Baseball Tigers Shutout by ECU, 12-0
April 22, 2005
GREENVILLE, N. C. -
MEMPHIS (9-27, 3-13 C-USA) 000 000 000 - 0 2 5 East Carolina (22-15, 8-8 C-USA) 331 202 10X - 12 15 1
The Memphis defense committed five errors to help ECU to six unearned runs, while the Pirate pitchers struck out 14 Tiger hitters en route to a 12-0 shutout Friday night in the series opener. The win was the sixth straight league win for the Pirates.
Memphis' offensive struggled against ECU as just five Tigers reached base in the game. Ryan Martin went 2-for-3 and was the only U of M player to hit safely.
ECU scored often and early in handing the Tigers their second shutout of the year. Back-to-back RBI-doubles by Mark Minicozzi and Adam Witter got the Pirates on the board in the first. Adam Peisel followed with a run-scoring triple to put ECU up 3-0.
A Dale Mollenhauer triple ignited a three-run second inning. He then scored on an infield error by the Tigers. A sac fly by Minicozzi and a single by Witter gave the Pirates a commanding 6-0 cushion.
ECU tacked on a run in the third and two more in the fourth to make it 9-0. A two-run single off the bat of Mollenhauer in the sixth extended the Pirate lead to 11-0. An RBI-single by Witter capped the scoring at 12-0.
Witter and Mollenhauer each went 4-for-5 on the night to lead the Pirate offense. Witter added four RBI and a run, while Mollenhauer posted two RBI and two runs. Four ECU hitters recorded multiple hits.
ECU roughed up Memphis starter Daniel de Armas (2-3) for four extra base hits in his one and one-thirds innings of work. The senior gave up five runs, four of which were earned, in a losing effort. T.J. Hose (3-3) was the beneficiary of the potent Pirate offense as he picked up the win. The freshman hurled six innings of shutout ball, gave up two hits and faced just four over the minimum. Pirate reliever P.J. Connelly was perfect, striking five of the nine batters he faced in three innings of scoreless relief.
Memphis and East Carolina will play game two of the series on Saturday. The first pitch, which was originally scheduled for 2 p.m., has been moved ahead to 1 p.m. Eastern due to the threat of inclement weather. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.