Pirates Can't Finish Off Tigers, Fall 7-5

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - No. 30 East Carolina dropped its final game of the 2008 regular season Saturday afternoon to Memphis 7-5 at Nat Buring Stadium. With the loss ECU falls to 39-17 overall and 13-11 in Conference USA action. Memphis closes out the season 17-38 overall and 5-18 in league action.

K.K. Chalmers and Trey Wiedman each had two hits for the Tigers to lead the offense, while Wiedman had a team-best three RBI including a two-run home run.

Neil Schenk picked up his second win of the season and improved to 2-2 on the year coming out of the bull pen shutting down the Pirate offense by allowing one hit in 4.1 innings of work. Philip Utley lasted 4.2 innings giving up five runs on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts as the starter/

Brad Mincey suffered the loss for the Pirates in a relief role falling to 3-2 on the season after working 1.0 inning where he allowed three runs on four hits with one strikeout. ECU starter T.J. Hose went 3.0 innings allowing three runs on two hits with while walking and striking out four. Sthil Sowers made his fifth appearance out of the pen and 13th of the season working two inning allowing one run on two hits. Brett Butts (0.2 IP, 1 H) and Josh Ruhlman (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1BB, 1 K) closed out the game on the mound.

Kyle Roller gave ECU an early 1-0 lead in the second frame on consecutive hits by Jamie Ray, Drew Schieber and Roller all with two outs. Ray singled through the left side, then moved to third on Schieber's single up the middle then came home on Roller's single up the middle.

Wiedman gave Memphis its first lead of the weekend in the bottom of the second on a two-run home run to left-center scoring Brett Bowen, who led off the inning with a double off the right-center field wall.

Chalmers scored on a Hose wild pitch in the third inning giving Memphis a 3-advantage.

ECU scored two runs in the fourth to knot the game at three. Brandon Henderson smacked his ninth home run of the season and second of the series to left-center. Roller tied the game when he doubled to right-center plating Ray from second.

Back-to-back jacks in the fifth by Stephen Batts (10th) and Corey Kemp (15th) gave ECU a 5-3 lead.

Tyler Huelsing cut into the Pirates lead, 5-4, on a sac fly to left field that scored Chalmers from third. Chalmers led off with a double to right field then took third when Chad Zurcher grounded out to second.

Memphis took a 6-5 lead in the sixth inning thanks to three hits. Chris Newsom and Eric Farrell laced back-to-back doubles before Daniel Kaufmann singled home Newsom. Chalmers drove in the second run of the frame with a sac fly to right field plating Farrell.

Wiedman singled up the middle scoring Huelsing from third extending Memphis' lead to 7-5. Huelsing singled to right-center to start the frame then moved to third on a pair of ground outs before touching home on Wiedman's at-bat.

The Pirates will head to New Orleans, La. Saturday afternoon for the 2008 Entergy C-USA Baseball Championships.