Sophomore right-hander Adam Warren tossed a career-best seven innings of shutout ball as the No. 4 North Carolina Tarheels snapped No. 25 East Carolina’s seven-game winning streak Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium by the scored of 9-0.
Warren, who improved to 8-0 on the season, allowed three hits, walked two and struck out five. The three Pirate (28-13) hits tied a season-low in a start (Elon-3/13 and Duke-4/14) for Warren. Tyler Trice came on in the eighth to preserve the shutout pitching two innings of scoreless relief.
Freshman starter Mike Anderson (1-1) didn’t make it out of the second inning has he gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings of work before being replaced by Jeff Ostrander. Ostrander lasted two-thirds of an inning allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits with one punch-out. Jason Neitz (3.1 IP, one hit, two walks), Bailey Daniels (1.1 IP) and Josh Ruhlman (1.0 IP, one run) all saw action coming out of the bullpen.
Carolina (34-9) wasted little time in getting on the board as they scored five runs in the bottom of the second thanks to five consecutive hits and two Pirate errors to take a 5-0 lead. With one out, Chad Flack doubled down the left field line and then scored on Benji Johnson’s two-out single through the left side. Tim Fedroff followed with another single to right that plated Johnson before Reid Fronk singled again to right putting runners on first and second. Seth Williams drove in two runs on double to right-center and then advanced to third on a Harrison Eldridge fielding error scoring Fedroff and Fronk ahead of him. The final run of the frame came when Dustin Ackley singled up the middle scoring Williams.
The Tarheels continued to score at will in the third inning putting four more runs on the board taking a commanding 9-0 lead. Josh Horton led off with a single up the middle, moved over to third on Flack’s single to center then scored along with Flack and Johnson, who walked to load the bases, n Fedroff’s triple to right-center. After another Pirate pitching change, Williams reached on a Dale Mollenhauer throwing error and Fedroff trotted home to cap the scoring.
Bryan Steed added another run in the bottom of the eighth with his second pinch-hit home run of the season to left field pushing the score to 10-0.
ECU could only muster three hits on the night (Ryan Wood, Drew Schieber and Stephen Batts) while two other batters drew walks (Jamie Ray and Mollenhauer).
Offensively for the Tarheels they collected 12 hits with Williams, Flack and Fedroff each getting two. Fedroff also drove in a career-high four runs.
The Pirates will be back in action at home this weekend when they resume Conference USA play against Southern Miss with a first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. (EDT) Friday night.