04/07/10 — Eastern Wayne hurlers struggle vs. Rose

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Eastern Wayne hurlers struggle vs. Rose

By Andrew Stevens
Published in Sports on April 7, 2010 1:47 PM

GREENVILLE -- Looking to build some momentum before returning to conference play, Eastern Wayne delivered a performance it will have to quickly forget.

The Warriors allowed 10 runs in the first two innings on their way to a 13-7 loss to J.H. Rose on Tuesday night in the final game of the Jimmie R. Grimsley Hot Stove League Classic at Guy Smith Stadium.

Eastern Wayne allowed eight walks and committed three errors.

Making his first start since facing Rose on March 16 in New Hope, Eastern Wayne's Josh Frederick labored through 11/3 innings. The left-hander permitted nine runs (six earned) on four hits with five walks and three strikeouts.

Warren Harvey's three-run home run in the bottom of the first gave the Rampants an early lead. The Warriors committed a pair of second-inning errors. Rose erupted for seven runs on six hits and two walks, chasing Frederick from the mound.

Zack Mozingo yielded four earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

"When you walk eight batters and make three errors you're not going to beat anybody," said Eastern Wayne head coach Jabo Fulghum. "You're just not going to beat anybody. That right there was a poor pitching performance.

"I expect more out of our pitchers than that. We're too experienced to pitch no better than we did."

Frederick lined an RBI single in the top of the second and Jose Ponce belted a solo home run to left field in the top of the third. Robert Faucette's two-run homer to left in the top of the fifth inning cut the deficit to 10-4.

Cambric Moye's RBI double in the top of the sixth pulled the Warriors to within 10-5.

Rose tacked on three runs in the home half of the sixth.

Greg Simms had an RBI single in the top of the seventh, but Eastern Wayne left runners on the corners to end the ballgame.

The Warriors had 17 runners reach base, but stranded nine. Eastern Wayne (7-8 overall) left two runners aboard in the first, second, sixth and seventh innings; and a single runner in the fourth.

The Warriors entertain North Lenoir next Tuesday.

"We've got to forget this one and worry about our conference when we come back," said Fulghum. "I was hoping we would play a lot better than what we did. You want to have a good feeling when you leave here and we've got to be able to forget this game.

"We've just got to have a short memory."