ECU Evens Series With 16-9 Win Over Jacksonville
Ten Pirates Collect At Least One Hit, Nine Drive In A Run
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. March 16, 2013 – Jack Reinheimer tied a career-high with five hits leading five Pirates with multiple hits as East Carolina cruised to a 16-9 victory over Jacksonville Saturday afternoon at John Sessions Stadium. With the win the Pirates snap their three-game loosing streak and even the series with the Dolphins at one game each.
The Pirates (10-8), who trailed 5-4 after four innings, scored three runs in the fifth to take a 7-5 lead and never looked back. With two outs, ECU strung together four-straight hits scoring all three runs. Jay Cannon singled through the left side, Zach Houchins followed with another single and Ben Fultz stepped in to pinch hit for Chris Gosik and doubled to right center clearing the bases. Luke Lowery followed with an RBI single through the left side plating Fultz for the final run of the stanza.
ECU continued to score at will in the sixth increasing its lead to nine, 14-5, after sending 12 hitters to the plate scoring seven runs on eight hits. All nine Pirates reached base in the frame with Reinheimer (single, fielder’s choice) and Nick Thompson (walk, double) reaching twice. Drew Reynolds drove in the first run with an RBI single, Dylan Brown followed with an RBI double, Cannon laced a two-RBI double, Houchins had an RBI single and Lowery blasted a two-run homer to left field his first collegiate round tripper.
Ryan Williams (4-0) picked the win working six full frames where he allowed six runs (all earned) on 13 hits with five strikeouts. The right-hander, who surrendered five of his six runs in the first three innings, had not allowed a run in the first five innings of his previous three starts. Nick Durazo gave up three runs (all earned) in an inning of relief, while Dylan Dickens (1.0 IP), Hayden White (0.1 IP) and Tyler Bolton (0.2 IP) combined to toss the final two scoreless frames.
Zach Gordon (1-4) took the loss in relief giving up four runs (all earned) on six hits with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Starter Josh Baker allowed three runs (all earned) on four hits in 2.1 frames. Drew Woods didn’t record an out and was touched for six runs (all earned) on five hits and Will Flor allowed a run in two-thirds of an inning. Corben Madden (1.1 IP) was perfect in relief before passing the ball to Jimmy Appleby, who gave up two runs (both earned) in two frames.
Justin Huxtable staked Jacksonville (6-13) to a 1-0 lead when he homered with one out in the first inning, his fourth of the year.
ECU scored four in the third to take its first lead of the series at 4-1. Reinheimer doubled to right center which was followed by Thompson’s walk. Chase McDonald singled home Reinheimer knotting the game at one. Thompson scored on a wild pitch and Houchins cleared the bases when he golfed a two-run homer to left field, his second as a Pirate.
The Dolphins responded with four in the bottom of the third retaking the lead at 5-4. Drew Luther singled home Zach Houck, Alex McRae followed with another RBI single pulling Jacksonville within one, 4-3. Scott Schaub’s sac fly to center scored Luther and Nate Ricci sent a soft single back up the middle pushing across McRae from second base.
Jacksonville scored a run in the sixth (Huxtable single) and two in the seventh (Ethan Loosen triple and Houck single) pulling within six, 14-8.
ECU countered with two more in the eighth on an RBI double by Bryan Bass and RBI single by Reinheimer, extending the lead back to eight at 16-8. The Dolphins capped the scoring on the day with another run in the bottom of the stanza coming off the bat of pinch hitter Braddock Rowe, a double down the left field line.
The two teams combined for 25 runs on 39 hits, while ECU’s 21 hits were the most since it posted a 28-hit day against Delaware State back on May 13, 2011. Joining Reinheimer with multiple hits on the day were Bass (two), Cannon (three), Houchins (three) and Lowery (three). Both Houchins and Lowery also drove in a game-high three runs.
ECU will look to take its third consecutive series of the season when it returns to the diamond on Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m. (ET).