GREENVILLE, N.C. – Spence Angelis and Sly Edwards combined for four hits and drove in three runs, while Ryan Retz worked 7 2/3 innings pacing High Point (10-11) to a 4-2 midweek victory over East Carolina (11-10) Wednesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
A pair of run scoring doubles in the first inning of the bat of Angelis and Edwards staked the Panthers to a 3-0 lead and they never looked back. Willie Medina led off the game with a walk and two batters later Angelis plated the first run on a two-out double to right center. After Retz drew a two-out, Edwards cleared the bases with another two-base hit to right center.
Retz, who entered the night with a 1.42 ERA, improved to 2-1 on the season allowing both Pirate runs (earned) on six hits with four strikeouts. John Maloney notched his first save of the year tossing 1.1 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Nick Durazo (0-2) was touched for four runs (all earned) on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 5.1 innings, which was his second career start. Andy Smithmyer had a strong performance in relief for ECU working 3.1 scoreless frames punching out a pair of Panthers. Drew Reynolds made his ninth appearance on the mound fanning the lone batter he faced in the ninth inning.
Scott Glover’s pinch hit sac fly in the sixth inning extended High Point’s lead to 4-0. Angelis led off the stanza with a double down the left field line, which was followed by a Retz walk and an Edwards sac bunt putting runners on first and second with no outs. Glover entered the contest for Mike Miedzianowski and sent a 0-1 offering from Smithmyer to right field scoring Angelis easily from third.
Ben Fultz' two-run homer down the right field line in the seventh inning pulled the Pirates within two, 4-2. Jay Cannon extended his hit streak to 10 games when he singled up the middle with one out before coming around to score on Fultz’ sixth career round tripper.
Through the first five frames, Retz held the Pirates to just a pair of hits retiring 14 of 16 hitters. In the sixth he allowed a one-out single to Garrett Brooks, which was followed by a Bryan Bass walk. But Retz got out the potential jam getting Jack Reinheimer to ground into an inning ending double play. The Pirates managed just one more hit over the final two frames to end the night with six total base knocks.
ECU will hit the road for the second-straight weekend when it travels to Houston to open up Conference USA play. First game in the three-game series is scheduled for Friday, Mar. 22 at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
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