COLLEGE PARK, Md. (ECU) – Tyler Smith allowed one run over six innings, while Alec Burleson collected a pair of hits helping No. 14 ECU to a 2-1 series win over Maryland at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Pirates improve to 14-6 on the season while the Terrapins fall to 10-7.
ECU scored two runs in the second inning taking an early 2-0 lead. With two away and Burleson standing on third, Brady Lloyd reached on an infield single to second plating Burleson. Lloyd, who stole second, came around to score when Dusty Baker’s fly ball dropped in front of Caleb Walls for an RBI single.
Smith (2-0) earned the win allowing just one run (earned) on three hits with a pair of strikeouts and two walks in a season-high six innings. Burleson notched his first save of the year tossing three scoreless frames of relief where he issued two walks and fanned three.
Zach Thompson (1-2) took the loss giving up two runs (both earned) on four hits with a walk and punch out in eight strong innings. Andrew Vaile worked the ninth recording a pair of strikeouts and surrendering a hit.
The Terrapins finally got on the board in the fourth pulling within one, 2-1. Trevor Wright got the frame going with a one-out double to right field. After stealing third and moving 90-feet away from home, Wright darted home on a passed ball for Maryland’s lone run. Later in the inning, Maryland had a chance to knot the game at two-all with Maxwell Costes standing on third and two away, but Smith got Seb Holte-Mancera to ground out to short ending the Terrapins chances.
The Pirates tallied just five hits on the afternoon getting a pair from Burleson, who registered his team-leading 10th multi-hit game of the year. Baker, Brown and Lloyd also recorded base knocks while Baker and Lloyd drove in the only Pirate runs. Both of ECU’s runs came with two outs pushing its series total to nine two-out runs.
ECU will look for a road series sweep when it returns to the diamond Sunday, March 17. First pitch of the weekend finale is set for 1 p.m. (ET).