GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina used a six-run fifth inning and an impressive three-hit performance by starting pitcher Josh Dowdy to collect its 13th consecutive win and sweep Memphis 11-1 Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium in seven innings.
With the win the Pirates move to 19-6 overall and 3-0 in Conference USA play and has the nations second longest active winning streak, while Memphis falls to 14-9 and 0-3 in league action.
Dowdy, a native of Raleigh, evened his record to 1-1 on the season after pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits with one strikeout. Shane Mathews saw action out of the pen working the final 1 2/3 innings.
Freshman Marc Ashley falls to 1-1 after lasting just four innings. He allowed eight runs on ten hits, with two walks and one strikeout. Chris South (1/3 IP, two hits and two runs), Neil Schenk (2/3 IP, two hits and one run) and Will Hudgens (one inning) was used in mop-up duty.
Offensively the Pirates pounded-out 14 hits with Harrison Eldridge, Dale Mollenhauer, Ryan Tousley, Drew Schieber and Ryan Wood each collecting two.
ECU wasted little time in putting runs on the board as they took an early 2-0 lead thanks to a two-run blast by Tousley on a 1-1 offering by Ashley to right field, which plated Mollenhauer.
Mollenhauer capped off a three-run fourth with a two-run shot to left field putting the Pirates up 5-0. Harrison Eldridge ripped a double to right-center scoring David Forbes, who doubled himself, to put ECU 3-0.
The Pirates used a six-run fifth inning to pad it lead to 11-0. Tousley got the inning going with a lead off single to right, then stole second and trotted home on Kemp’s single up the middle. Schieber, who had two hits on the afternoon, singled to left and Brandon Henderson RBI single to center put ECU up 7-0. Henderson advanced to second on Wood’s infield single scoring Kemp.
Eldridge kept the rally going with another single to left loading the bases for Mollenhauer, who walked, pushing home Henderson and adding to the Pirate lead. Stephen Batts’ two-RBI single to left capped the scoring at 11-0.
Memphis finally got on the board in the top of the sixth on Joey Lieberman’s sac fly that plated K.K. Chalmers.
ECU will be back in action on Wednesday to close out its 21-game home stand when they host in-state rival UNC Wilmington with a 7 p.m. first pitch expected.
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