ORLANDO, FLA. - Justin Bristow worked eight innings of scoreless ball and struck out a career-high eight batters en route to his fourth win of the season as East Carolina took game three of the Conference USA series against No. 19 UCF 10-1 at Jay Bergman Field Sunday afternoon.
Bristow was in cruise control from the beginning and allowed just seven hits and two walks over the eight innings and improved to 4-1 on the season for the Pirates (18-7, 3-3 C-USA). Seth Simmons relieved Bristow in the ninth allowing one run on two hits.
Mitch Herold dropped to 2-2 on the season for the Knights (22-6, 2-4 C-USA) after working 4 1/3 innings where he allowed six runs on three this with six walks and four strikeouts. Cody Allen (2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K), Matt Manning (1 IP, 2 K) and Paul Cinder (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R) closed out the game.
ECU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first frame when Corey Kemp reached on a fielder's choice that scored Ryan Wood. With one Wood drew a walk then moved to second on Herold's failed pickoff then landed on third on Stephen Batts single to right setting up the first run of the game.
UCF had a chance to tie the game at one in the bottom of the fourth frame on a pair of Pirate errors. Chadd Arnold reached on a fielding error by the second baseman Broc Sutton and after Ryan Richardson flew out to left, he stole second and took third on Kemp's throwing error but was left stranded when Bristow fanned Chris Duffy.
Kemp's two-RBI single highlighted a five-run fifth inning that pushed the Pirates lead to 6-0. Jamie Ray started the inning with a single through the left side then moved to second on Sutton's sac bunt. Harrison Eldridge, Wood and Batts drew consecutive walks to load the bases for Kemp's single that scored Eldridge and Wood. Kyle Roller followed with a single through the right side that scored Batts. Then Dustin Harrington drove in Kemp on an infield single that was misplayed mentally by Eric Kallstrom to cap the scoring.
Wood added to ECU's lead with a solo shot to left field, the eighth of the season making the score 7-0.
ECU put two more runs on the board in the seventh inning pushing its lead to nine, 9-0. Henderson started the inning with a single to right-center then moved to second when Roller was hit by an Allen pitch before coming home on Ray's single up middle.. Roller, who moved from first to third on Ray's at-bat, touched home on Sutton's sac fly to center.
Harrington drove in the Pirates final run of the game with a single in the ninth scoring Henderson from third.
Stephen Branca broke up the shutout with an infield single that scored Tim Russell from third with two outs.
The Pirates will return to action on Tuesday, April 1 when they play host to in-state rival N.C. State at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.