Kyle Roller’s two home runs was not enough for No. 29 East Carolina as they fell to in-state foe Elon 4-2 Tuesday night in midweek action inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium in the final regular season home game for the Pirates.
Jesse Lewter improved to 4-3 on the year after tossing his first career complete game with a career-high six strikeouts for Elon (28-24). On the night he allowed just six hits and walked one, making two pitching mistakes, both home runs to Roller.
The Pirates (35-18) used seven pitchers on the night with starter Jeff Ostrander suffering the loss and falling to 2-2 on the season. He lasted just 1 1/3 inning where he gave up three runs (all earned) on two hits with one walk and one strikeout. Mike Anderson (2 H, 1 R) and Cody Leggett (1/3 IP, 2 BB) bridging the gap to Chris Powell, who worked a season-high 3 2/3 innings allowing just two hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Bailey Daniels (2/3 IP, 1 K) made his 20th appearance in the sixth inning getting Snyder to foul out and striking out Vasami leaving runners stranded on first and second. Jason Neitz worked 1 1/3 innings allowing one hit and Shane Mathews closed out the game striking out four and giving up one hit in 1 2/3 innings.
Elon jumped out to an early 4-0 lead behind Ryan Addison’s two-run triple in the first inning. Pat Irvine led off the frame with a walk then went to second on Drew Davis’ single to left field. After a Mike Melillo sac bunt advanced the runners to second and third, Addison second triple cleared the bases. Chase Austin plated the third run of the inning with a single up the middle. Adam Weaver go into the action with a single of his own through the left side advancing Austin to second. Jordy Snyder drew a two-out walk to load the bases and Austin trotted home when Chris Vasami walked to cap the scoring at 4-0.
Kyle Roller cut into the Phoenix lead drawing the Pirates within three, 4-1, when he smacked his eighth home run of the year and third in the last three games to right field.
Roller cranked his second homer of the night on the first pitch of the seventh inning to pull the Pirates within two, 4-2.
Offensively ECU could only muster six hits with Roller leading the way going 2-for-3 for his seventh multi-hit game. Stephen Batts extended his current hitting streak to 19 games, the fourth longest in school history with his single in the fourth. Jamie Ray’s hit streak reached a season-long five games in the second with a single to center.
The Pirates will hit the road for the final three games of the regular season this weekend when they travel to UAB. Junior T.J. Hose will take the mound for ECU on Thursday night with the first pitch scheduled for 8 p.m. (EDT).