East Carolina tops Tulane, 5-1, in series opener
Four Pirates have multi-hit games against the Green Wave
Mike Wright and Brad Mincey teamed up on a two-hitter and the Pirates outhit the Green Wave, 12-2, as East Carolina earned a 5-1 series opening victory over Tulane at Turchin Stadium on Thursday evening.
After leaving two on in each of the first two innings, the Pirates (35-18, 12-10) got to Green Wave starter David Napoli for a couple in the third.
Following a Corey Thompson leadoff double, Trent Whitehead singled up the middle to make it 1-0. Zach Wright delivered another single, the Pirates’ third straight hit, to put runners on first and second with no outs. Napoli managed to get Chase McDonald to ground into a double play, but John Wooten extended the lead to 2-0 with an infield single.
ECU took that 2-0 lead into the seventh as Pirate starter Mike Wright allowed just two hits in the first six frames.
The Pirates added some insurance they wouldn’t need wind up needing when Austin Homan came through with a two-run pinch-hit single in the ninth.
Whitehead, Wooten, Ussery and Reinheimer all had two hits for East Carolina.
Pirate starter Mike Wright improved to 6-3 with the victory. He surrendered just two hits in six innings. Brad Mincey walked three, but didn’t allow a hit over the final three frames.
East Carolina and Tulane will square off again on Friday night when Seth Maness takes the hill against the Green Wave’s Conrad Flynn.
With a victory, the Pirates can clinch the third seed for next week’s CUSA Tournament in Pearl, MS.