Diamond Bucs Make It Two In A Row Over Monmouth

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Junior Chris Heston scattered two hits over seven innings and struck out nine batters in his Pirate debut helping No. 27 East Carolina to a 5-1 win over Monmouth Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

With the win, the Pirates improve to 2-0 for the first time since the 2004 season when they opened the year 12-0, while Monmouth falls to 0-2.

After surrendering a leadoff single to Brett Holland, Heston found his rhythm quickly and retired the next 11 batters he faced until Nick Pulsonetti singled to left field to start the fifth frame. The Palm Bay, Fla. native faced 23 batters on the day and did not allow a walk before turning the game over to sophomore Brad Mincey, who worked a scoreless eighth giving up one walk. Fellow classmate Seth Simmons shutdown the Hawks in the ninth fanning two batters and walking one in his first outing on the mound for the Pirates.

Ryan Buch suffered the loss for Monmouth giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Nick McNamara tossed three innings of scoreless relief before being lifted by Jonathan Shippee in the seventh. Shippee lasted two-thirds of an inning giving up one run on two hits before Steve Sanguiliano pitched the final 1 1/3 innings.

The Pirates jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second thanks to Drew Schieber’s first home run since March 21 of 2008. Kyle Roller drew a one-out walk then touched home on Schieber’s shot to right field give ECU a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Trent Whitehead followed Schieber’s at-bat with a walk of his own and then came around to score Jared Avchen’s double down the left field line.

Brandon Henderson pushed the Pirates lead to 4-0 in the third with an RBI single to left that plated Stephen Batts, who reached base on a throwing error. After taking second on Sanguiliano’s error, Batts swiped his second base of the season taking third before crossing home.

Monmouth pulled within three, 4-1, in the fifth on Bobby Dombrowski’s RBI ground out to second that scored Pulsonetti.

Kyle Roller capped off the scoring in the seventh driving in his sixth run of the series with a single up the middle that scored Batts for a 5-1 lead.

The Pirates and Hawks will play the final game of the three-game series Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. (ET) first pitch scheduled. Sophomore Mike Anderson gets the nod for ECU and will make his first appearance since May 15, 2007.

Post-Game Notes:
• Attendance: 3,313
• With the win, ECU improves to 2-0 for the first time since the 2004 season when they started 12-0.
• Head Coach Billy Godwin picked up his 117th win as the Pirates skipper and 379th of his career.
• ECU improves to 10-1 all-time against Monmouth.
• In two games, the Pirates starting pitchers have combined to toss 14.0 innings of shutout ball with 15 strikeouts, no walks and allowed just seven hits. The Pirates bullpen has not surrendered a run in four innings of work allowing just one hit.
• Dustin Harrington, Brandon Henderson and Kyle Roller each extended their current hitting streaks to six games on the afternoon.
• Roller has driven in six runs on the season and is slugging a team-best 1.143,
• Jared Avchen led the team with three hits (3-for-4) with one RBI.
• Brandon Henderson recorded his 44th career multi-hit game after going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
• Dustin Harrington picked up his second two-hit game of the year (2-for-4) and has 25 for his career.
• Drew Schieber hit his ninth career home run in the third inning, a two-run shot to right field, for his 10th career multi-RBI game.

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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 23, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    In addition to what joepirate says, apparently UNC and N.C State is scared to go out west, cause they think it will mess up their precious little team's season, but ECU has gone out west and they have proven that they can beat teams from California. ECU has everything that you can ask for in a team that has the capability to not only go to Omaha, but to WIN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: excellent hitting throughout the entire lineup, excellent pitching, blazing speed in the outfield and around the bases, great playmakers in the field, lots of depth, and a mix of experienced seniors and the best sophomore class ever, I would say. I would be very disappointed if the pirates did not go to Omaha this year. Barry, as far as Dave, he likes the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have been around the bottom just about ever year.
  • by Barry Location: Greenville on Feb 22, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    sweeeep. We may have some pitching, we'll see later in year. Dave, please report back to your "friends" here how PSU fared the last time that they played the team you ridicule, Monmouth (hint: 2008). Or do you not like baseball? Then why comment at all? Or maybe you like Pitt in baseball? But you went to PSU? Which way is the wind blowin' here, Dave? Please report in from your mother-in-law's house, we await.
  • by joepirate Location: greenville on Feb 22, 2009 at 10:30 AM
    some morons dont realize that you cant play a top 25 team every single game. just like in basketball, the first games are against nobody's who are used for basically spring training games. ecu schedules tough out of conference games every year, and it is no different this year. they have traveled to the west coast in past years to play elite teams, and this year teams like oklahoma st. and ucla are traveling east to play ecu. some idiots just dont realize how college sports work.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 22, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    R-Truth, you are talking about a Monmouth team, out of New Jersey that has an All-American Pitcher who made it to the Amateur Draft, having the chance to go straight to the pros right out of high achool, and still got rocked by the pirate lineup. I would like for Earl to move his Tar Hole loving self up to the triangle, specifically. As for you Jim, glad to know ECU has you and many other supporters coming from the triangle area.
  • by Jim Location: Raleigh on Feb 22, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    If Earl wants coverage of his TarHoles he needs to move to the Triangle because that is ALL you hear about here. Also Monmouth plays in the Northeast Conference and were 37-16 last year and are picked to win the conference this year where as UNC powerful oppoment VMI is pick 4th in the Big South Conference. Just because you haven't heard of a team doesn't mean much. Watch WRAL in Raleigh and you will get all the TarHole homer news you want.
  • by R-Truth on Feb 21, 2009 at 09:33 PM
    Can somebody please tell me where Monmouth is located at? I'm sure that ECU is real proud to beat a team 99% of the country has never heard of.
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Feb 21, 2009 at 07:16 PM
    The number one baseball team in the nation, which happens to be from our state, also won its second game today - against a team someone has actually heard of. Just thought I'd mention it since WITN never does.
  • by What a Day Location: Greenville on Feb 21, 2009 at 06:20 PM
    Pirates win 2 x in 2 days and the Heels lose.....
  • by Dave on Feb 21, 2009 at 04:19 PM
    This ECU baseball team is way more talented than I thought. To beat an awesome squad like Monmouth twice in a row takes extraordinary skills.

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