ECU Makes It Two In A Row At KLC

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Freshman Trent Whitehead drove in three runs including his first collegiate home run helping East Carolina to a 6-5 win over No. 15 Michigan Saturday night in game four of the Fifth Annual Keith LeClair Classic inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

With the game tied at five in the eighth inning, ECU's Corey Kemp drove in the winning run with a single to right field that scored Stephen Batts from second base. Batts led off the inning with a single through the left side, then moved to second on Jamie Ray's pinch-hit sac bunt.

Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Whitehead knotted the game at five with a two-run shot to right center that platted Dustin Harrington just in front of him. Harrington led off the inning with single to right before touching home.

Whitehead finished the game going 2-for-4 with one run scored to lead four Pirate (7-4) batters with two hits. Ryan Wood was 2-for-4 with two runs, Stephen Batts was 2-for-4 with one run and Dustin Harrington was 2-for-3 with two runs.

Josh Ruhlman evened his record to 1-1 on the season after throwing two innings of relief with three strikeouts. Starter T.J. Hose went 5 2/3 innings allowing four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and five walks, while Daniel Holder went 1 1/3 innings surrendering one run on two hits.

Michael Powers dropped to 1-3 on the year after working 1 2/3 innings where he allowed one run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout. Zach Putnam allowed five runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings with six punch outs before giving way to Eric Katzman who faced just one batter.

Michigan (4-5) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first when Putnam singled through the left side scoring Nate Recknagel from second. Recknagel reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second when Jason Christian got caught in a run down between second and third.

ECU knotted the game at one in the bottom of the frame when Stephen Batts doubled down the right field line that scored Ryan Wood. Wood singled through the left side with one out, then stole second and third base before touching home.

The Pirates tacked on another run in the second to take a 2-1 lead when freshman Trent Whitehead singled home Dustin Harrington.

Recknagel tied the game at two in the fifth on his sac fly that plated Christian from third. Christian led off with a walk then stole second and moved to third on Leif Mahler's sac bunt.

Wood regained the lead for the Pirates, 3-2, when he took a Putnam pitch over the right-center field wall for his third homer of the year.

Christian's two-out two RBI single to right put the Wolverines up 4-3 in the sixth. Adam Abraham led off with a double to right-center then advanced to third when Mike Dufek walked to load the bases setting up Christian's at-bat.

The Pirates will close out the Classic when they play host to Georgia Southern Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.


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