May 9, 2011
East Carolina (30-17, 11-10) recorded its fourth Conference USA series win taking 2 of 3 games from Marshall over the weekend. The Pirates used a pair of impressive ninth inning rallies including erasing a six-run deficit in the series opener scoring five two-out runs. On Sunday, the Pirates scored three runs in the top half of the ninth for its 30th win of the season when Jonathan Holt crossed home on a suicide squeeze off the bat of Philip Clark.
The Pirates will play four games this week with the first coming at Five County Stadium (home of the Carolina Mudcats) in Zebulon, N.C. against Wake Forest before closing out its last home weekend series against Delaware State in non-conference action. Saturday's game against the Hornets has been designated as Senior Day and ECU will honor seven seniors (Mike Anderson, Austin Homan, Seth Maness, Brad Mincey, Seth Simmons, Trent Whitehead and Zach Woods) prior to the start of the game.
East Carolina Pirates (30-17, 11-10 C-USA)
National Ranking: Receiving Votes NCBWA and USA Today as of May 2, 2011
Current Streak: W-1
Last Week: 2-1
May 6 - Win at Marshall (9-8/ 10 inn.)
May 7 - Loss at Marshall (7-1)
May 8 - Win at Marshall (5-4)
Neutral site vs. Wake Forest (May 11 at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, N.C.)
Home vs. Delaware State (May 13-15)
Jonathan Holt, Freshman, OF
Holt batted 1.000 on the weekend recording a pair of pinch hit singles in both of ECU's come from behind wins on the road against Marshall ... Trailing 8-3 with two-out, the freshman from Clemmons, N.C. drove a bases loaded single up the middle scoring Zach Wright and Ben Fultz to keep ECU's six-run inning alive where the tied the game in the ninth and won in the 10th, 9-8 ... He followed that with another RBI base hit up the middle that scored Joshua Lovick from second base to tie the game at four in the ninth ... After stealing his first collegiate base, Holt moved to third on a wild pitch and scored the game winning run on a suicide squeeze off the bat of Philip Clark to complete ECU's second comeback of the weekend ... As a pinch hitter this season, Holt is 5-for-7 (.714) with four RBI ... Three of his five base hits have come during the Pirates last at-bat of a game with two of those coming with two outs to extend the frame ... On the season he is batting .345 (10-for-29) with eight RBI and five runs scored.
Shawn Armstrong, Sophomore, RHP
Armstrong picked up his third win of the season and the series clinching win at Marshall ... The right-hander worked four innings of shutout relief allowing one hit and striking out seven ... He entered the game in the sixth frame facing the heart of Marshall's lineup and recorded a pair of punch outs ... Armstrong followed that with a two more strikeouts in the seventh, one in the eighth and after ECU took its first lead of the game, fanned 2 of 3 batters faced to get the win ... In all he faced 13 batters retiring eight in a row before surrendering a two-out single to Kenny Socorro ... He then promptly retired the final four hitters for the win ... Armstrong owns a 3-1 record on the season in 13 appearances (5 starts) ... He has fanned 37, walked 17 and has allowed 19 runs (15 earned) on 29 hits in 33.0 innings for a 4.09 ERA.
During ECU's three-game weekend series at Marshall, the starting pitching allowed 14 runs (all earned) in 14.2 innings of work ... Mike Wright allowed six runs on nine hits in 4.0 innings in the series opener in the no-decision ... He struck out five batters for the eighth time in 12 starts and allowed two walks ... In his 12 starts, Wright has seven quality starts and has worked into the sixth inning six times ... Hw owns a 4-3 record with a 3.27 ERA, 57 strikeouts and has allowed 33 runs (27 earned) on 64 hits in 74.1 innings ... Kevin Brandt suffered his third-straight loss in league play against the Herd on Saturday ... The left-hander gave up four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and two walks in 5.2 innings ... On the season he is 5-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 15 games (eight starts) ... He has allowed 27 runs (20 earned) on 60 hits and has struck out 51 in 71.1 innings ... Senior Seth Maness made his second-straight start after sitting out a week with a sore forearm ... Working on a pitch count for the second consecutive week, Maness allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings ... He struck out three batters and inched closer to becoming ECU's all-time leader in strikeouts with 317 (Larry Crayton/330 from 1959-61) ... Currently Maness is tied for the NCAA active lead with 34 career wins and ranks fifth in strikeouts ... Fellow classmate Brad Mincey notched his 21st career win in the series opener against Marshall ... The right-hander worked two scoreless innings in relief allowing three hits with one strikeout and lowered his ERA to 0.90, which ranks second nationally ... In 24 appearances (one start) he has allowed 13 runs (five earned) on 48 hits with 35 strikeouts and 10 walks in 50.0 innings ... He owns a 5-2 record and recorded his lone save of the season against No. 15 Southern Miss on May 1 ... Freshman Drew Reynolds made his collegiate pitching debut over the weekend tossing one inning of work in the series opener where he allowed one run (earned), which was a home run by Rhett Stafford.
Offensively the Pirates averaged 11.0 hits on the weekend and scored 15 runs (5.0 pg) ... Their two come from behind wins marked the ninth and 10th times that they won a game during their final at-bats ... Trent Whitehead led the regular starters with a .417 (5-for-12) average on the weekend ... His two-out RBI single in the ninth through the left side Friday night plated Ben Fultz for the sixth run of the frame to send the game into extra innings ... He drew three walks and had a .533 on-base percentage which ranked second to Mike Ussery (5 BBs, .636 obp) ... Zach Wright smacked his 11th home run of the season in the 10th inning Friday night for the game-winning run ... Of his 11 round-trippers, three have given ECU the lead in its final at-bat (Memphis, UAB and Marshall) ... Fultz led the squad with five RBI collecting at least one in all three games of the league series ... He had a sac fly in the eighth that scored Chase McDonald and singled in the ninth pushing across Clark on Friday ... The freshman followed that by plating ECU's lone run Saturday on a sac fly scoring John Wooten ... During the series finale, he 2-for-3 with a RBI double in the sixth and RBI single in the eighth ... Junior Corey Thompson extended his current hit streak to 12 games after going 5-for-14 on the weekend reaching on an infield single to third in the eighth ... McDonald also collected five hits against Marshall and raised his batting average in league play to .339 (19-for-56), which ranks second on the team.
Head Coach Billy Godwin recorded his 486th career win and 223rd Pirate win against Marshall on Sunday, May 8 ... Currently he ranks second all-time in the win column at ECU trailing only Gary Overton (427).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Seven pitchers with at least 15.0 innings of work have an ERA of 2.59 or lower with three having a sub-1.65 ERA ... On a national scale, the Pirates are ninth in ERA (2.68) and are 11th in opposing batting average (.237) ... They have allowed 126 earned runs (13th fewest) ... ECU owns an 12-6 record in one-run games and 13 of its 17 losses have been run two runs or less ... In 30 home games the Pirates are averaging 2,967 fans per contest which ranks 16th in average attendance ... They also rank 20th nationally in overall attendance (89,012) ... Last week (May 3) ECU was 25 in the NCAA RPI rankings ... Currently they are ranked 30th by Boyd's World and 31st by Warren Nolan ... The Pirates starter's own a 3.02 ERA, while the bullpen boasts a 2.11 ERA allowing 55 runs (37 earned) in 157.2 innings ... ECU has recorded six come from behind wins when trailing after the eighth inning ... They have 10 wins during their last-at bats of a game with three walk-offs ... In league play the Pirates are 4-3 in series openers, 0-7 in game two's and 7-0 in series finales.