No. 11 ECU defeats UNCW 6-4
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Connor Litton and Jake Washer each hit home runs helping No. 11 ECU to a 6-4 win over instate foe UNC Wilmington Tuesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Pirates improve to 21-6 on the season, while the Seahawks fall to 19-9.
How It Happened:
Trailing 1-0, the Pirates plated four runs in the second taking a 4-1 lead and never looked back. Litton led off the frame with a solo home run to right field tying the game at one-all. Two batters later Andrew Henrickson singled to left then stole second base. After Nick Barber walked with two outs, Bryant Packard’s RBI single up the middle plated Henrickson, Barber scored on a wild pitch and Packard touched home on Brady Lloyd’s single to right before he was thrown out at second base. A solo home run by Zack Canada pulled UNCW within two, 4-2, in the third but ECU responded in the home half of the frame on Washer’s solo shot to right field. The Seahawks pushed a pair across in the seventh making it a one run game at 5-4. Canada drove in Brycen Braswell when he reached on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice and then Mason Berne drove in his second run (other was solo homer in the second) on a sac fly that scored Noah Bridges. ECU added an insurance run on Litton’s RBI single through the left side that plated Spencer Brickhouse in the eighth to cap the scoring at 6-4.
“It’s good anytime you can when, but I thought we played good baseball tonight. I thought Jake (Agnos) pitched well and Davis (Kirkpatrick) came into a tough situation gave up two runs and got a hold right there. Brady (Lloyd) made a great play in the seventh to get Jeffers out at second base. We didn’t have a lot of hits tonight so to speak, but lined out a lot and hit the ball hard. The guys had some great at-bats and we were able to add on late with Connor Litton’s two-out RBI in the eighth.”
Alec Burleson (2-0) picked up the win in relief allowing a pair of runs (both earned) on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings of work. Ryan Ross notched his third save of the year tossing two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts. Starter Jake Agnos surrendered two runs (both earned) on four hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts in four frames. Davis Kirkpatrick also tossed a scoreless inning allowing a walk.
Breydan Gorham (0-3) took the loss giving up four runs (all earned) on five hits with a walk and two punch outs in two innings. The Seahawks also got outings from Blake Morgan (4.0 IP, 2 Hs, 1 R), Austin Easter (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R) and Austin Warren (0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K).
The Pirates pounded out nine hits on the night getting at least one from seven of their nine starters. Henrickson and Litton led the way with two hits each, while Litton drove in a team-best two runs. Eight of ECU nine starters reached base in the contest, while six different players scored a run.
Litton hit his sixth home run of the season and extended his streak with one in three-straight games with his solo shot to lead off the second inning, which also extended his hit streak to nine games. He tallied his 10th multi-hit and fourth multi-RBI game of the season after going 2-for-4 on the night with a pair of RBI and one run scored.
Things To Know:
Lloyd pushed his hit streak to six games and on-base streak to nine with his RBI single in the second …
Packard’s on-base streak reached double-digits (10 games) with his RBI single in the middle …
Washer’s home run in the third, the third of the season, was also his second career game-winning RBI …
Henrickson tallied his fourth multi-hit game of the year after going 2-for-3 on the night …
ECU pushed its win streak to four games over UNCW …
ECU will close out its five-game home stand Wednesday, April 4 when it plays host to Wofford with a 6:30 p.m. (ET) scheduled first pitch.