HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Justin Bristow worked eight innings allowing three runs with seven strikeouts, while freshman Trent Whitehead drove in four runs as No. 24 East Carolina took the rubber match against No. 20 Southern Miss 11-3 at Pete Taylor Park Sunday afternoon.
Bristow improves to 5-1 on the season for the Pirates (21-9, 5-4) where he allowed 11 hits on the day. Seth Simmons worked the ninth allowing one hit with one strikeout to seal the win for ECU.
Southern Miss (20-10, 5-4) starter David Clark allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits in four innings of work before being relieved by Jonathan Johnston in the fourth frame. Johnston worked 1.2 innings allowing three runs on two hits with one walk and one strikeout. Houston Brown closed out the game going 3.1 innings allowing just two hits with three strikeouts.
Offensively the Pirates pounded out 14 hits with five players collecting multiple hits on the afternoon with Harrison Eldridge and Kyle Roller each recording three base knocks, while Stephen Batts, Corey Kemp and Whitehead each had two hits.
ECU jumped all over Clark in the first inning a took an early 5-0 lead on five hits. Harrison Eldridge lead off the game with a single to center which was followed by a Ryan Wood single to left and a Stephen Batts single to center field to load the bases for Corey Kemp, who drove in the first run when he reached on a fielder's choice. Kyle Roller roped a 2 RBI single through the right side and with one out Trent Whitehead blooped a single to left plating Kemp and Roller to cap the scoring.
Southern Miss pushed a pair of runs across in the second to cut into the Pirates lead, 5-2. After Kyle Maxie was hit by a Bristow pitch, Chris Matesich doubled to left-center plating Maxie for the Golden Eagles first run of the game. Bo Davis followed with an infield bunt single putting runners on first and third for James Ewing, who singled to left scoring Matesich.
Whitehead pushed the Pirates lead back to five, 7-2, with his third home run of the season, a two-run shot to right field. With one out in the third, Roller singled to right field and after stealing his third base of the season, trotted home on Whitehead's homer.
In the fifth inning, Kemp extended the Pirates lead to six, 8-2, with his second RBI of the game a single up the middle that scored Batts, who led of with a double to center.
The Pirates scored three more runs in the sixth making the score 11-2. Dustin Harrington reached on a fielding error by Ewing then took second on a Broc Sutton sac bunt and came home on Eldridge's third hit of the game, a single to right-center. Eldridge swiped his 21st base of the season to get into scoring position then moved to third on a wild pitch and trotted home on Kemp's RBI single through the left side. Roller drove in the final run of the inning on a two-out double down the left field line that scored Batts.
Dozier's fielder's choice in the bottom of the sixth scored Maxie to cut into the Pirates lead, 11-3. Maxie led off the frame with a single through the right side, moved to second on Matesich's infield single and third on Davis' single to left.
The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday, April 8 when they play host to ODU at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.