Seth Maness stayed perfect on the season Friday night fanning eight batters and helping East Carolina (30-13) to a 6-1 win over Presbyterian College (12-28) in non-conference action at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win, Maness becomes the first freshman in school history to start a season 7-0.
Maness worked 6.1 innings allowing one run (unearned) on two hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. Josh Ruhlman made his 24th appearance of the season tossing 1.2 innings of hitless ball with two strikeouts. Brett Butts worked the ninth inning giving up one hit with one strikeout.
Joe Hammond went 5 1/3 innings giving up four runs on five hits with three walks and a strikeout falling to 1-4 on the season. Zach Snipes pitched the final 2.2 innings allowing two runs on five hits with three punch outs.
Presbyterian jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first. With two outs Casey Carlson and Jared Combs drew back-to-back walks before Jesse Harmon reached on a fielding error by Stephen Batts at third that scored Carlson.
Jamie Ray tied the game at one in the fourth with his sac fly to right field scoring Batts from third. Batts extended his current hitting streak to 12 games when he singled up the middle which was then followed by Corey Kemp’s single to left. Brandon Henderson moved the runners up 90 feet with a sac bunt down to third setting up Ray’s at-bat.
ECU took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Ryan Wood grounded out to third scoring Harrison Eldridge from third. Eldridge laced a one-out triple to center before touching home.
The Pirates pushed across three runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 5-1. Henderson walked with one out then moved to second on a Hammond wild pitch before coming home on Jamie Ray’s infield single. Kyle Roller moved Ray over to third on his second single of the game through the right side. Dustin Harrington loaded the bases with a bunt single. After Trent Whitehead struck out, Eldridge singled to right field plating Ray and Roller.
Batts smacked his sixth home run of the season in the seventh putting the Pirates up 6-1.
The Pirates and Blue Hose will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. with the second game starting approximately 45 minutes after the first.
· Seth Maness became the first freshman in school history to start 7-0 after picking up the win.
· Stephen Batts extended his current hitting streak to 12 games with his single up the middle in the fourth. He finished the game going 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored.
· Jamie Ray drove in two runs on the night marking the 13th multi-RBI game of his career. In his last three games he has driven in six runs.
· Kyle Roller collected his 20th career multi-hit game with his single through the right side in the sixth.
· Harrison Eldridge was 2-for-4 on the night with two RBI and one run scored. It was the 74th time in his career with at least two hits and 23rd time with at least two-RBI in a game.
· Corey Kemp collected two hits on the night for his 30th career multi-hit game.