Dustin Harrington’s bases loaded single to right field in the bottom of the 10th inning gave No. 23 East Carolina a 4-3 win over The Citadel Wednesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the scored tied at three heading into the bottom half of the tenth, Brandon Henderson picked up his third hit of the night by singling to left field. Kyle Roller followed with a double to left-center just before Jamie Ray received a free pass fill the bases for Harrington.
Seth Simmons, who entered the tenth with runners on second an third and no outs, fanned Matt Reifsnider and Bryan Altman before getting Kyle Jordan to fly out to right field to end the inning. Simmons improved to 2-0 on the season after working the 10th walking one and striking out two. Britton Cole made his first collegiate start for the Pirates (27-10) working 1 1/3 innings allowing one run on four hits with a walk before giving way to Daniel Holder in the second. Holder went 3 2/3 innings surrendering two runs on three hits with four strikeouts. Josh Ruhlman tied his career-high by working four innings and also tied a career-high in strikeouts with four and allowed three hits.
Reifdsnider dropped to 3-2 for the Bulldogs (22-15) after giving up the winning run. He worked one inning of relief, walked four and gave up one hit. McGuiness worked five strong innings allowing one run on four hits with one walk and one strikeout. Raymond Copenhaver relieved McGuiness in the fifth going two innings where he allowed two runs on two hits. Chris Boyce bridged the gap between Copenhaver and Reifdsnider pitching the eighth.
The Citadel wasted little time in getting on the board plating a run in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. Chris Swauger singled up the middle to start the game then went to third when Matt Arnold reached on a fielding error. Sonny Meade drove in his 29th run of the year on a sac fly to center that scored Swauger.
ECU knotted the game at one in the second when Ray singled home Corey Kemp from second. Kemp, who extended his current hitting streak to a personal-best 14 games, led off the inning with a double to right-center.
Reifsnider gave The Citadel a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning on a two-run homer to left field. With two outs Richard Jones singled up the middle before touching home on Reifsnider’s third home run of the season.
ECU tied the game at three in the bottom of the sixth inning. Stephen Batts led of the frame with a single through the right side then stole second and advanced to third on an error before coming home on a failed pick off attempt by Copenhaver. Kemp, who reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third when Kyle Roller walked, would score when Harrington grounded out to third for the second out of the inning.
ECU will hit the road this weekend when they travel to Houston, Texas to take on No. 7 Rice in a pivotal three-game Conference USA series.
· Britton Cole started his first collegiate game on the hill. It was his third appearance of the season, with the others coming against Campbell.
· Freshman Cameron Freeman made his first collegiate start at the hot corner going 0-for-2 at the plate.
· Jamie Ray was 1-for-4 and extended his current hitting streak to seven games with his single in the second.
· Corey Kemp extended his current hitting streak to 14 games with his double in the second inning and finished the night going 1-for-5 with two runs scored.
· Harrison Eldridge moved into fifth place on ECU’s all-time stolen bases list when he swiped third base in the third. He now has 54 career stolen bases.
· Stephen Batts recorded his 49th career multi-hit game after going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
· Brandon Henderson was 3-for-4 and scored the game winning run. He collected his 34th multi-hit game of his career with his infield single in the eighth.