#24 East Carolina completes sweep of CSU with 8-2 winMarch 14, 2004
By CSU Sports Information
|Brian Sole had four hits in three-game series|
GREENVILLE, NC - East Carolina's Pirates used a six-run sixth inning to propel themselves to an 8-2 victory over Charleston Southern on Sunday afternoon at Harrington Field. The victory completed a three-game sweep of the Buccaneers after taking game one, 9-0, and game two, 2-1.
CSU falls to 6-11 overall on the season and finished the seven-game road swing with just one victory. The Buccaneers will play nine of their next 10 games at home, where they are 5-2 this season.
ECU, ranked 24th nationally, used outstanding pitching to stifle the CSU bats all weekend. CSU managed just 11 hits in the three games and lowered their team batting average for the season to .205.
Junior outfielder Brian Sole had four of the team's 11 hits, raising his team-leading batting average to .306 for the season. Sole also leads the Buccaneers in homeruns (four) and RBI (11). Redshirt third baseman/designated hitter David Perkins had two hits in the series, both in game one. Junior catcher Brad Woods had a two-run homerun to account for CSU's runs in game three.
CSU's pitching staff had a solid weekend, with the top performance coming by sophomore right-hander Bobby Parnell on Saturday. Parnell allowed seven hits and struck out five in the 2-1 loss, with both runs being unearned. It was the best performance of Parnell's young career at CSU.
Game one starter Brad Bissell allowed four earned runs in seven innnings, striking out seven in his defeat. R. J. Swindle started game three on Sunday, allowing two earned runs and striking out nine in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Charleston Southern returns to action on Tuesday afternoon, hosting Savannah State in a doubleheader at Buccaneer Field. Savannah State defeated CSU, 5-4, two weeks ago in Savannah. Game one of the twinbill can be heard live on csusports.com beginning at 1 pm.