Pirates Complete Sweep Over Monmouth With 9-2 Win

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Stephen Batts continued his hot offensive production Sunday afternoon collecting four hits and driving in a pair in No. 27 East Carolina’s 9-2 series sweep over Monmouth at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

The senior left-fielder from Wilmington, N.C. finished the three-game tilt batting a team-best .643 with nine hits, three RBI, six runs scored and swiped three bases to pace the Pirates to a 3-0 start on the young season. As a whole, the Pirates batted .365, spayed 38 hits around the park and outscored the Hawks 27-7 in the series.

Sophomore Sthil Sowers picked up his first win of the season in a relief effort that saw him work 1 2/3 innings allowing three hits with one strikeout. Fellow classmate Mike Anderson got the nod on the hill making his first appearance since May 15, 2007. The right-hander from Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. worked 5 1/3 frames surrendering two runs (both earned) on six hits with four punch outs and two walks. In his second outing of the season, Bailey Daniels worked a scoreless eighth striking out all three batters faced. Rounding out the Pirates bullpen on the day was sophomore Joe O’Malley, who worked a perfect ninth with one strikeout.

Tim Ballard (0-1) suffered the loss for the Hawks after giving up six runs on five hits in a 1 2/3 innings. Starter John McDonald looked, who allowed just one base runner through three innings, was pulled after giving up a run in the fourth frame. He allowed just two hits with three strikeouts and two walks in his outing. Nick Vallillo tossed two innings of relief (five hits, two runs, walk) before passing the ball to Matt Goitz, who fanned the final batter of the eighth inning.

Monmouth jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Nick Pulsonetti’s sac fly to left field. Brett Holland left off the game with a single up the middle, which was followed by another single by Chris Collazo, this time to right field that put Holland on third.

The Pirates knotted the game at one in the fourth when senior Brandon Henderson singled through the left side plating Batts, who roped a one-out triple down the right field line.

Batts recorded his second hit of the game, a single to center, that gave pushed across Trent Ashcraft and gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead. Ashcraft reached on an error, then took second on Ryan Wood’s sac bunt before touching home on Batts’ shot to center.

With one out, the Hawks reeled off three consecutive hits to tie the game at two in the sixth frame. Tim McEndy reached on an infield single then took second when Ryan Terry followed with a single to right, setting up the tying run.

In the sixth the Pirates put up five runs, all with two outs, building a six run lead, 7-2 and never looked back. Kyle Roller reached on an infield single, took second on Drew Schieber’s bunt single before advancing 90 feet to third base on Dusting Harrington’s sac bunt. After Trent Whitehead loaded the bases with a free pass and Austin Homan struck out, Ashcraft singled to center scoring Roller and Schieber for a 4-2 ECU lead. With Whitehead sitting on third, Ashcraft stole second and came home with Whitehead on Wood’s RBI double to left field. Batts closed out the scoring with an RBI single that pushed across Wood.
ECU would tack on a run in the seventh and eighth innings to capture its third win of the season and complete the sweep of Monmouth, 9-2.

The Pirates will be back in action Thursday, Feb. 26 when they play host to No. 13 Oklahoma State. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. (ET).

Post-Game Notes:
• Head Coach Billy Godwin is off to his best start as the Pirates skipper (3-0). He picked up career win 380 and now has 118 wins at ECU, three shy of sixth place on ECU’s all-time coaching list.
• The Pirates improve to 11-1 all-time against Monmouth.
• After setting a career-high in hits on Friday (4), Stephen Batts tied his career-high with another four-hit performance on Sunday.
• As a team, the Pirates are batting .365 and have scored 27 runs and pounded out 38 hits through three games.
• The Pirates pitching staff allowed four earned runs all weekend while fanning 27 batters and walking just seven.
• Dustin Harrington, Brandon Henderson and Kyle Roller each extended their current hitting streaks to seven games, dating back to 2008.
• Stephen Batts (60 games), Kyle Roller (29) and Drew Schieber (25) each collected multiple hits on the afternoon, while Trent Ashcraft (3), Batts (31) and Ryan Wood (19) each drove in a pair of runs.

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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 3, 2009 at 12:38 PM
    Dave, you act worse than just someone who does talk trash about ECU, the Panthers, and NASCAR. You are so disrespectful that you were putting down a Volunteer Firefighter over in Bertie that is fighting for his life and that is so pathetic. How could you? None of us have to know you to tell how much of a cold-hearted negative talking ungodly punk that you are. I have not a single ounce of respect for someone like that, especially considering the fact that my granddaddy was a retired Fire Chief who put his life on the line. You always say things that bother not just me, but at least 90% of the population. With the way that you act, How about just GET OUT OF NC. You try to ruin everything for us and we all sick and tired of your behavior. WITN, it would be sorry if you do not post this comment because I have an important message to send this guy and he needs to know.
  • by Kyle Location: Washington on Mar 3, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    Dave, are you out of your mind dude? Are you kidding me? North Carolina and Florida is way better than California. I guess you must be talking about Northern California, cause the L.A. area and San Diego is so polluted. The Outer Banks, Morehead City, Wilmington, and all of Florida is way way better than the west coast. Been there once and will never go again, hate CA. By the way, the Omaha talk is going to turn into reality, so you will just have to be sitting miserable.
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Mar 3, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    Dave, I went on line to research the dirtiness of coastal beaches and could only come across the Clean Beaches Council, a non profit organization to rate beaches on their cleanliness. The top beaches on the west coast were...............well.......................hhhmmmmmmm...............looks like there wasn't one. The cleanest beaches were all on the east coast. What beach were you at on the west coast?
  • by Dave on Mar 3, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    Kyle I have been to the beaches in NC and must say they are quite dirty. The beaches in CA are MUCH nicer! BUT back to the original topic, the ECU baseball team has a long way to go before this Omaha talk can start.
  • by Kyle Location: Washington on Mar 3, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    Does my hometown tell you anything Dave? I live in Washington, which is NOT in Pitt County. Not only it's in BEAUFORT County, but it's the County Seat of Beaufort County, and I go to the beach (Hatteras, in DARE county) EVERY weekend during the summer. I am beginning to beleive that you must think Greenville and Pitt County is the only place in Eastern North Carolina you ever heard of. Washington has a waterfront and is 20 miles down Highway 264 East of Greenville, in case if you did not know. If I have to guess, you must have not ever been to the beach before, or at least the North Carolina beaches. If that is the truth, then you must be one weird character.
  • by Dave on Mar 2, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    WOW Kyle you really put me in my place with your scary words!! I bet you have never left Pitt County son.
  • by Kyle Location: Washington on Mar 2, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    Dave, according to your comment about slow talking rednecks, you must be jealous cause you are lacking lots of what Kasey Kahne has. You must not be as successful and can't deal with that. Do you have anything better to do other than just make dumb and senseless comments? You probably don't have any idea that most of the NASCAR drivers are raised outside of the South, some of them in such states as PA, Michigan, New York, and other yankee states? Did you forget that PA has Pocono Speedway, so apparently there are just as many northerners as southerners who watch NASCAR. I guess you would be too ignorant to know better. I guess you must be jealous because cousin Kasey has all those women going after him, and I am not talking about just the commercials. Oh by the way, you talking about a bunch of rednecks, PA is just as bad. Philly and Pittsburgh are two trashed up looking cities compared to Raleigh and Charlotte. The truth hurts, does it boy? Arrrggggghhhh!
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Mar 2, 2009 at 12:25 PM
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 2, 2009 at 11:53 AM
    Dave, if you get so bored, then stop posting comments up on the page, stop reading the sports section and its comments, and find something else to do, or somewhere else on the internet to go. Stay off and stop running your big mouth. How about WITN reduce Dave's posts to 40 characters or less so he won't be able to post anything negative or anything at all (same thing). Hey, pee dee, I bet Sonny Randle felt like a total loser after getting throttled by his former team in Charlottesville 61-10 hahaha! What a game. How funny was that to see Sonny Boy get embarrased? My dad and some of his friends were at that game.
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Mar 2, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    Dave, thank you for your interest in how ECU did in its early years. Unfortunately, we did not receive the name ECU until 1967 so everything before that falls under a different school name and is, sad to say, not a very good football tradition. But it was a teachers college so there were not many men at the school in the early years. Now in the late 60's as ECU, the football history was beginning to grow but was not the highlight of newspapers. However, in the 70's Pat Dye led us to our first win over UNC 38-17 and we then played against a former ECU coach, Sonny Randle, who left ECU to coach in the ACC with UVA. He said comparing the two programs was like comparing apples to oranges. So we beat them 61-10 and commenced to throw apples and oranges on the field. We later went on to play another former coach who was coaching DUKE and beat them 17-16. From there we moved into the 80's and started to perform better, being ranked #20 in 1983. Thank you for your interest in our school.

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