With two outs, Whitehead capped his three-hit day with a RBI double that hit off first baseman Ryan Haas' glove and vaulted into center field scoring Ussery. After Whitehead stole third, he came around to score on McDonald's single to left to cap ECU's scoring on the afternoon.
Delaware State used three hits and a walk in the seventh to cut ECU's lead to five, 6-1. D.J. Miller singled through the right side, which was followed base hits from Cameron Cecil and Aaron Nardone loading the bases for Pete Broehl, who walked scoring Miller.
On the afternoon the Pirates recorded eight hits and pushed their weekly total to 65. The offense scored 46 runs and batted .411, while the pitching staff posted a 0.50 ERA allowing just two runs on 24 hits in 36.0 innings with 36 strikeouts.
The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday, May 17 in the home finale against former Colonial Athletic Association foe Old Dominion with a 6 p.m. (EDT) first pitch scheduled.