High Point, Coastal, Liberty, VMI Win; Campbell-PC Split
HIGH POINT 7, WINTHROP 0 | BOX SCORE
Junior Jared Avidon pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the High Point University baseball team to a crucial Big South Conference win over Winthrop on Friday in Rock Hill, S.C. HPU beat the Eagles, 7-0, to even the series.
Avidon went the distance for the first time in his collegiate career. The right-hander allowed nine hits but kept the Eagles from scoring with the help of some great defensive plays, including a 6-3 double play to end the game. He struck out two batters in the game and did not issue a walk. It is the second win of the season for Avidon.
High Point broke the game open with a four-run eighth inning. Ryne Rush led off the inning with a solo homer to dead-center field. Rush blasted his third home run of the season off Winthrop relief pitcher Steven Howell. Josh Spano tripled to the right-center field gap and scored on a single by Sean Wilson. Winthrop went to the bullpen again, bringing in Mitchell Knox to face Devin Bujnovsky. Bujnovsky, Ryan Retz and Mike Miedzianowski had three straight singles to make it a 7-0 game.
Willie Medina led off the game with a single through the right side. The shortstop stole second base and moved to third on a basehit by Dane McDermott. Medina scored the first run of the game on a groundout by Rush.
Spano smoked a single to left field to lead off the sixth inning. Wilson followed with a double to right-center field that was just out of the reach of Winthrop center fielder TJ Olesczuk. With two runners in scoring position, Bujnovsky singled up the middle to extend High Point's lead to 3-0.
Winthrop threatened in the sixth inning but Avidon was able to work out of trouble and keep the Eagles from scoring. Olesczuk singled to center field but slid past the second base bag trying to stretch it in to a double. Retz was there to apply the tag for the second out of the inning. The next two Winthrop batters singled but Avidon got Justin Hopper to groundout to end the threat.
Eric Ruth took the loss for Winthrop. He allowed three runs on eight hits in 6-2/3 innings. He walked two, including an intentional walk to Medina, and struck out three. Ruth finished the season with a 3-3 record.
Bujnovsky went 3-4 with two RBI and a run scored and Spano went 2-5 with two runs scored. Medina, Rush and Wilson all had two hits each.
The Panthers improved to 25-29 (10-13 Big South) and Winthrop fell to 17-34 (9-13 Big South).
High Point and Winthrop will play the rubber game on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Winthrop Ballpark. The winner of the game will secure the final spot in Big South Conference Tournament.
COASTAL CAROLINA 15-6, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 8-1 | GAME 1 BOX SCORE | GAME 2 BOX SCORE
Rich Witten went 6-for-6 with five RBI in game one and Daniel Bowman was 3-for-5 in game two to lead Coastal Carolina to wins of 15-8 and 6-1 at Charleston Southern as part of a doubleheader Friday at CSU Ballpark. With the win, Coastal Carolina (36-17, 17-5) wins its sixth straight Big South regular-season title, ninth in the tenure of head coach Gary Gilmore and 15th in school history.
Coastal will conclude the 2012 regular season Saturday with a single game at Charleston Southern (20-33, 11-2). First pitch is set for 2:00 pm.
In game one, a 30-minute rain delay did not affect the Chanticleers as Jacob May, who had three hits and three RBI in the contest, reached on a one-out single and, after stealing second, scored on Witten's two-out, RBI double to left-center field for a 1-0 lead.
The Buccaneers answered in the home half, scoring three unearned runs. Bobby Ison reached on an error and scored on Robbie Streett's two-out home run. Alex Tomasovich followed with a walk and scored on Walt Quattlebaum's RBI double down the left-field line.
In the fourth, Charleston Southern pulled starter Ryan Gunther, who struck out five in three innings, in favor of Kyle Ward. Coastal responded by sending 10 men to the plate and scoring five times on five hits to go up 6-3. Justin Creel started the inning with a walk and moved to third on Chris Suseck's single to center. After an out, Ted Blackman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. May doubled down the right field line to bring home Creel and Suseck. Bowman welcomed new pitcher Denis Buckley to the game with a two-run triple and scored one pitch later on Witten's single.
Coastal padded its lead in the fifth. Suseck, who had three hits in the contest, was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on May's RBI double to make the score 7-3.
In the sixth, Coastal loaded bases with no outs thanks to a single from Witten, double from Alex Buccilli and walk to Tucker Frawley, who had three hits in the contest. Creel launched a 3-2 pitch over the left field fence and off the scoreboard for his first career home run. It was additionally the Chants' first grand slam since Witten hit one versus Radford on May 8, 2011. Coastal reloaded the bases with two outs and Witten collected his fifth hit in as many at bats, plating two for a 13-3 Chanticleer advantage.
In the home half of the sixth, Charleston Southern got one run back. Streett had a leadoff single and moved to second on a single by Jaren Sustar. With two out, Blake Hunt lined an RBI single to right field.
The Bucs took advantage of two CCU errors, sent 10 men to the plate and added four runs in the seventh, making the score 13-8. Shane Miles reached on a leadoff error and Cody Austin followed with a single. After an out, Streett ripped a two-run double down the third base line. Two batters later, Quattlebaum lined a single to center field, just in front on a diving May, to bring home Streett. An error kept the inning alive and, a batter later, set up an RBI single by Hunt.
Witten made it 6-for-6, finding a hole on the left side of the infield to drive in May, who walked and stole second to get in scoring position, to give Coastal a 14-8 cushion. The Chants added a run in the ninth. Frawley reached on an infield single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and took third on Suseck's single. Brian Pruett plated Frawley with a sacrifice fly to left field to provide the 15-8 final.
Freshman Austin Kerr (1-0) was credited with the win, pitching a scoreless fifth inning. Tyler Herb was the starter but did not figure in the decision after exiting in the fourth with a 7-3 lead. He allowed four hits and three runs (none earned) with two walks and two strikeouts.
In game two, Coastal scored first, taking advantage of a Buccaneer error in the second inning. Creel walked and took third on Tripp Martin's double. Pruett hit a ground ball to short, but an errant throw allowed Pruett to reach and Creel score. May manufactured a run in the third. After a leadoff single, he stole second and moved to third on a ground out. Buccilli, who was 2-for-4 with three RBI in game two, reached on a bad-hop single to third, allowing May to score to give Coastal a 2-0 advantage.
Charleston Southern cut its deficit in half, 2-1, in the fourth. Chase Shelton had a leadoff single and took second on a wild pitch. That wild pitch proved pivotal as, with two outs, Quattlebaum's single to left was enough to get Shelton home.
The Chants regained a two-run lead, 3-1, in the sixth. With walks to Witten and Buccilli, Creel singled to load the bases with no outs. Suseck did his job by hitting a fly ball deep enough to score Witten. In the top of the ninth, Coastal added three insurance runs. Martin started the inning by ripping a 1-2 fastball off the scoreboard in left field for his second homer of the season. Coastal would eventually load the bases with two outs before Buccilli found a hole on the right side of the infield for a two-run single.
Austin Wallace improved to 5-0, pitching six innings in game two. He allowed four hits and one run with no walks and four strikeouts. Ryan Connolly picked up his 11th save of the season, retiring all nine batters he faced. He did not allow a hit or a walk over three innings while striking out two.
NOTES: Witten set a CCU record (according to available documentation) by getting six hits (in six at bats) in game one ... His RBI double in the first inning of game one moved the senior to seventh on the CCU career RBI list with 48, tying Luis Lopez ... Witten had five RBI, moving him to 11th on the school's career list, now with 145 to pass Kirt Manwaring.
Frawley threw out a base runner in the second inning of game one ... The Johnny Bench Award semifinalist has thrown out 23 of 41 runners this season ... He would get the assist on all three outs that inning ... The first out came on a sac bunt attempt, but Frawley threw out the runner at second ... The final out came on a strikeout, but the ball was in the dirt and Frawley threw down to first to record the out.
Bowman moved into a tie for second on the on CCU career triples list, now with 13 - one shy of the CCU mark of 13 set by Tony Spires (1987-90) ... With five hits today, he is only four hits shy of becoming the first player in the Big South history to collect 200 RBI, 200 runs scored and 300 hits ... With his 296 career hits, Bowman is eight shy of the CCU all-time mark of 303, set by Brandon Powell (2000-03).
CAMPBELL 8-1, PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE 6-3 | GAME 1 BOX SCORE | GAME 2 BOX SCORE
Campbell took a victory in Friday's opening game 8-6 as Ryan Mattes picked up a save in the team's fourth consecutive game, but Presbyterian rallied late to take the nightcap 3-1 and earn a doubleheader split. The rubber game of the series will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. as both teams compete in their regular season finale.
CU will be playing for an outright second place finish in the Big South during Saturday's matchup.
Game 1: Campbell 8, PC 6
Five different Camels posted two hits in Friday's opener as Campbell rallied from a 4-0 deficit to take the 8-6 victory. CU used a four-run fifth inning to take the lead for reliever Paul Eyster, (3-1) who picked up the win. Matt Marksberry and Mattes closed out the Blue Hose over the final two innings to seal the win. Mattes picked up his tenth save of the season in pitching a perfect ninth inning.
PC scored four runs (three unearned) off starter Matt Sergey in the third inning. The Camel defense committed three errors in the frame that began with a leadoff walk and infield single. Sergey was able to get a strikeout and fly-out to end the inning, and departed after tossing three innings of three-hit baseball while striking out two batters.
Campbell immediately answered in the bottom of the third, cutting the deficit in half on a two-RBI single from David Olson that plated Ben McQuown and Michael Felton. The Fighting Camels evened the score an inning later, courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Erick Gaylord and an RBI single from Felton.
The decisive fifth inning began with a double down the rightfield line from Nick Ray. Ben Fish put the Camels in front with his RBI single to bring Ray to the plate. After a sacrifice bunt, Brent Graham, McQuown and Felton all tallied RBI singles to give CU the 8-4 advantage.
Eyster tossed four innings of middle relief, surrendering three hits and two runs to go along with three strikeouts. PC first baseman Kenny Bryant's two-run homer in the seventh was the only damage done off the CU bullpen, and Marksberry struck out two batters during his eighth inning on the mound.
Game 2 - PC 3, Campbell 1
Billy Motroni hit a two-RBI single in the top of the ninth inning to snap a 1-1 tie and give the Presbyterian College baseball team the 3-1 win over Campbell in the second game of a doubleheader this evening at Taylor Field in Buies Creek, N.C.
PC improved to 24-30 overall and 10-13 in the Big South. The win gives the Blue Hose their most league victories in conference history, eclipsing the record of nine, set last season. Campbell dropped to 39-16, 14-9.
Campbell got on the board early, notching a run in the bottom of the first, after opening the inning with back-to-back singles. Jake Kirkland, two batters later, singled to right field and drove in McQuown, who had a base hit through the left side his time at the plate.
The next six innings were quiet until Bryant tied the game in the top of the eighth with his second home run in as many games, this one a solo shot over the right field wall, to make it a 1-1 game.
The Blue Hose opened the ninth inning with back-to-back singles to put runners in scoring position. After Gabe Grammer struck out, Motroni stepped up to the plate and knocked a two-RBI single through the left side to give PC he 3-1 lead.
Grammer came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning, striking out one en route to retiring the side and picking up his ninth save of the year.
Chandler Knox started for the Blue Hose and pitched a solid 7.0 innings, scattering seven hits and giving up one run. Tim Corbin came in relief and threw 1.0 inning and surrendering just one hit to earn his second win of the season (2-0).
Mattes (4-3) picked up the loss in 1.2 innings of work after giving up two runs off three hits.
Motroni led PC with a one-for-four effort with two RBI. Jay Lizanich went 3-for-4.
PC and Campbell take to the field in the third and final game of the series Saturday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
LIBERTY 13, RADFORD 8 | BOX SCORE
Alex Close blasted two home runs and Zack Haley had three hits, including a home run, helping the Liberty Flames belt their way past the Radford Highlanders, 13-8, in a Big South game at RU Baseball Stadium, Friday.
Close drove in four runs with his 11th and 12th round trippers of the year. With 12 home runs, he moves into ninth place on Liberty's all-time single-season home run list. In addition, Close's home run total ties Pat Sipe's 1983 season total for the most by a freshman in program history.
Haley posted his third three-hit game of the year. The shortstop had his second home run of the year and a RBI triple among his three hits. He scored three times and drove in two runs.
Liberty plated runs in every inning of the game and collected 16 hits in the contest. It was the fourth time this season, the Flames have recorded 15 or more hits in a game. Besides Haley, left fielder Ian Parmley had three hits and scored three times. Center fielder Andy Smith also had three hits in the contest for the Flames.
Liberty moves to 13-10 in Big South action and 37-18 overall. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Flames. Radford drops to 12-11 in conference play and 28-25-1 overall.
The Flames struck for two runs in the game's opening inning, only to see the host Highlanders answer with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning. Parmley led off the contest with a single back through the middle of the diamond and with one out, moved to second on a single by designated hitter Michael Robertson. After Close walked, second baseman Bryan Aanderud dumped a single into right field, plating Parmley and Robertson for an early 2-0 lead.
Radford benefitted from two Liberty errors in the bottom of frame. Second baseman Josh Gardiner reached on an error by Aanderud to open the Highlander half of the first. Left fielder Brett Mollenhauer followed with a single, moving Gardiner to second. After a sacrifice bunt advanced both runners into scoring position at second and third base, designated hitter Matt Hillsinger grounded out, plating Gardiner with the first Highlander run of the game. A two-out fielding error by Haley allowed Mollenhauer to score, tying the game at 2-2.
Both teams tallied runs in the second. With one out in the top of the inning, Haley singled, stole second base and wound up on third base, when catcher Daniel Wright's throw sailed into center field. Parmley followed with a run-scoring single, putting Liberty back in front at 3-2. The next batter, Smith, then ripped a single through the right side of the infield, advancing Parmley to third base. Robertson lifted a sacrifice fly to make it, 4-2 Liberty.
In the bottom of the inning, Wright singled with one out and later came around to score on a single by Mollenhauer, trimming the Flames' edge to 4-3.
For the third consecutive frame, Liberty collected two runs in the third. Close began the inning by blasting his 11th home run of the season to up the Flames' advantage to 5-3. Two batters later, right fielder Ryan Cordell singled. After Cordell advanced to second on a ground out, third baseman Dalton Sype singled to cash him in for a 6-3 lead.
The Flames pushed across single runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Haley reached on an error by Highlander third baseman Matt Mack and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Parmley. Smith followed with a run-scoring single, upping the Liberty lead to 7-3. In the fifth, Cordell walked and later scored on a two-out error by Radford shortstop Jeff Kemp, giving the Flames a five-run bulge on the scoreboard at 8-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, the host Highlanders cut into the Liberty lead. With two men aboard, a two-out single by Mack got past Parmley in left field, allowing both runners to score. Mack then scored, when center fielder Smith's throw hit him at third base and bounded away, slicing the Flames' edge to 8-6.
Liberty responded by plating a run in the sixth. Parmley and Smith began the inning with back-to-back singles. After moving into scoring position on a bunt by Robertson, Close brought home Parmley with a grounder for 9-6 lead for the visitors.
After working out of a scoring threat by the Highlanders in the bottom of the sixth, a two-out RBI triple by Haley extended the Flames' advantage to 10-6 in the top of the seventh.
In the bottom of the inning, the first three Radford batters reached to load the bases with no one. Two batters later, Kemp lined a single into right field for the first Highlander run of the inning. Wright followed with a sacrifice fly, whittling the Flames' cushion to two runs at 10-8.
Close got the two runs right back in the top of the eighth. With Smith aboard, the first baseman launched his second round tripper of the contest, stretching Liberty's cushion back to four runs, 12-8.
Haley connected for a solo home run and his third hit of the game in the top of the ninth for what proved to be the final score of 13-8.
Jared Lyons, the third Liberty pitcher in the contest, moves to 3-4 on the year. The left-hander gave up two runs on three hits over three innings, the sixth through eighth frames. He struck out four batters and walked one.
Radford starter Mark Peterson drops to 4-3 on the year. He allowed six runs on nine hits over three innings. He walked one batter. The Highlanders used four pitchers in the game. Radford had eight hits in the contest.
The Flames and Radford will meet again tomorrow at the RU Baseball Stadium. The game will be the final game of the 2012 regular season for both teams. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
GARDNER-WEBB AT UNC ASHEVILLE, SUSPENDED IN 8TH INNING
Gardner-Webb held a 4-0 lead with one out in the top of the eighth at UNC Asheville, when the game was suspended due to lightning in the area. The game will be completed on Saturday at 1:00 pm at Greenwood Field.
An RBI double from Brad Collins in the top of the fourth drove home Scott Coleman for a 1-0 Gardner-Webb lead, and Coleman extended the lead to 3-0 in the top of the eighth with a two-run home run to left center.
Benji Jackson then delivered an RBI bunt single for a 4-0 lead, when the game was suspended. The two teams waited for more than an hour before the decision was made to continue play Saturday. GWU will begin Saturday's game with the bases loaded and one out in the frame.
Matt Fraudin hurled 4.1 scoreless innings in a solid start on the mound, giving way to Conner Scarborough after a pair of Asheville batters reached base - on an infield single and walk. Scarborough got out of that jam with his squad still holding a 1-0 lead.
Asheville threatened seriously one inning earlier, loading the bases against Fraudin to lead off the bottom of the fourth. The big freshman recovered, getting a force out at home and striking out two batters to end the threat.
Gardner-Webb loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but Asheville reliever Elliot Criss rolled a timely 1-4-3 double play to keep the score at 1-0.
Ryan Hodge made a nice defensive play in the bottom of the seventh to throw a runner out at the plate for the third out. A single into the hole at shortstop was deep enough to attempt to send the runner around from second, but Hodge came up throwing and cut down Eli Miller at the plate.
A leadoff single from John Harris started Gardner-Webb's rally in the eighth and, with one out, Coleman connected on his fourth home run of the season to build the 3-0 advantage. Back-to-back singles from Collins and Hodge kept GWU in business and disaster struck from UNC Asheville when Henry Rundio reached base on a wild pitch after a strikeout.
Jackson then laid down a nice bunt to drive home Collins, and legged out the hit to keep the bases loaded.
Gardner-Webb has 12 hits through the first 7.1 innings of play, with Zeke Blanton (2-for-4), Coleman (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI) and Collins (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) pacing that effort. Harris, Quattlebaum, Hodge, Will Canady and Jackson also have hits for GWU.
Scarborough hurled 2.0 scoreless innings of relief and Jeff Howell pitched 0.2 innings of scoreless baseball for GWU.
UNC Asheville has eight hits in the game, with Miller going 3-for-3 and Billy Creighton going 2-for-4. Ace Ryan Dull allowed just one run on five hits in 5.0 innings (three strikeotus). Criss allowed three runs on six hits in 2.1 innings of work before giving way to Adam Spracklin just before the delay.
Following the completion of the suspended game on Saturday, Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville will close out the series with its regular scheduled third game.
VMI 7, VCU 6 | BOX SCORE
The VCU Rams took an early 6-2 lead, but the VMI Keydets scored five runs in the fifth inning and got five shutout innings from their bullpen to notch a 7-6 win in the second game of the Terry Sisisky Classic, contested at The Diamond in Richmond on Friday evening. The game marked the season finale for VMI baseball.
After Jacob Morley got the first run home in the fifth, cutting the VCU (31-23) lead to 6-3, Cameron Walter drew a walk and Michael Donovan helped instigate the rest of the rally. The freshman hit a high chopper to the left side that third baseman Joey Cujas just got a glove on, but the ball skittered into very shallow left field for a RBI hit. Donovan turned the play into a hustling double, and the VMI (16-36) second baseman then got a perfect read on Brandon Angus' two-run single and scored the second of two Keydet runs on the play, tying the game, 6-6. Matt Winn followed with a RBI double off the left-field wall, scoring Angus and giving the Keydets a lead they would not relinquish.
Reed Garrett relieved in the VCU fifth and allowed a one-out double to Paul Nice, but he was left stranded at third. That would be the Rams' last runner in scoring position until the 8th, as Garrett retired eight in a row before Bill Cullen's one-out single in that frame.
Jordan Weymouth then walked, and John Garrett came out of the Keydet bullpen to face leading VCU hitter Joey Cujas. On a 1-1 pitch, Cujas hit a hard two-hopper to VMI shortstop Drew Bryan, who took it to the bag at second and threw on to first for the inning-ending double play. John Garrett then worked around a two-out double in the ninth to complete the save, his sixth of the year, and end the Keydet season on a positive note.
Adam Lopez (1-3) picked up the win in his final collegiate outing, allowing two runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 relief innings, while Josh Alford allowed four runs in 2/3 of an inning to take the loss for VCU.
The Keydets jumped ahead quickly in the first, as Rob Dickinson led off with an infield hit. The next batter, George Piccirilli, homered to left-center field to put VMI up, 2-0. The lead was short lived, however, as a Taylor Buran RBI double and a two-run shot by Chris Ayers gave VCU the lead, 3-2, after one inning.
VMI managed just a single in the second, and VCU got a one-out single from Nice in the second. One out later, he went to third when Keydet starter Campbell Henkel committed a throwing error, and he scored on Cujas' RBI single. Lopez would relieve later in the inning, with the bases loaded, and strike out Ayers to avoid further damage.
The Rams added on a run in the third against Lopez, when Brent Mikionis scored on a wild pitch, and did so again in the fourth when Cujas scored on a Lopez throwing miscue. That play gave the home team a 6-2 lead after four, and set the stage for the turning point of the game. Bryan greeted VCU reliever Alford with a single to right, and Dickinson followed with a hit of his own. Piccirilli then singled to center, loading the bases for Morley. The leading power source for the 2012 Keydets bounced into a 6-4-3 double play, scoring the first run of the rally and bringing Walter to the plate to continue the five-run uprising.
Reed Garrett then entered in the fifth, and after Nice's double, did not allow another hit until the eighth. Meanwhile, the Ram bullpen shut down VMI as well, sending the game to the eighth still at 7-6, Keydets, and setting up the drama over the final two frames.
Angus led the way for the Keydet offense, posting a 3 for 5 night and running his hitting streak to six straight games with his first career three-hit effort. Piccirilli, making his final collegiate appearance, was one of four VMI hitters to collect two hits, as every Keydet offensive player reached base in the season-ending win. Four VCU players had two hits apiece as well.
EAST CAROLINA 14, VMI 8 | BOX SCORE
The VMI Keydets jumped out to a 6-2 lead after a six-run fourth inning, but the East Carolina Pirates scored 12 unanswered runs and went on to a 14-8 win in the opening game of the Terry Sisisky Classic, contested Friday afternoon at The Diamond in Richmond.
Jacob Morley hit a game-tying home run in the fourth inning, and Drew Bryan walked to force in a run later in the inning. Then, with two outs and the bases loaded, VMI's (15-36) Rob Dickinson skied a pop-up to left field. ECU (34-19-1) left fielder Tim Younger came in two steps, stopped and lost the ball in the sun. It fell in for a three-run double and the Keydets took a 5-2 lead. They would add another run later in the inning, but the Pirates chipped away with three in the fourth and took the lead for good with two in the fifth.
All of the first seven runs were charged to Keydet starter Coby Cowgill (5-5), who took the loss by surrendering seven runs over four-plus innings. Andy Smithmyer (5-2) picked up the win in relief for East Carolina, throwing 4 1/3 hitless innings but giving up two runs, thanks to three walks and three hit batters.
ECU jumped ahead quickly in the first, as Younger led off with a double and went to third on an infield out. John Wooten then plated him with a sacrifice fly, and it was 1-0, Pirates. They added another run in the third when Wooten singled home another runner, but VMI struck for six runs in the fourth.
Piccirilli was hit by a pitch, and Morley immediately followed with a home run to deep left-center, his 11th of the year. The blast knotted the score, 2-2, and moved Morley to ninth on the all-time VMI total bases list, but the Keydets weren't done. Two outs later, Matt Winn walked and Brandon Angus singled. Chase Worthington then walked to load the bases, and Bryan walked to force in a run. That set the stage for Dickinson's sun-aided, bases-clearing double that gave VMI a 6-2 advantage.
ECU got three runs back in the fourth, and led off the fifth with a Zach Wright single. Corey Thompson doubled him home to tie the game, and end Cowgill's night. Michael Devine relieved and walked the first batter he faced, but then induced a double play. Unfortunately for the Keydets, the next batter, Bryan Bass, drove home a run with an infield hit to put the Pirates up, 7-6.
East Carolina would go on to score the next eight runs of the contest, notching exactly one extra-base hit in each of their remaining at-bats to aid in scoring three runs in the sixth, three in the seventh and one in the eighth and putting them up, 14-6. VMI then put together a ninth-inning rally, as Smithmyer appeared to hit the wall. He retired the first batter, but Angus and pinch-hitter Gary LeClair walked. Fellow pinch-hitters Eric Mayers and Sheldon Shifflett were hit by pitches, forcing in a run and bringing a new arm out of the ECU bullpen. Dylan Dickens then hit Cameron Walter, forcing in a second run and accounting for the final margin, 14-8.
Dickinson was 2 for 4 with three RBI, while Angus reached base twice and scored a pair of runs to lead the Keydets. Bass had a career-high four hits for East Carolina.