East Carolina Takes C-USA Baseball Series From Memphis With 8-4 Victory
March 28, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - No. 18 East Carolina used a pair of fifth-inning home runs by the Lawhorn twins Darryl and Trevor to earn a series win over Memphis with an 8-4 victory in Conference-USA baseball action Sunday at AutoZone Park. The Pirates (21-6, 3-3 C-USA) took games two and three from the Tigers (12-9, 1-5 C-USA) to win their first C-USA series of the season.
Trevor had a season-high four hits in the contest while Darryl added a pair of home runs as the Pirates outhit the Tigers 14-7. Rightfielder Jordan Hart was the only Tiger with two hits as he had a pair of singles.
ECU first baseman Ryan Norwood drove in runs with a single in the second and a double in the fourth to help give the Pirates a 3-0 lead. The Lawhorns then knocked in the Pirate's three runs in the fifth as Darryl hit a two-run homer and Trevor added a solo blast off Memphis starter Stephen Gostkowski.
The Tigers rallied to score four runs in the sixth inning, but that would be as close as Memphis would get. Centerfielder Josh Payne and first baseman Adam Amar had RBI singles in the frame while shortstop Brent Dlugach added a two-run triple.
ECU added a pair of insurance runs with one in the seventh on a RBI-single by Trevor and one in the ninth on Darryl's second home run of the game and third of the series.
Memphis loaded the bases in the ninth on a trio of walks, but left the bases loaded as Phillip Powell picked up his first save of the season by getting Patrick Hope to foul out to Norwood at first to end the game.
Pirate starter Shane Matthews (3-0) allowed three runs on five hits while Gostkowski (1-2) took the loss after allowing six runs and nine hits in 4.1 innings of work.
The Tigers return to Tuesday on the road at Arkansas State with first pitch in Jonesboro set for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.