CONWAY, S.C. - East Carolina senior pitcher T.J. Hose tossed a four-hit, complete game shutout to lead the Pirates to a 9-0 victory over Columbia in an NCAA Conway Regional elimination game Saturday afternoon.
The Pirates (40-21) will face the loser of tonight's Alabama-Coastal Carolina game Sunday at 1 p.m. Columbia finished its season with an overall record of 22-30.
Hose (7-4) recorded his first career complete game shutout by retiring 17 batters in-a-row between the fourth and ninth innings. He nearly retired the final 18 batters of the game in order before issuing his only walk with two outs in the ninth. Hose struck out seven and allowed just two runners past second base.
Columbia starter Joe Scarlata (5-5) lasted 2.1 innings allowing six runs (all earned) on five hits with three walks before being lifted for Geoff Whitaker in the third. Whitaker lasted 1.2 innings allowing two runs on five hits with one walk and two strikeouts. John Baumann pitched 4.0 innings and allowed one run on three hits with two walks and four punch outs. Joey Mizzoni worked a scoreless ninth inning, retiring all three batters faced.
Jamie Ray hit his second home run of the Conway Regional in the first inning giving ECU an early 2-0 lead. Senior Harrison Eldridge, who became the school's all-time leader in games played (239), singled to left field on the games first pitch and rounded the bases on Ray's sixth homer of the year.
Corey Kemp's 17th home run of the season extended the Pirates lead to 6-0 in the third inning as he launched a three-run shot over the left field wall. Drew Schieber singled down the left field line to start then frame then took second on Eldridge's sac bunt. Ray plated Schieber with a RBI double down the left field line just before Stephen Batts drew a walk leading to Kemp's at-bat.
Dustin Harrington roped a two-RBI double down the left field line to push ECU's lead to 8-0 in the fifth inning. Brandon Henderson lead off the inning with an infield single which was followed by a Roller single to left field. After a failed pickoff moved the runners up 90-feet, Harrington picked up his 12th multi-RBI game of the season with his base knock.
Henderson drove the Pirates ninth run of the game with a double to left-center that scored Ray from second pushing the lead to 9-0. Ray walked to lead off the frame then stole his second base of the afternoon on Kemp's at-bat moving into scoring position.