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Dingers, double plays and
Daniels deliver for ECU
By Phil Stanton
GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina scored in
each of the first four innings and turned three timely double
plays as the top-seeded Pirates outscored fourth-seeded
Binghamton 11-7 in a first-round Greenville Regional game.
ECU (43-17) will face second-seed South Carolina
this evening at 6 p.m. The Bearcats (29-21), in their first NCAA
Tournament, meet third-seeded George Mason in an elimination
game this afternoon at 2 p.m.
“I’m excited and very proud of our effort,” ECU
head coach Billy Godwin said. “We jumped out early and held off
late. Sometimes holding off is a tough thing to do.”
The Pirates started quickly. Leadoff hitter Trent
Whitehead (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit the first pitch out to left
for his 7th homer to put ECU on the board. With one out, Stephen
Batts doubled to right, stole third and scored on a balk for a
“I had my mind set that there was one pitch I was
looking for and if I didn’t get it, I was going to take it,”
Whitehead said. “I got a good pitch to hit and luckily I made
The Bearcats threatened in the second as Joe
Charron reached on an error and moved to third on a base hit
Peter Bregartner. Jeff Abrams hit into a 5-4-2 double play C.J.
Lukaszewski grounded out to end the rally.
“I thought our defense was very good,” Godwin
said. “I thought the double plays were huge. I thought the play
that really was a huge play in the game was the 5-4-2 double
play. That’s a high-level play. [Second baseman Ryan Wood, right] read
that, saw the play, had the guy dead at the plate.”
The Pirates also turned double plays in the third
and eighth to squelch rallies.
Devin Harris (2 for 3, 2 R) kept the power show
going in the second for ECU with his 13th homer to push the lead
to 3-0. Dustin Harrington belted a three-run dinger in a
four-run third to give the Pirates a 7-0 lead.
After Joe Charron (3 for 5, 4 RBI) belted a
two-run homer in the fourth for the Bearcats, ECU answered with
four more in the bottom of the frame for an 11-2 lead.
Bailey Daniels (2-2) was key out of the pen for
the Pirates. In the fifth, BU hit starter Chris Heston hard the
third time through the lineup. After three scored in the inning,
Daniels surrendered an RBI single to Joe Charron to make it 11-6
with runners on the corners and no outs. Daniels got two called
strikeouts and a fielder’s choice to end the threat.
Daniels’ plan was “just to minimize damage and
try to get us back in the dugout without too much damage.”
(left) went four innings with three hits, one
run, no walks and three strikeouts. He surrendered a solo homer
to Charron in the seventh to complete the scoring.
“I’m really happy, obviously, with the way our
guys competed in the last two-thirds of the game,” BU head coach
Tim Sinicki said. “I think we came out on the big stage and were
maybe overwhelmed a little bit.”
“Our team this year has been a real battle-back
team,” Charron said. “The [America East] championship game and
every single game in our conference tournament we had to come
“Everybody in our lineup is a good hitter,”
Charron added. “I had a great day today, but everybody in front
of me and behind me did their job, too. We just came up a bit
Wood had two hits and two runs for the Pirates.
Corey Taylor finished with three hits and two RBI for the
(photos by Rob Goldberg, courtesy
of ECU Media Relations Office)