May 15, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- East Carolina completed a three-game sweep of UAB with a 6-5 victory on Sunday afternoon at Young Memorial Field. The series loss at home for the Blazers was their first of the season and the home sweep marks the first since Houston won three straight in Birmingham April 2-4, 2004. The Blazers are now 30-23 overall, 13-14 in Conference USA while the Pirates improve to 32-20, 16-11 in C-USA.
East Carolina's P.J. Connelly pitched four shutout innings, allowing just one hit to improve to 4-1 on the season. Ricky Brooks pitched a scoreless ninth for the Pirates to earn his first save. Adam Price falls to 4-5 on the season after suffering the loss for UAB.
After the teams traded runs in the first inning for the third straight game, East Carolina struck again in the top of the second. Ryan Peisel was hit by a pitch leading off, then came around to score when Mark Minicozzi followed with his fifth home run of the season, a deep shot over the right-center field wall.
Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Blazers put four runs on the board. Seth Rollin led the inning off with a single up the middle then moved to third when J.R. Bond singled. After a walk to Rush Knight loaded the bases, Ryan Metcalf was also issued a base on balls which brought Rollin home with UAB's second run of the game. After an East Carolina pitching change, Clint Toomey grounded into an fielder's choice which scored Bond from third. After a fielder's choice by Levi Patmon, Zac Ward came through with a two-out, two-run single on a 3-2 pitch which scored Toomey and Patmon, giving UAB a 5-4 lead.
East Carolina took a 6-5 lead with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Adam Witter led off with a double and Drew Costanzo drew a one-out walk. After UAB reliever Eric Roberts
struck out Peisel, Minicozzi came through with his third hit of the day, a two-run double into the left field corner.
The Blazers return to action Thursday when they begin their final Conference USA series of the season at Louisville. Game time is set for 6 p.m.