Beckley, WVa. – Chase McDonald belted his league-leading ninth home run and drove in four runs helping East Carolina (27-22, 11-8) to a 9-1 win over Marshall (18-30, 5-14) at Epling Stadium Friday afternoon. With the win, the Pirates picked up their sixth-straight win on the road and lead the weekend series 1-0.
McDonald’s fielder’s choice RBI in the third broke a one-all time giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead. Jack Reinheimer walked to start the inning and Drew Reynolds followed with a single to right field extending his hit streak to 13 games. Zach Houchins drew another walk to load the bases for McDonald, who sent a ground to short scoring Reinheimer.
Jeff Hoffman (6-5) picked up his second-straight league win working eight solid innings scattering seven hits and allowing one run (earned) with seven strikeouts. Jake Harris made his 22nd appearance retiring the side in order in the ninth.
Wayland Moore (2-3) suffered the loss allowing four runs (all earned) on seven hits with five walks and a strikeout in 5.1 innings. Kolin Stanley allowed a hit in the sixth before being lifted for Alex Thackston, who faced one batter recording an out. Chase Boster worked two innings of relief allowing four runs (all earned) on four hits with two walks. Left-hander Zachary Shockley faced two batters allowing a walk and recording one hit before Terrance Moore came in to close out the game.
ECU wasted little time in getting on the board scoring in the top of the first for a 1-0 advantage. Bryan Bass singled up the middle to start the frame and took second on Reinheimer’s ground out and third on Drew Reynolds fly ball to right field. Houchins extended his hit streak to nine games with a two-out RBI double to left center plating Bass.
Marshall knotted the game at one-all in the bottom of the second on Aaron Bossi’s RBI single. Eric Escobedo singled up the middle with one out, stole second and moved to third on Chase Vogelbach’s ground out to short. Bossi drove in his 12th run of the year with a base hit through the right side pushing across Escobedo.
Four hits in the top of the sixth led to two more runs as ECU extended its leads to 4-1. Luke Lowery and Jay Cannon reached on back-to-back infield bunt singles and Bass loaded the bases with a one-out single to shallow center. Reinheimer doubled down the right field line scoring Lowery and Cannon for a three-run lead.
McDonald’s three-run homer highlighted a four-run eighth for ECU, which extended the lead to 8-1. Houchins had a two-out RBI single, his second of the day scoring Reinheimer. McDonald cleared the bases when he stroked his 17th career homer over the wall in left center scoring three more runs for the Pirates.
ECU extended its lead to eight, 9-1, on Reynolds’ second hit of the contest in the ninth frame. Reinheimer doubled down the right field line with two outs and came around to score on Reynolds double to right center, his ninth-straight multi-hit game during his 13-game hit streak.
Six Pirates posted multiple hits and every starter collected at least one base knock during their 15-hit attack. Marshall mustered just seven hits on the day with Escobedo going 2-for-4.
The two teams will return to the diamond Saturday evening for game two of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET).