GREENVILLE, N.C. - Senior Seth Maness was masterful in his Friday afternoon outing against Pepperdine tossing his first career complete game and tying a career-high with 11 strikeouts in East Carolina's 2-0 win over Pepperdine at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Pirates improve to 6-2 on the season, while the Waves fall to 4-5.
Maness (2-1) atoned for his last outing, which was against No. 10 Virginia, facing three over the minimum and at one point retired 18 hitters in a row from the third to the ninth when Chris Amezquita singled with two outs. In all he forced eight ground outs, seven fly outs, walked one and hit one in his third career complete game.
Aaron Gates (0-2) was tagged with the loss allowing two runs (both earned) on six hits with two strikeouts and six walks in seven innings of work. Michael Swanner pitched the eighth frame recording a strikeout and allowing a hit.
ECU jumped on the board in the second when Zach Wright, Tuesday's night's hero, scored on Mike Ussery's single through the right side, staking the Pirates to a 1-0 lead. Wright led off the frame with walk then took second on Chris Gosik's single to right before Ussery was able to take a 1-1 offering opposite field for his fifth RBI of the year.
In the fourth, Gosik stroked a first pitch fastball to left field for his first home run of the season and third of his career pushing the Pirates lead to 2-0. From that point on it was all Maness as he fanned nine over the next five frames including striking out the side in the seventh.
Offensively the Pirates logged seven hits on the day getting a pair from Gosik and Ussery, while Chase McDonald, John Wooten and Wright added base knocks.
The Pirates and Waves will conclude the three-game non-conference series Saturday, March 5 when they play a doubleheader starting a 2 p.m. (ET) due to potential inclement weather moving into the area on Sunday.
•Game Ball: Seth Maness for his complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts.
•Game Time: The game lasted just one hour and 45 minutes, which is the fastest ECU game since Apr. 24, 2005 when Ricky Brooks no-hit Memphis in one hour and 43 minutes ... It was also the sixth time since 2005 a Pirate game didn't reach the two hour mark.
•Head Coach Billy Godwin collected his 462nd career and 199th Pirate victory with the win ... He ranks third all-time at ECU and is one win shy of becoming the third ECU coach with 200 wins in a Pirates uniform (Gary Overton/427 and Keith LeClair/212).
•Seth Maness registered his 30th career win and moved into sole possession of third place on ECU's all-time wins list ... With his 11 punch outs he moved into sole possession of fifth place on the school's all-time strikeouts list (275) passing ECU Hall of Famer Bob Patterson (1978-82) ... His third career shutout moves him into a tie for eighth place all-time at ECU.
•The last Pirate complete game shutout was on May 31, 2008 when T.J. Hose topped Columbia in the Conway, S.C. Regional.