ECU Baseball splits first two games of LeClair Classic

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (ECU) – ECU split its first two games of the 2019 LeClair Classic picking up a 7-6 walk-off win over Utah in 10 innings before dropping the night game against Wright State 12-4 Saturday at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the split, the Pirates are 7-4 on the season while Wright State improved to 4-3 and Utah is 4-5.

ECU notched its seventh win of the season in a walk-off fashion in the 10th inning, its first extra-inning contest since 2017. With one out and the bases loaded, Dusty Baker stepped to the plate and delivered a first-pitch offering from Dustyn Schramm to center field scoring Christian Jayne for a 7-6 final. Alec Burleson led off the 10th with a double and was immediately replaced for Jayne as a base runner. Jake Washer followed with a walk before both moved up on Spencer Brickhouse’s ground out. After Ryder Giles was walked intentionally, Baker came through with a single up the middle.

Evan Voliva (2-1) earned the win in relief tossing 2.1 scoreless frames with a walk and three strikeouts. Burleson, the starter, allowed three runs (all earned) on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five innings. Zach Barnes (1.0 IP, 2 HS, 1 R, 1 K) and Trey Benton (1.2 IP, 4 Hs, 2 Rs 2 Ks) bridged the gap to Voliva.

Schramm (1-1) suffered the loss allowing one run (earned) on two hits with four walks in two innings. Starter Kyle Robeniol surrendered four runs (all earned) on 10 hits with a walk and a strikeout in five frames. Jacob Rebar (1.0 IP, 2 Hs, 1 R, 1 K) and Zac McCleve (1.1 IP, 2 Hs, 1 R, 2 BBs) also pitched out of the bullpen.

With the game knotted at four-all in the middle of the sixth when play resumed Saturday after play was halted the day before due to rain, ECU scored a pair of runs in the seventh taking a 6-4 lead. Baker plated Brickhouse for the first run and Lane Hoover’s third hit of the game scored Baker.

Utah responded with two runs in the top of the eighth tying the game at six. Rykker Tom singled to right with one out and came around to score on Chandler Anderson’s two-run homer off of Benton to left field.

In the second game of the day, ECU fell to Wright State 12-4. The Raiders jumped out to an early 4-0 lead pushing across four runs in the second inning. Alex Alders reached on a wild pitch strikeout to start the inning and moved to second on Seth Gray’s single through the right side. After Zach Weatherford was hit by a Jake Agnos pitch to load the bases, Chase Slone plated the first run on a ground out to second base. Justin McConnell followed with a two-RBI double down the left field line and Brandon Giltrow had an RBI double accounting for all four runs.

Zane Collins (1-2) picked up the win allowing one run (unearned) on three hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Tristan Haught was touched for three runs (all earned) on five hits with two walks and a pair of punch outs in 2.1 innings, while Sam Wirsing tossed the final frame issuing a walk and surrendering a hit.

Agnos (1-1) took the loss giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits with a pair of walks and nine strikeouts in 4.2 innings. The Pirates used five arms out of the bullpen getting relief from Cam Colmore (1.1 IP, 2 Rs, 2 Ks), Carter Spivey (0.0 IP, 3 Rs), Connor Norby (0.2 IP, 1 R), Garrett Saylor (1.1 IP, 1 R) and Evan Odum (1.0 IP, 1 K).

Wright State scored a run in the fifth taking a 5-0 lead before ECU finally pushed through with a run of its own in the sixth when Brickhouse scored on an errant throw from Gray at third over to first base. Leading 5-1, the Raiders tacked on six runs in the seventh inning on six hits with one ECU error for an 11-1 advantage.

ECU scored a run in the seventh on Burleson’s RBI single and two in the eighth on Jayne’s bases loaded walk and Bryson Worrell’s RBI fielder’s choice capping the scoring at 12-4.

Giles collected a team-high two hits in the second game, while Burleson (three), Turner Brown (two), Hoover (three) and Worrell had multiple base knocks vs. the Utes.

The Pirates will close out the LeClair Classic on Sunday, March 3 when it squares off against Western Carolina. First pitch is slated for 1:30 p.m. (ET).