May 31, 2009

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Mincey, Roller Deliver for East Carolina

By Phil Stanton Co-Founder

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Sophomore right-hander Brad Mincey pitched his first career complete game and junior Kyle Roller belted two homers in an eight-run fifth as top-seeded eliminated fourth-seeded Binghamton 16-9 Sunday afternoon in front of 3,755 fans at Clark-LeClair Stadium.


The Pirates (44-18) face second-seeded South Carolina tonight at 6 p.m. ECU must beat USC twice to win the regional. The Bearcats finish the season at 30-22.


Mincey (10-5) allowed 11 hits and two earned runs with one walk and five strikeouts. He is the lone 10-game winner in Conference USA.


Roller had a leadoff homer off the light pole in right center to start the fifth and capped the rally with a two-run blast off the scoreboard in right center to give ECU an 11-7 lead.. Roller has 15 homers on the season and 38 for his career, the fifth-highest total in school history. Roller’s second dinger gave the Pirates 101 for the season, also a school record.


Austin Homan had a pinch-hit two-run single and Stephen Batts had a two-run double in the fifth for the Pirates.


ECU scored a pair in the top of the first, keyed by an RBI double by Roller. BU plated four unearned runs in the third. With one on and one out, a potential double play grounder was thrown wide at second, opening the flood gates for the Bearcats. Dave Ciocchi had the big hit, a two-run single with two outs as BU took a 4-2 lead.


After the Pirates got one in the top of the fourth, Ciocchi added a three-run double with two outs in the bottom of the frame, all unearned, to make it 7-3.


Roller went 4 for 5 with two runs and four RBI. Trent Whitehead had three hits and two RBI for ECU. Batts had two hits, two runs and two RBI for the Pirates. Drew Schieber homered and scored three for ECU.


Ciocchi went 3 for 4 with two runs and five RBI. Peter Bregartner had a two-run homer and drove in three for BU.