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Herd Falls to ECU 8-2 in Game One of Three-Game Series

Mikey Jimenez

May 4, 2012

Final Stats

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -- East Carolina scored five times in the first two innings en route to an 8-2 defeat of the Marshall baseball team Friday evening at Clark-LeClair Stadium. 

Sergio Leon and Eric Semeniuk provided RBI hits in the eighth and ninth, but it was too little, too late as the Pirates – who scored in four of their eight frames – went ahead 5-0 after two before extending their lead to as many as eight. 

Marshall dropped to 15-29 (3-13 C-USA), and East Carolina improved to 29-16-1 (11-7-1 C-USA). 

Leon drove in the Thundering Herd’s first run in the eighth when he doubled to right field with two out and Mikey Jimenez on first.  Jimenez reached base via a walk earlier in the inning. 

Semeniuk used a single in the ninth to score Escobedo who had reached on a double in the lead-off spot. 

Freshman Lance Elder (1-5) pitched just two innings in his fifth weekend start of the season, being pulled after allowing five runs – four earned – on seven hits.  Elder did not record any walks or strikeouts. 

Joe McGillicuddy, Terrence Moore, and Kolin Stanley all pitched relief roles for the Herd but only Stanley was able to keep the Pirates off the board.  The red-shirt freshman threw 1.2 perfect innings, inducing a double play to end an inherited jam in the seventh before retiring the ECU eighth in order. 

Senior left-hander Kevin Brandt (6-4) pitched eight innings and allowed only one run on six hits and four walks.  Brandt struck out three. 

Semeniuk led the Herd attack with a 2-for-4 showing.  The senior’s other base hit of the game came in the second inning when he legged out an infield single. 

Fellow senior Thor Meeks was 1-for-2 with a walk.  Louie Helmburg, who entered late in the game in the place of Meeks, singled through the right side in his only time up. 

Mikey Jimenez was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. 

Game two of the series will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday.