ECU Beats Pepperdine To Avoid Sweep

MALIBU, Calif. - Junior Seth Maness fanned a career-best 11 batters in seven innings of work, while Seth Simmons recorded his fourth save as No. 10 East Carolina topped Pepperdine 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. With the win, the Pirates improve to 8-6 overall and Pepperdine drops to 6-9.

Maness picked up his second win in a row after dropping his first two outings of the season. On the day, he allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and retired six of his first seven with three strike outs. From the fourth to seventh innings, Maness fanned eight batters to push his season total to 24 with just two walks. Simmons allowed two hits in two innings and pushed his career save total to 15 tying him for third place on the school’s all-time list with Shane Mathews (2004-07).

Matt Bywater was equally impressive on the day recording a season-high 10 strikeouts in eight innings of work where he allowed three runs on eight hits with one walk. Aaron Gates pitched the ninth giving up one hit and striking out one.

ECU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a two-run home run by Kyle Roller, the 42nd of his career. Dustin Harrington reached on an infield single to third to extend his current hit streak to 22 games, fourth-longest in school history, before crossing home on Roller’s blast to left field.

Pepperdine knotted the game at two in the bottom of the third inning thanks to a pair of singles. Miles Silverstein singled to short to start the inning and Harrison Kain reached on a fielder’s choice before Brian Humphries singled up the middle, advancing to second on the throw, scoring Silverstein. With runners on second and third, Joe Sever ground out to second pushing across the second run to tie the game a two.

The Pirates regained the lead in the fourth, 4-3, when Corey Thompson scored on a double-play ground out by Devin Harris. Thompson singled to center then took second on John Wooten’s single through the left side before landing on third when Austin Homan was hit by a Bywater pitch leading up to the run.

Offensively the Pirates pounded out a weekend-high nine hits with Roller, Thompson and Wooten collecting two each.

The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday, Mar. 16 when they play host to in-state foe Garnder-Webb. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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  • by PK on Mar 19, 2010 at 06:44 PM
    Good question Lion Slayer... and you know Dave is reading this. Perhaps his silence speaks volumes... Similar to the common cold, he'll poke his contaminant self up again somewhere else. Huh, "scholar"?
  • by Lion Slayer on Mar 19, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    If you feel hot blowing chances are our friend Dave is talking nonsense somewhere! By the way Dave...Penn State Proud how are those post grad plans working out for you?
  • by Billy Location: Winterville on Mar 17, 2010 at 06:35 PM
    TO DAVE: Why don't you get a life & go Post somewhere else.Maybe the NC State site fits your groove.You are so Negative towards ECU & Most everything else. Your Attitude in your posts seems to fit the real jerk you seem to be.This board was designed for friendy posts & Not all the Negative uneducated posts you & Crabcake,Flounder,Josephus Jr,Deadfish & All The Fishy Named Others post here.
  • by Stevey T. Location: ECU campus- Da Hill! on Mar 17, 2010 at 05:08 PM
    it's obvious why you won't respond here Dave. Owned. I'm also willing to bet that you are reading this. How does it feel to get completely worked over on a message board? You may assume a fetal position as it is the same as the hiding that you are now doing. I'd sure like to meet PK at a tail gate to buy her (?) a beer!
  • by PK on Mar 15, 2010 at 06:54 PM
    Dave: About my "big words", thanks, I do get rather verbose. I tend to write how I think, though let me assure you I don't consult a flippin' resource to post here. I was always most gifted academically in English, but knew early that it would be hard to pay bills with such. Now as to my handicaps, I'm an absolute functional idiot when it comes to tools, doing anything with my hands. I'd starve to death if I had to be surgeon, mechanic,or work in industry. See, I have flaws (many, as my husband could attest!) and also a modicum of humility. None of which I've ever witnessed from you here. Why so negative all the time? And what purpose does it serve? Not an m.o. that is enviable. Finally, why so mum all of a sudden about future plans after being so forthright previously? Please don't pretend that this is immaterial. Your entire persona here has been based upon the whole forced at ECU and stranded till graduation and future elsewhere far away from e.N.C. story line.
  • by Dave Location: The same place I was before on Mar 15, 2010 at 05:15 PM
    As for garbage, err, I mean college baseball, I didn't know that PSU had a team until 2003.
  • by Dave Location: A building with a wooden frame on Mar 15, 2010 at 04:41 PM
    PK, I sure hope that you are not trying to impress anybody on here with your big words. I guess that and have come in handy for you.
  • by PK on Mar 15, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    I'm not sold on Dave's political acumen either. But let me say this- it is a given that Dave's personality flaws will harm him politically in anything that he chooses to do post graduation. All work places have politics, and Dave will find out the hard way about how obstinate, condescending, and narcissistic (in a feeble attempt to mask low self-esteem) character traits play out with an employer. Dave, this does not take prophesying skills to figure out, and as I am not a prophet, again I ask you about your post-graduation plans. I wonder if something is awry? From western Pa. to a recent plan for So. California, to avoidance and silence now. Tell me, what happened and is it related to my second sentence? You'd never admit it, but you're easily read there English student.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 15, 2010 at 01:02 PM
    Dave says that he does not watch college baseball, but likes to bash ECU. He bashes ECU but can't take such a thing when someone mentions Penn State or Pittsburgh, sounds a bit hypocritical of a person to me to do such a thing. Dave needs to stick to politics, cause he must know a lot more when it comes to politics than about sports.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Mar 15, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    Maybe the "California Girls" were too distracting. ECU found a way to enjoy Spring Break.
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