May 1, 2011
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- East Carolina held off a late Southern Miss rally after building a big lead for a 7-6 Conference USA victory over the Golden Eagles here Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Despite the loss, the Golden Eagles (32-11 overall, 11-4 C-USA) won their fourth of five league series after winning 3-1 and 5-0 over the first two games in the series.
Isaac Rodriguez led Southern Miss with three hits, including a pair of doubles, with three RBI, while B.A. Vollmuth, Marc Bourgeois and Adam Doleac collected two hits apiece.
Down 7-0 heading into the eighth, Kameron Brunty drew a one-out walk. After a lineout, Vollmuth doubled home Brunty from first and then scored one batter later when Bourgeois singled up the middle. Rodriguez finished the inning's scoring with a double to left.
In the ninth, it was again Brunty who started the rally with a one-out walk. After a strikeout, Vollmuth walked and Bourgeois singled to load the bases. Rodriguez followed with a two-run double and Adam Doleac singled home a run through the left side.
ECU then went to Brad Mincey and he got Ashley Graeter to flyout to leftfield to end the game.
The Pirates (28-16, 9-9) took the early 2-0 lead in the third on RBI singles from Corey Thompson and John Wooten.
ECU then extended the lead with five runs in the fourth. The Pirates put together five hits in the frame and two walks to build the margin to 7-0.
Boomer Scarborough (1-1), who was making his first C-USA start retired the first six batters he faced before getting into trouble in the third. He allowed two runs on two hits and walk with two strikeouts to suffer the loss.
After Chase Horn allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits and two walks, five subsequent relief pitchers held ECU to no runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout down the stretch.
Shawn Armstrong came in of relief of Seth Maness for the Pirates and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks to go along with two strikeouts to get the victory and improve to 3-1. Mincey earned his first save.
The Golden Eagles return to action, Wednesday, when they travel to Mobile to play South Alabama at Eddie Stanky Field. Game time is 6 p.m.