HIGH POINT, N.C. – Michael Hennessey tossed seven strong innings allowing one run, while High Point recorded 13 hits in a 5-1 midweek victory over No. 20 East Carolina Wednesday night at Williard Stadium. With the win the Panthers improve to 25-13 on the season and the Pirates drop to 24-13.
Hennessey (3-2) picked up the win scattering four hits over seven full frames where he allowed one run (earned) with three walks and five strikeouts en route to throwing a career-high 124 pitches. Joe Goodman notched his fourth save of the season striking out three of the four batters he faced in 1.1 innings. Nick Niarchos and Jeremy Johnson each worked one-third of an inning bridging the gap to Goodman.
Davis Kirkpatrick (0-2) suffered the loss surrendering three runs (all earned) on six hits in 3.2 innings of work. The Pirates used five hurlers out of the bullpen getting outings from Sam Lanier (0.1 IP, 1 H), Evan Voliva (0.1 IP, 2 Rs), Joe Ingle (1.2 IP, 1 K), Cam Colmore (0.2 IP, 2 Hs) and Denny Brady (1.1 IP, 2 Hs, 1 K).
Luke Parker led the Panthers hitting attack going 3-for-4 with an RBI, one run scored and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Chris Clare, Carson Jackson and Austen Zente each added two hits, while four others recorded a base knock. In all, eight of the Panthers starting nine had at least one hit and tallied six extra base hits.
ECU managed just five hits in the contest with Zack Mozingo going 2-for-4 at the plate. Garrett Brooks, Parker Lamm and Dwanya Williams-Sutton accounted for the other three singles. Eric Tyler drove in the Pirates lone run, which came in the first inning.
How It Happened:
High Point scored at least one run in four-straight innings (second through fifth) to capture the midweek win, 5-1. With the score knotted at one-all, Hunter Lee’s RBI single to center scored Parker for a 2-1 advantage in the third frame. Parker laced a double down the left field line to get things going and moved to third on Spencer Brown’s sac bunt before coming home on Lee’s shallow single to center.
ECU jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Tyler’s 28th RBI of the season in the first inning. Parker Lamm reached on an infield single, took second on a wild pitch and third on Kirk Morgan’s sac bunt before coming home during Tyler’s at-bat, where he reached on a fielding error by Clare at short.
High Point drew even in the second on Nick Capra’s RBI ground out making it a one-all game. Carson Jackson doubled to right field with one out and took third on a Kirkpatrick wild pitch just before touching home on Capra’s ground ball to first.
The Panthers extended their lead to two, 3-1, on consecutive two-out extra base hits in the fourth. Zente laced a ground-rule double to right center and came home on Parker’s RBI triple to right center.
High Point capped the scoring at 5-1 when it pushed across a pair of runs in the fifth stanza. Clare reached with one out when he was hit by a Voliva pitch and Josh Greene followed with a double down the left field line putting runners at second and third. After ECU went to the bullpen, Ingle struck out Dominic Fazio before Jackson reached on an error by Yorgen where Clare scored. A wild pitch by the Pirates’ closer allowed Greene to score for the games final run.
ECU returns to American Athletic Conference play this weekend when it plays host to UConn for a three-game series at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (ET).