Weekend warriors win again
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BECKLEY, WV — East Carolina manufactured a run in the
top of the ninth inning to edge host Marshall 4-3 on Sunday afternoon and
win its fifth straight series.
The Pirates improved to 28-23 overall and 12-9 in
Conference USA by taking the first and third games in the baseball series
with the Thundering Herd (19-31, 6-15 C-USA).
Philip Clark and Bryan Bass drew walks for ECU in the
ninth. A double steal put runners at second and third before Jack
Reinheimer's sacrifice fly brought Clark home with the go-ahead run.
Joseph Hughes made the lead stand up with one and
one-third innings of scoreless relief for the win in his first decision of
Hughes came in the game with a Marshall runner on
second and two down in the eighth. He defused the threat with a strikeout.
Hughes allowed one hit and fanned two.
Ryan Williams started for the Pirates and pitched into
the sixth inning. He scattered eight hits and was nicked for three runs, two
of which were earned. The right-handed transfer whiffed two and walked a
pair before Andy Smithmyer was summoned to the mound. Coach Billy Godwin
turned to Jake Harris after Smithmyer issued a walk and Harris responded
with two scoreless innings.
ECU chased Herd starter Mike Taylor with three runs in
the top of the second. A double by Zach Houchins pushed his hitting streak
to 11 games. A walk to Chase McDonald preceded an RBI double by Ben Fultz
for a 1-0 Pirates lead. Luke Lowery walked to load the bases. A walk to Jay
Cannon forced in a run for a 2-0 Pirates lead. A ground out by Bass brought
Marshall scored once in the third inning and used four
straight hits in the fifth to tie the score at 3.
The Pirates had just four hits. An 0-for-5 day for Drew
Reynolds ended his hitting streak at 14 games. Herd pitchers walked 10 and
all four of ECU's runs were earned.
A home series with Central Florida, which will close
the regular season for the Pirates, starts Thursday at 6 p.m.