CHARLOTTE, N.C. – East Carolina completed a Conference USA series sweep at Charlotte taking both games of the Saturday afternoon double header 8-5 and 5-2 at Hayes Stadium. With the wins the Pirates improve to 13-11 overall and 6-3 in league play, while the Niners drop to 3-16-1 and 0-9.
Ben Fultz continued his hot hitting in the second game of the doubleheader staking ECU to a 3-0 lead in the first with a two-run triple down the right field line. Zach Houchins, who singled up the middle with two outs, scored on Bryce Harman’s infield single that was coupled with an errant throw by Mikal Hill at short trying to get the force at third. Fultz stepped to the plate with runners on first and third drilling a Brock Hudgens pitch down the line for his second triple of the season.
David Lucroy (1-3) picked up his first win allowing two runners to reach on the day in seven full innings on the mound with five strikeouts. The right-hander surrendered base hit in the fourth and issued a walk in the fifth, but sat down the Niners in order six times. Jacob Wolfe gave up a pair of runs (one earned) on three hits with a strikeout before Ryan Williams came in to record the save, his second of the season.
Hudgens dropped to 0-3 on the year allowing five runs (all earned) on six hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts. Jordan Hudson worked a perfect ninth in relief.
Back-to-back RBI doubles by Fultz and Eric Tyler pushed ECU’s lead to five, 5-0, in the third frame. Ian Townsend walked with one out and raced around the bases on Fultz’ two-base hit to right field. Tyler followed with a double down the left field line plating Fultz easily.
Charlotte broke through with a pair of runs in the eighth when Des Roberts scored on a passed ball just before Brad Elwood’s RBI single through the right side plated Hill.
The Pirates will be back in action next Tuesday, Mar. 25 when it plays host to instate rival UNC Wilmington with a 6 p.m. (ET) first pitch scheduled.