Pepperdine eases past East Carolina
By ECU Sports Information
Published in Sports on March 12, 2010 1:47 PM
MALIBU, Calif. -- Pepperdine sophomore Cole Cook tossed his first complete game to lead Pepperdine to a 5-3 win over 10th-ranked East Carolina at Eddy D. Field Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
Cook (1-2) fanned eight batters and allowed three runs (two earned) to record his first win of the season. The 2009 freshman All-American right-hander retired eight of the first 11 batters faced, including three by strikeout.
Pepperdine improved to 5-8 overall this season.
Kevin Brandt (1-1) suffered his first loss of 2010, working six innings and allowing five runs on six hits with one strikeout and two walks. After surrendering three runs in the first, Brandt retired 11 of the next 13 Wave hitters before Pepperdine scored twice in the sixth inning.
East Carolina knotted the game at 3-3 in the sixth on four hits and two Wave errors. Cam Freeman singled to right to start the inning and came home on Dustin Harrington's infield single that Cook sailed over the first baseman's head putting Harrington on third with no outs. Harrington extended his hitting streak to 20 games.
John Wooten reached on an error, which scored Harrington and wound up at second base. Wooten trotted home on Corey Thompson's RBI double to right center.
Cook retired the Pirates in the seventh and eighth innings in order before Thompson singled up the middle to start the ninth. But second baseman Joe Sever sealed ECU's fate when he caught a line drive by Zach Wright for the first out, and then threw out Homan and Philip Clark on a pair of grounders to end the game.
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