Brandon Henderson broke a one-all tie in the eighth inning with a 2-RBI double giving No. 30 East Carolina its first lead of the game. The Pirates would hold on for a 3-2 win over instate foe No. 26 UNC-Wilmington completing the series sweep.
With the game knotted at one, ECU (37-16) got consecutive walks from Ryan Wood, Stephen Batts and Corey Kemp to load the bases for Henderson’s at-bat. Henderson laced a shot to left field plating Wood and Batts.
Josh Ruhlman got the win for the Pirates after working 1.0 innings allowing a run and a walk to improve to 4-3 on the year. Freshman Seth Simmons picked up his second save after closing out the final 0.2 innings with a strikeout. ECU, who used eight pitchers on the night, struck out eight Seahawk batters while walking just three. Justin Bristow got the start on the bump working a scorless first frame. Senior T.J. Hose followed with a perfect second before Daniel Holder made his 13th appearance of the season in the third giving up a run on one hit with two punch-outs. Bailey Daniels (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1K), Brad Mincey (2.0 IP, 2 K) and Brett Butts (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) bridged the gap to Ruhlman.
Freshman Cameron Roth suffered his second loss of the season falling to 5-2 on the season for UNCW (39-12-1) after giving up two runs on one hit with a pair of walks. Starter Larry Salefsky fanned a career-high five batters in six innings, while allowing one run on six hits before turning the game over to Roth in the seventh. After the Pirates chased Roth, the Seahawks used three pitchers (Allen Flood, Bryan Booth and Stephen Harrold) to close out the eighth frame.
The Seahawks scored the first run of the game in the third on a RBI single by Alex Hill to center that scored Bobby Leeper from second. Leeper led off with a walk then moved to second when Jes Snyder grounded out to second.
Dustin Harrington extended his current hit streak to 11 games when he took a 1-1 fastball over the left field wall tying the game at one in the sixth inning.
The Seahawks closed the gap to 3-2 in the top of the ninth when Leeper reached on a fielding error that scored Jason Appel from third. Appel lead off with a walk then moved to second when Mark Carver was struck by a Ruhlman pitch. Nate Hall moved the runners into scoring position on his sac bunt just before ECU had a pitching change that saw Simmons strikeout Rhett Miller setting up Leeper’s at-bat.
The Pirates will hit the road for their final Conference USA series of the regular season when they travel to Memphis with a first pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (ET).
Attendence: 3,430 (24th largest crowd at Clark-LeClair Stadium).
The “Jungle” honored freshman Seth Manes as Pitcher-of-the-Year while the senior duo of Corey Kemp and Harrison Eldridge were named Offensive MVPs.
Corey Kemp recorded his 34th career multi-hit game with his single in the sixth.
Dustin Harrington hit his fourth home run of the season in the sixth to tie the game at one.
Brandon Henderson picked up his 23rd career multi-RBI game with his 2-RBI double in the eighth. His double was the 14th of the season which leads the club.
Ryan Wood touched home on Henderson’s double in the eighth marking the 63rd time he has scored a run.