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ECU sends off seniors with a bang

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Senior catcher Zach Wright's three-run homer was the first volley in a 13-run barrage over the first three innings that sent East Carolina to a 13-1 victory over High Point Tuesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

The Pirates piled on seven runs in the 2nd and three in the 3rd to essentially put away the win for senior lefthander Kevin Brandt (7-5), who pitched three hitless innings before handing off to freshman righthander Dylan Dickens.

Dickens, the first of what would be an ECU relay team of short-haul relievers, combined with junior southpaw Jake Harris, freshman righthander Deshorn Lake, senior righthander Lance Honeycutt and freshman rightie Dario Santangelo to pitch two-hit ball over the final six frames, keeping the Panthers' ambitions securely in check.

High point starter Nick Schumacher (0-1) was roughed up for five runs on three hits and two walks and took the loss. The senior leftie was credited in the scorebook with only one inning of work but surrendered a double and a walk to start the 2nd before junior righthander Matt Armstead began a parade of five pitchers from the Panthers' bullpen.

The Pirates (33-19-1) banged out 14 hits with John Wooten leading the way. The junior outfielder/third baseman was 4-for-5, scored a pair of runs and had 2 RBIs. Sophomore shortstop Jack Reinheimer went 3-for-5, crossed the plate once and had an RBI.

No batter hit safely more than once for High Point (24-28).

Coming in the final home game of their ECU careers, the rout served as a grand sendoff for seniors Brandt, Honeycutt, Wright, Corey Thompson, Mike Ussery and Tim Younger.

East Carolina closes the regular season with games at Virginia Military Institute on Friday (2 p.m.) and Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday (2 p.m.) before heading to Pearl, Mississippi, for next week's Conference USA Tournament.

PAGE UPDATED 05/16/12 04:35 AM.

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