Brad Mincey picked up his first win of the season as a starter working six strong innings while Jamie Ray collected three hits and drove in three runs in East Carolina's 9-3 win over Campbell Wednesday night at Taylor Field.
Mincey allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits with four strikeouts and one walking and improved to 3-0 on the season for the Pirates (29-13). Seth Simmons picked up his first career save working three innings of scoreless relief and set a new career-high with five strikeouts.
Wesley Edwards dropped to 1-3 on the season for the Camels (17-25) after working one inning of relief where he allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits with one walk. Starter Hunter Ford went two innings in his third start of the season allowing one run on one hit. Cody Raisch made his eighth appearance of the season in the third frame going two innings allowing one run on three hits with one walk and one punch out. Josh Fish (1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 K), Jeff Hoffman (1.1 IP, 2 R) and Ryan Hamme (1.0 IP) closed the game.
ECU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Brandon Henderson's RBI single to right-center that scored Ryan Wood from second. Wood reached on an error then took second when Stephen Batts drew a free pass before Henderson stepped to the dish.
Corey Kemp drove in his team-leading 47th run pushing the Pirates lead to 2-0 in the third inning. Wood singled to left field then moved to second on a Raisch balk before scoring the second run of the game for ECU on Kemp's single to left field.
Ryan Hamme's sac fly to center put the Camels on the board cutting the Pirates lead to one, 2-1. Zach Johnson led off the frame with a double down the right field line then took third when Graham Fronk grounded out to first.
Campbell tied the game at two in the bottom of the fourth on Mike Causey's ground out to second that scored Brandon Scott from third. Scott led off the inning with a double down the left field line then advanced to third on a Mincey wild pitch before touching home.
ECU pushed across three runs in the fifth inning breaking a two all tie and taking a 5-2 lead. Batts and Kemp led off the inning with back-to-back singles and each advanced 90 feet on an Edwards balk. Batts crossed home on an Edwards wild pitch while Kemp moved to third. Jamie Ray drove home Kemp with a single to left then stole second and took third on a throwing error by the catcher, Stephen Parson. Kyle Roller drove in the final run of the frame when he grounded out to second.
The Pirates extended their lead to 7-2 in the seventh. Ray singled home Kemp for his second RBI of the game and Henderson scored on a Fish wild pitch.
Bryan Braswell drove in Campbell's third run of the game in the seventh with a sac fly to center field that scored Brian Gana from third. Gana laced the Camels third double of the game to lead of the inning then took third on a Simmons passed ball.
The Pirates pushed two more runs across in the ninth to take a 9-3 lead.
ECU will be back in action Friday night when they play host to Presbyterian College with a 7 p.m. first pitch scheduled. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a free "Walk the Plank" cooler.
Brad Mincey made his first collegiate start working six innings allowing three runs on six hits with four punch outs.
Stephen Batts extended his current hitting streak to 11 games with a single to left field in the fifth inning.
Corey Kemp picked up his 29th career multi-hit game with an infield single in the fifth inning. He finished the game going 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Ryan Wood scored a pair of runs to up his team-leading total to 51, which also leads Conference USA.
Harrison Eldridge swiped his 24th base of the season in the fourth inning.
Brandon Henderson was 3-for-4 on the night and recorded his 37th career multi-hit game with his double in the seventh.
Jamie Ray collected two hits on the night, his 34th career multi-hit game, and also drove in three runs for the 12th time in his career.
The Pirates collected 12 hits on the night marking the 28th time this season they have reached the double-digit plateau. When recording 10 or more hits, the Pirates are 23-5.