No. 10 ECU cruises past Norfolk State, 9-1

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Published: May. 8, 2018 at 10:57 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. – The trio of Brady Lloyd, Bryant Packard and Dwanya Williams-Sutton each hit home runs, while Jake Kuchmaner notched his second win of the season helping No. 10 ECU to a 9-1 win over Norfolk State Tuesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Pirates improve to 34-12 overall and the Spartans fall to 17-26.

How It Happened:

Packard put the Pirates up early in the first inning belting his fourth leadoff home run of the year (11th long ball of the season) in the first inning staking ECU to a 1-0 lead. Turner Brown’s sac bunt in the second pushed across another run scoring Lloyd to stretch the lead to two, 2-0. In the third, Williams-Sutton blasted fourth home run, a solo blast to left field, and three batters later Lloyd hit a two-run shot to left capping a three-run frame making it a 5-0 game. From there, ECU would score a run in the fourth (Williams-Sutton double) and three in the eighth (Bryson Worrell 2 RBI double and Alec Burleson single) for a 9-0 advantage before the Spartans plated a run in the ninth.

Godwin’s Comments:

“The velocity their starter was throwing wasn’t something we are used to seeing, but I thought it was good for Packard, Dwanya and Brady to get us going early with home runs. I thought our guys that came off the bench played well with Bryson getting a two-run, two-out double and Burleson following with an RBI single. I also liked the way we pitched tonight and we were able to get some guys work that really haven’t pitched a lot this year.”

Pirate Pitchers:

Kuchmaner (2-0) got the win on a pre-determined outing tossing four shutout frames where he allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three. ECU would use four arms out of the bullpen getting outings from Gavin Williams (1.1 IP, 1 BB), West Covington (1.2 IP, 1 K), Willy Strong (1.1 IP, 1 R, 1K) and Cole Beavin (0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB).

Spartans Staff:

Tyler Morgan (0-3) suffered the loss giving up two runs (one earned) on one hit with two walks before turning the game over to his bullpen. Norfolk State got outings from Trey Hanchey (3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 Rs, 4 Ks), Joey Santos (1.0 IP, 2 BBs, 1 K), Jalen Rudolph (1.1 IP), Nick McGuire (0.1 IP, 1 R) and Seth Hockett (0.1 IP, 3 Hs, 2 Rs, 2 BBs).

ECU Bats:

The Pirates registered nine hits on the night getting a pair each from Seth Caddell and Williams-Sutton. Five others collected a hit including Packard, who extended his hit streak to 24 games. Lloyd, Williams-Sutton and Worrell each drove in a pair of runs, while Nick Barber and Lloyd both crossed home twice. Packard also reached base three times on the night (home run, two walks).

Things To Know:

Packard pushed his hit streak to 24 games (third longest in Pirate history) with a leadoff home run in the first frame, which also extended his on-base streak to 29 games …

Brickhouse extended his on-base streak to 16 games with his walk in the first inning …

Williams-Sutton hit his third home run in last three games with his shot in the second inning … The junior also saved a run making a home run robbing catch in the top of the second off the bat of Mikey Delgado … With his two hits and two RBI, he now has 10 multi-hit and three multi-RBI games on the season …

ECU extended its win streak to four games and has now won 12-straight non-conference games …

Up Next:

ECU hits the road Wednesday, May 9 when it travels to UNC Wilmington for a 6 p.m. (ET) scheduled firsts pitch at Brooks Field.