Kyle Roller smacked his fourth home run in four games and T.J. Hose allowed one run over seven innings as East Carolina won its sixth straight game 6-1 over Savannah State Saturday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Hose picked up his fifth win of the season for the Pirates (27-12) after allowing one run (earned) on four hits with two walks and six punch-outs. Reliever Jason Neitz made his 21st appearance in the eighth retiring the side with two strikeouts and Bailey Daniels was perfect as well in the ninth.
Mark Sherrod dropped to 7-3 on the season after allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. Sherrod struck out one and walked nine before giving way to James Mock in the sixth. Mock allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings for the Tigers (26-19) with three walks and one strikeout.
For the second straight game, ECU wasted little time in getting on the board as they took and early 1-0 lead over the Tigers in the bottom of the first. Dale Mollenhauer scored the games first run when Kyle Roller drew a one-out bases loaded walk.
Roller, who was 1-for-2 with three walks, continued his hot hitting cranking a solo shot to right field, putting ECU up 2-0.
The Tigers answered ECU’s run with one of their own in the top of the sixth when Antonio Richmond hit a deep fly ball to left center that scored Timothy Waine to cut into the Pirates lead, 2-1. Waine roped a one-out triple to right-center setting up the scoring play.
ECU plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-1 lead. Stephen Batts drove in the first run with his single up the middle that scored Broc Sutton from third. Ryan Wood was credited with an RBI the hard way after being plunked in the head by a Mock fast ball with the bases loaded.
David Forbes extended the Pirates lead to 5-1 with a ground out RBI to second in the seventh that scored Jamie Ray. Sutton pushed the lead to five when he crossed home on a Mock wild pitch.
Offensively the Pirates collected eight hits with Mollenhauer leading the way with two. ECU drew 12 free passes in the contest, a season-high.
The two teams will play the final game of the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.