No. 18 East Carolina Defeats Memphis 7-1 In C-USA Baseball Action
March 27, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. -- - East Carolina starter Greg Bunn struck out 11 in eight innings of work as the 18th-ranked Pirates defeated Memphis 7-1 in Conference-USA baseball action Saturday at AutoZone Park. The Pirates (20-6, 2-3 C-USA) evened the series with the Tigers (12-8, 1-4 C-USA) at a win apiece and set up a rubber match in game three.
A trio of Pirates each had three hits in the contest as ECU pounded out 16 in the game. First baseman Ryan Norwood was a home run shy of the cycle and second baseman Trevor Lawhorn added a pair of RBIs on a double and two singles.
The Pirates grabbed a 1-0 lead off Memphis starter Derek Hankins in the first after Jamie Paige, who led off the game with a double, scored on a RBI-groundout by Darryl Lawhorn.
The Tigers tied the game at one in the third on a RBI-single by Chad House. That would be the only run the Tigers could muster off Bunn (4-0) who struck out the side in the first and fifth innings and allowed only five hits and walked only one.
The ECU offense tallied six unanswered runs scoring single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before posting a three-spot in the seventh on Darryl Lawhorn's third home run of the season and a two-run triple by Norwood.
Hankins (2-3) took the loss for Memphis allowing four runs, three earned, on 10 hits in six innings of work. Zach Cook tossed a scoreless ninth for the Tigers.
Leftfielder Drew Costanzo posted three singles and scored two runs for the Pirates while leadoff hitter Jamie Paige and shortstop Billy Richardson each added two hits. Tiger shortstop Brent Dlugach went 2-for-4 at the plate to increase his average in league games to .421.
Game three of the series has been moved up to a 12:30 p.m. start Sunday to accommodate East Carolina's travel plans.