Williams to the rescue as Bucs
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Regular Saturday ace Ryan Williams came to the rescue
for East Carolina Wednesday evening, hurling 4 1/3 perfect innings and
giving the Pirates a chance to complete an 11-4 comeback victory over Elon
at Latham Park.
Junior first baseman Chase McDonald belted a pair of
home runs and senior third baseman/outfielder Jay Cannon and senior second
baseman Bryan Bass also knocked round-trippers as ECU overcame a 4-2 deficit
to snap a six-game losing streak.
The Pirates improved to 12-14 with the victory, while
Elon fell to 14-11.
Sophomore leftfielder Blaine Bower had three-run homer
in the bottom of the second that gave the Phoenix a 4-2 lead that lasted
until Cannon pulled ECU even with a two-run blast in the fifth.
With the score knotted, Williams, a junior righthander,
took over the Pirate pitching chores from freshman lefthander Nick Durazo
with two outs in the fifth and a runner on third.
Williams proceeded to retire the next 13 batters while
the Pirates scored three runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and three
more in the ninth to nail down the badly needed triumph.
Junior pinch-hitter/third baseman Zach Houchins helped
ECU's cause by going 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs, including a two-run double in the
sixth that gave the Pirates the lead for good.
ECU will try to get a winning streak going when it
hosts North Carolina Central on Friday at 6 p.m.