Junior T.J. Hose scattered three hits over seven innings as the East Carolina Pirates took down No. 7 Cal State Fullerton 6-1 Friday afternoon inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
For the Pirates, it was their firs win over a top-10 team inside the friendly confines of Clark-LeClair Stadium since Mar. 6, 2005 when they defeated No. 7 Georgia 7-1 in the LeClair Classic.
Hose, who improved to 3-2 on the year and won his second straight start, allowed just one run (earned) while walking three and fanning six Titan batters. The Pirates (9-6) bullpen, once again shut down the opposition as Brett Butts and Shane Mathews each tossed one inning of relief striking out a pair of hitters.
Cal State’s Wes Roemer dropped to 3-3 on the year after working six innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on ten hits, punching out five and walking two. Michael Morrison relieved Roemer allowing one hit in two innings.
ECU jumped out on Cal State (12-6) early in the first inning when Harrison Eldridge doubled off of Roemer to start the frame. Eldridge advanced to third on a failed pick off and then scored on Brandon Henderson’s RBI groundout to short putting the Pirates up 1-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Pirates tacked on three more runs pushing its lead to 4-0 behind home runs from Ryan Tousley and Corey Kemp. Tousley led off the inning with a solo shot to right field, his second of the season. Sophomore Stephen Batts, who was 2-for-4 with a run scored, followed Tousley’s shot with a double to left and then trotted home when Kemp smacked his first home run in a Pirate uniform to left.
Chris Jones accounted for the Titans only run of the contest when he unloaded on a 1-1 pitch from Hose to left field pulling within three, 4-1.
The Pirates answered in the sixth with two more runs pushing the lead to 6-1. With one out in the frame, Jake Dean laced a singe to right-center and then moved to second when Ryan Wood drew a free pass. Eldridge collected his third hit of the day when he singled home Dean and then picked up his second stolen base of the night right before Roemer air mailed his pickoff throw to center, scoring Wood from third.
Offensively for ECU, four Pirates picked up multiple hits on the day. Along with Eldridge’s three hits and Batts two, Kemp and Dean also collected two hits a piece.
ECU and Cal State will meet in game two of the three game series Saturday afternoon when Jeff Kaplan and Dustin Sasser square off at 2 p.m. (EST).