GREENVILLE, N.C. – The High Point University baseball lost to East Carolina, 13-1, on Tuesday at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C. The Panther bullpen kept the Pirates scoreless for the final five innings of the game.
Junior Adam Pratson came out of the bullpen in the third inning and quieted the ECU bats. He scattered two hits over 2-1/3 innings of work. Freshman Will Resnik followed with 1-2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed just one hit and one walk. The batter who singled was erased on a double play in the sixth inning.
Junior Kyle Wigmore entered the game with two outs in the seventh inning and got ECU right fielder John Wooten to fly out to center field. Wooten had been 4-4 in the game until he faced Wigmore. Wigmore hasn’t allowed a hit in his last three appearances.
Freshman Harrison Phillips struck out Bryan Bass to end the eighth inning and keep ECU scoreless for the fifth straight inning.
Redshirt-sophomore Andrew Bartlett led off the eighth inning with a walk and stole second base. Freshman Spencer Angelis drove him home with a single up the middle for his 14th RBI of the season.
The Pirates scored five runs, four earned, off HPU starter Nick Schumacher. The lefty took the loss, his first of the season, in his first collegiate start. He threw one inning, gave up two hits and walked two batters. ECU catcher Zach Wright hit a three-run homer of Schumacher in the first inning.
Junior right-hander Matt Armstead went 1-2/3 innings of relief and was tagged for eight runs, two earned, on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout. The Panthers made three errors while Armstead was on the mound.
Kevin Brandt threw three innings to earn the win for East Carolina. He walked two and struck out four on a scheduled staff day for the Pirates. He improves to 7-5 on the season.
High Point will finish the regular season with a Big South series at Winthrop beginning with a 6 p.m. game on Thursday. Junior Ryan Retz will take the mound for the Panthers. He is 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA in league games this season. His first conference loss came last weekend at Liberty. The series will continue Friday at 6 p.m. and conclude with a 2 p.m. game on Saturday.