Reynolds, ECU take series from
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Multi-skilled Drew Reynolds picked up his second save
in two days, went 4-for-4 at the plate, had two RBIs and scored the decisive
run to help East Carolina claim a 4-3 Conference USA victory over Memphis
Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
While still in his designated hitter role, Reynolds
singled through the right side in the seventh, stole second and came home on
Chase McDonald's double to right center for the tiebreaker.
The junior righthander changed hats from designated
hitter to pitcher in the ninth and retired the Tigers on three straight
flyouts to preserve ECU's one-run margin and earn his 10th save of the
Reynolds also closed out the final inning on Saturday
as the Pirates pulled even in the series with
a 4-3 win. The Tigers
won Friday's opener 6-5.
The Pirates gained the advantage early with two runs in
the first and one in the second, but the Tigers scratched back with two of
their own in the third and one in the sixth.
Reynolds was in the mix in all of ECU's scores,
starting with an RBI single to right in the first-inning. The hit drove in
Bryan Bass, who had reached on a free pass, moved to second on a bunt single
by Jack Reinheimer and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Reinheimer went to second on the wild pitch, moved to
third on Reynolds' single and came home on Zach Houchins' fly to center.
In the second, Travis Watkins singled up the middle,
advanced to second on a single to center by Bass, reached third on a
fielder's choice grounder by Reinheimer and scored on a single to right by
Andy Smithmyer (2-1) got credit for the win with a
solid relief performance over 2 2/3 frames. The senior righthander gave up
one hit, struck out four and walked none before handing off the pitching
chores to Reynolds to start the ninth.
Heath Hatfield (2-2) took the loss for Memphis. The
senior righthanded reliever scattered six hits and gave up only one run over
5 1/3 innings — but it was the run that decided the outcome.
The triumph in the weekend set marked the third series
in a row in which ECU has prevailed against league foes.
The Pirates improved to 23-21 overall and 8-7 in the
conference, the first time all season they have topped the .500 mark in
Memphis fell to 26-19, 9-8 in the league.
The Pirates travel to Gardner-Webb on Tuesday for a 5
p.m. contest, then return home for a C-USA weekend series with Southern Miss
that gets underway at 6 p.m. on Friday.