ECU completes sweep at Memphis

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Published: Apr. 21, 2018 at 10:52 PM EDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tyler Smith picked up his sixth win of the season, while Bryant Packard tallied five hits and Dwanya Williams-Sutton collected four in a doubleheader sweep at American Athletic Conference foe Memphis Saturday with a pair of 4-2 wins inside FedExPark. With the sweep the Pirates improve to 30-9 on the season and 8-4 in league play and the Tigers fall to 13-28 on the year and 1-11 in conference action.

How It Happened (G1):

Memphis put up a pair of runs early in the first frame taking a 2-0 lead. Colton Neel singles through the right side and two batters later came around to score on Alec Trela’s infield single to short and a throwing error by Turner Brown. Cale Henneman followed with an RBI single that plated Trela accounting for both runs. The Pirates got on the board in the fifth scoring four runs taking a 4-2 lead. With a Brown standing on first and one out, Chandler Jenkins single to center putting runners on the corners for Packard, who single to right field plating ECU’s first run. Brady Lloyd followed with another single loading the bases for Spencer Brickhouse who singled through the left side scoring Jenkins. Jake Washer drew a bases loaded walking pushing across Packard and Lloyd scored on a wild pitch to cap the scoring in the contest.

How It Happened (G2):

The Pirates plated a run in the first, one in the second and two in the third taking an early 4-0 lead and held on for the series sweep over the Tigers. Connor Litton’s double-play ball second allowed Packard to score the game’s first run and giving ECU a 1-0 advantage. In the second, Andrew Henrickson’s RBI ground out pushed across Williams-Sutton, who led off the frame with a double and took third on a passed ball pushing the lead to two, 2-0. In the third, the Pirates scratched across two more runs extending the lead to 4-0. Packard led off the frame with a solo blast to left field to get the frame going. After a Tiger pitching change, Lloyd was hit by a pitch, moved to second on Litton’s sac bunt but was erased on Brickhouse’s single. Williams-Sutton doubled for the second time of the contest scoring Brickhouse for a four-run lead. Memphis finally got on the board in the sixth scoring a pair of runs and cutting the lead to two, 4-2. With the bases juiced and no outs, Hennemann greeted new Pirate pitcher Gavin Williams with a two-run single to right field capping the scoring in game two.

Godwin’s Take:

“I thought we had awesome pitching, played great defense and got clutch hitting today to get a pair of wins. I thought we played more like ourselves in game two today where guys really came out and were ready to play. We put up four runs early and then they brought in their best reliever and we couldn’t scratch any runs across. But, all our pitchers in game two (Tyler Smith, Gavin Williams, Jake Agnos and Zach Barnes) were all really good out on the mound today. Anytime you go on the road and get a series win is awesome and obviously sweeping a series on the road is very hard to do.”

Pirate Pitchers (G1):

Davis Kirkpatrick (2-0) got the win in relief working two scoreless frames where he allowed a pair of hits with a walk and one strikeout. Starter Alec Burleson pitched a career-best 4.1 innings where he gave up two runs (both unearned) on five hits with four strikeouts. Ryan Ross notched his team-leading fifth save tossing 2.2 perfect frames with a pair of punch outs.

Pirate Pitchers (G2):

Smith (6-1) picked up the win going five-plus innings where he allowed two runs (both earned) on two hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts. The trio of Williams (1.0 IP, 1 H 2 Ks), Jake Agnos (2.0 IP, 2 BBs, 4Ks) and Zach Barnes (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) tossed a combined four shutout frames. Barnes recorded his first save of the season for ECU.

Tigers Staff (G1):

Jonathan Bowlan (1-6) took the loss allowing four runs (all earned) on eight hits with a pair of walks and five punch outs in seven innings. Riley Cabral worked two scoreless frames in relief issuing a walk and fanning three.

Tigers Staff (G2):

Danny Denz (1-3) suffered the loss giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits with one strikeout in two innings. Hunter Smith (4.0 IP, 4 Hs, 1 R, 2 Ks), Blake Bennett (2.2 IP, 2 Hs, 1 K) and Taylor Bobo (0.1 IP, 1 K) all worked out of the pen for the Tigers.

ECU Bats (G1):

Lloyd and Packard led the Pirates eight-hit attack each collecting two hits in the game. Brickhouse, Packard and Washer each drove in a run, while Brown, Jenkins, Lloyd and Packard all crossed home.

ECU Bats (G2):

The Pirates pounded out 10 hits in game two getting multiple base knocks from Packard (three), Henrickson (two) and Williams-Sutton (two). Packard scored a pair of runs including one on his 10th home run of the year, which leads ECU. Henrickson and Williams-Sutton also had RBI, while Brickhouse and Williams-Sutton both scored runs.

Things To Know:

The Pirates picked up their 30th win (in 39 games) and became the ninth team in country to hit the 30-win total … ECU’s 30-9 record is tied for the sixth-best start in program history following the 1990 (34-5), 1986 (33-6), 2004 (33-6), 1989 (32-7) and 1999 (31-9) seasons …

ECU recorded its fourth three-game sweep of the season and first in league play – also have sweeps Charlotte, Maryland and Western Carolina …

The sweep is also the Pirates eighth weekend series win of the year …

ECU improved to 14-2 in true road games this season, which ranks second nationally …

The Pirates pushed their mark to 18-2 when producing double-digit hits …

Packard extended his current hit streak to 17 games after collecting two base knocks in Game 1 and three in Game 2 … The hit-streak is tied for seventh in the program annuals … He also pushed his on-base streak to 22 games and tallied his team-leading 10th home run and 15th multi-hit game of the season …

Henrickson’s on-base streak reached a career-high 13 games single in the second inning in Game 2 …

Washer saw his 13-game hit streak come to an end in Game 1 (0-for-3), but he extended his on-base streak to 14 games with a walk in the fourth in Game 1 – did not record an official at-bat in Game 2 …

Four Pirates added to their multi-hit game totals on the day in Lloyd (14), Litton (13), Henrickson (9) and Williams-Sutton (8) …

Up Next:

ECU will close out its five-game road trip on Tuesday, April 24 when it travels to Raleigh to take on No. 2 NC State. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. (ET) at Doak Field.