GREENVILLE, N.C. (ECU) – NCAA Greenville Regional top seed ECU won its third-straight elimination game Monday afternoon, defeating No. 3 seed Campbell 10-3 at Clark-LeClair Stadium to force a deciding game seven. That contest will take place at 7 p.m.
The victory was the 200th of head coach Cliff Godwin’s career.
Alec Burleson (6-1) threw five innings in the win, allowing two runs on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Kevin Westlake (3-3) was the losing pitcher as he surrendered four runs on four hits with two walks in just two innings of work.
Bryant Packard had a monster game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI. Alec Burleson and Jake Washer also combined for four hits and five RBI. Luis Gimenez rapped out four hits for the Camels while Spencer Packard was 3-for-5 and drove in two runs.
The Pirates (46-16) jumped on top in the first inning when Packard singled and later scored on a Washer sacrifice fly. Campbell (37-20) answered in the home half of the frame. Matthew Barefoot singled through the right side and Gimenez singled to center with one out. Packard then hit a double to left that scored both runners to give the Camels a 2-1 lead.
ECU tied the game in the top of the second, manufacturing a run when Brady Lloyd drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a sac bunt, stole third and scored on a Ryder Giles sac fly. Bryson Worrell followed with a sharp single through the left side and scored on a Packard double to put the Pirates ahead 3-2.
After Burleson worked a perfect inning in the bottom of the second, ECU tacked on single runs in the third and fourth frames to build a 5-2 cushion. The Pirates then exploded for four runs on four hits and a Camel error to pull ahead 9-2. A two-run Packard single and two-run double off the bat of Burleson accounted for the offense in the inning.
Campbell attempted to rally in the bottom of the sixth and pulled within 9-3 on the strength of a Zach Minnick RBI double, but Washer belted his fourth home run of the regional into the trees in left to re-establish ECU’s seven-run lead.
Cam Colmore and Garrett Saylor combined to pitch the last three innings and allowed just two base runners the rest of the way.