ECU Baseball sweeps Radford with 4-3 win

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (ECU) – Evan Voliva tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief while fanning a career-best five batters helping No. 11 ECU to a 4-3 series sweep of Radford Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Pirates improve to 3-0, while the Highlanders drop to 0-3.

With the tied a three-all in heading into the bottom of the seventh, Jake Washer singled home Christian Jaye from second with a shot through the left side giving the Pirates their first and only lead of the afternoon. Alec Burleson singled with one out before he was lifted for Jayne to pinch run. After Bryson Worrell popped out to second base, Spencer Brickhouse walked putting runners at first and second with two away setting up the game-winning run.

Voliva (1-0) picked up the win allowing just one hit in his 2.1 relief frames. Starter Tyler Smith allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Same Lanier closed out the contest notching his first save in over two years with 2.0 scoreless frames where he surrendered one hit, walked one and fanned two.

Cameron Fritz (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing Washer’s game-winning hit in the seventh. The righty surrendered one run (earned) on two hits with a pair of walks and two strikeouts. Cole Dunn, who made his first collegiate start for the Highlanders, gave up a run (earned) on four hits with two walks and one punch out in 5.0 innings. Cody Boone was touched for a pair of runs (both earned) on two hits in one-third of an inning, while Derek Domecq tossed a clean eighth frame with one strikeout.

Radford struck first scoring a pair of runs in the second inning for a 2-0 lead. With runners on second and third and one out, Straton Podaras scored the game’s first run on a Washer passed ball. J.D. Mundy scored on the play which was an RBI groundout to shortstop off the bat of Jimmy Goldsmith.

The Highlanders added to their lead in the third when Andrew Szamski grounded into a double play allowing David Bryant to cross home for a 3-0 advantage. Smith was in trouble early in the frame loading the bases before Szamski’s double play ball, then got Mundy to ground out limiting the threat to just one run.

ECU finally got on the board in the fourth thanks to Washer’s sac fly making it a 3-1 ball game. Brickhouse drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on Dunn’s failed pickoff attempt at first. Washer took a 3-0 count for a long ride to center easily allowing Brickhouse to touch home.

With the bases juiced in the sixth inning, Brady Lloyd’s RBI fielder’s choice allowed Worrell to score pulling the Pirates within one, 3-2. After a Highlander pitching change, Thomas Francisco walked to load the bases and Chandler Jenkins grounded out to short allowing Brickhouse to score for the second time on the day and knotting the game at three-all.

Washer led the Pirates with a pair of hits and drove in two runs, while six others contributed with a base knock. Brickhouse, who scored twice, drew a pair of walks and extended his current on-base streak to 36 games which dates back to the 2018 season. Francisco got his first career start at the hot corner going 1-for-2 with a walk and Burleson picked up his sixth hit of the young season with a single in the seventh stanza.

ECU will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 20 when it travels to Campbell for a midweek contest. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. (ET).