March 2, 2007
Greenville, N.C. - Ryan Tousley's seventh-inning single down the right field line broke a 4-4 tie and lifted East Carolina to a 5-4 victory over No. 12 Pepperdine during first day action of the Keith LeClair Classic Friday night in Greenville, North Carolina.
The Pirates improved to 6-5 on the year while the Waves slipped to 11-4 and had their four-game winning streak snapped.
After falling behind 1-0 in the bottom half of the first, Pepperdine rallied with four runs in the top of the second to take a 4-1 lead against the Pirates and starter T.J. Hose (2-2). However, the Waves were only able to manage two more hits against Hose and a pair of relievers, allowing East Carolina to chip away and eventually take the lead in the seventh inning.
The Pirates started their winning rally against Waves' All-American Barry Enright (4-1). Enright opened the inning by walking pinch-hitter Broc Sutton on a 3-2 pitch. Freshman reliever Jordan Durrance came on to relieve Enright and, after a sacrifice and walk, surrendered the game-winning single to Tousley.
The first-inning run surrendered by Enright was the first allowed by the Waves' right hander in 22.0 innings and the loss dropped his career record to 27-4.
For the first time this season, opposing pitcher were able to keep the top of the Pepperdine batting order in check as the trio of Danny Worth, Eric Thames and Chase d'Arnaud were held hitless. The top four batters in the Waves' line-up, including lead-off man Adrian Ortiz, entered the game batting .390 or better.
Ortiz had two of the Waves' six hits to lead the offense. Freshman catcher Travis Tartamella produced the big hit in the second inning as tripled home two runs.
Pepperdine continues tournament action on Saturday when it faces Western Carolina at 8 a.m. (PST). The Catamounts were a 6-5 winner over No. 24 North Carolina State earlier in the day.