April 5, 2002
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Darryl Lawhorn's two-run single in the seventh inning lifted East Carolina from a 4-3 deficit to a 5-4 lead and the Pirates held on to that advantage over No. 5 Houston on Friday in the first game of a Conference USA series at Harrington Field.
The series continues at 6 p.m. (Central) Saturday and wraps up with an 11 a.m. (Central) game Sunday. Sunday's game time was moved up one hour to its current slot from the original schedule.
ECU reliever Neal Sears earned the win after tossing 1.1 innings of one-hit relief to improve to 4-0 this season. UH reliever Nathan Mitchell dropped to 1-1 after allowing two hits and one run in 1.2 innings.
Chris Snyder and Brett Cooley each rapped out two hits to lead the Cougar offense, which tallied seven hits in the game. Anthony Scalise led all players with three RBIs, and Stuart Musslewhite extended his career-best hitting streak to nine straight games.
Clayton McCullough went 3-for-4 to lead the Pirate offense and tied with Lawhorn for ECU game-high honors with two RBIs apiece.
Anthony Scalise gave the Cougars a 3-0 lead in the third inning with a three-run shot over the left field wall, his first homer of the season. After the first two batters were retired in order, Gabe Lucas walked and moved to second base when Michael Bourn reached on an ECU infield error. Scalise then launched an 0-2 offering from ECU starter Sam Narron over the wall.
ECU tied the game in the sixth inning with a three-spot of its own. Bryant Ward plated the first run with a single through the left side, and McCullough's two-run double tied the score at 3-3. The Pirates threatened for more, but Adam Stephens was thrown out at home while trying to score from first base on McCullough's double.
Cooley gave the Cougars the lead again in the top of the seventh inning when he blasted the first Narron offering over the left center field wall.