Feb. 28, 2004
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Greenville, NC –
Pinch-hitter Drew Costanzo hit a walkoff solo homer in the 11th inning to defeat #11 Clemson 3-2 Saturday night in the Keith LeClair Invitational at Harrington Field. It was Costanzo’s first homer as a Pirate. East Carolina improved to 10-0, while Clemson fell to 1-2.
Mike Flye (1-0) pitched 5.2 innings of shutout ball in relief, allowing just three runs and no walks while striking out nine to earn the win. He and starter Greg Bunn combined for 16 strikeouts. The loss spoiled an outstanding pitching performance by Tyler Lumsden, who pitched 6.0 innings, allowing just two runs, four hits, and one walk while striking out six. Patrick Hogan (0-1), who was born in Greenville, NC, suffered the loss despite allowing just two hits in 3.0 innings pitched.
The Tigers got on the board first in the third inning. Tony Sipp led off with a walk and scored when Travis Storrer homered to left field. Storrer’s opposite-field homer was the Mount Vernon, WA native’s first as a Tiger and gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Storrer’s hit was the only one by either team with runners on base in 28 combined at-bats.
East Carolina cut the Tiger lead in half when Mark Minicozzi hit his second homer of the year of the fence in left field. Tiger pitchers had gone over 14 consecutive innings without allowing a run before Minicozzi’s long ball.
The Pirates tied the score in the seventh inning when Ryan Norwood hit a leadoff homer on a 1-2 pitch deep over the fence in left field. It was Norwood’s third homer of the year.
Costanzo finally won the game in the 11th inning when he hit a full-count pitch over the left-field fence, just over the outstretched arms of Sipp.
Brad McCann’s 22-game hitting streak came to an end in the game, as the junior was 0-for-5. Storrer led the Tigers with two hits, including the home run. Norwood and Ryan Jones led the Pirates with two hits apiece. All five runs scored in the game came on long balls, while each team totaled seven hits.
Clemson will play Georgia Southern at Harrington Field Sunday at 10:00 AM Sunday. Clemson will then play East Carolina following the first game Sunday.
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