No. 11 ECU wins series at Washington 7-2

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Published: Apr. 7, 2018 at 8:54 PM EDT
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SEATTLE, Wash. – Bryant Packard hit a pair of home runs, while Tyler Smith allowed one run over seven innings lifting No. 11 ECU to a 7-2 series win over Washington Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark. With the win, the Pirates improve to 24-7 overall while the Huskies fall to 14-14 on the season.

How It Happened:

Playing its third game in the last 24 hours, ECU scored seven unanswered runs plating three in the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh for a 7-2 win over Washington. The Huskies jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the fourth thanks to an RBI infield single to third off the bat of Willie MacIver. Levi Jordan drew an opening frame walk, stole second, moved to third on a ground out before coming home on MacIver’s base hit. ECU responded with three in the fifth on Packard’s fifth home run of the season, a three-run shot, giving them a 3-1 lead. Andrew Henrickson and Dwanya Williams-Sutton had consecutive singles to open the frame before Packard’s moon shot to right field. The Pirates added to their lead in the sixth on Henrickson’s RBI single up the middle that scored Brickhouse from third. Packard (solo) and Jake Washer (2-run) both hit home runs in the eighth extending ECU’s lead to six, 7-1. The Huskies added a run in the eighth to cap the scoring at 7-2.

Godwin’s Take:

“Today started on the mound with Tyler Smith as he was outstanding. In his first couple of innings it was pouring down rain and he had to manage through pitching on a muddy mound and did a great job. Offensively Packard got us going with a three-run homer in the fifth, which allowed Tyler to settle down on the bump. We kept adding on with Henrickson’s two-out RBI in the sixth and Packard’s second home run with Washer’s two-run homer in the eighth. Ryan Ross was big for us coming in with the bases loaded, no outs and only give up one run. When you only give up one run with the bases loaded and less that two outs, it’s a good thing for sure. Then Davis came in and shut it down for us. It was a great team win. These guys are tough, battled their butts off and don’t make excuses and I’m really proud of them.”

Pirate Pitchers:

Tyler Smith (5-0) picked up the win allowing one run (earned) on three hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts for his third quality start of the season. The right-hander got 14 ground ball, two fly outs and only had two balls reach the outfield on the day. Three Pirates worked out of the bullpen in Gavin Williams (0.0 IP, 2 Hs, 1 R, 1 BB), Ryan Ross (1.1 IP, 1 K) and Davis Kirkpatrick (0.2 IP, 1 H).

Huskies Staff:

Jordan Jones (3-3) suffered the loss allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Five Huskies pitched in relief in Josh Burgmann (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K), Alex Hardy (1.0 IP, 3 Hs, 3 Rs, 1 K), Stevie Emanuels (0.2 IP, 2 Hs), Chris Micheles (0.0 IP, 1 H) and Leo Nierenberg (0.1 IP).

ECU Bats:

For the second time in the three-game series, the Pirates pounded out double-digit hits with 13 on the afternoon. Packard led the club offensively as he was one of four players with multiple hits collecting four. Joining him were Brickhouse (2), Henrickson (2) and Williams-Sutton (2). Packard belted a pair of home runs (3-run, solo), while Washer hit his fourth of the year – a two-run shot in the eighth. Seven of the Pirates starting nine registered at least one hit, while six crossed home plate.

Player-of-the-Game:

Packard registered his first career two-home run game going yard in the fifth and eighth frames (consecutive at-bats). The sophomore tied his career-high in hits (four) and RBI (four), while crossing home twice. He is the first Pirate to hit home runs in consecutive at-bats since Travis Watkins at Campbell in 2017 (May 16). Packard extended his hit streak (9 games) and on-base streak (13 games) with a single to start the game – both personal-bests …

Things To Know:

ECU improved to 14-1 when registering double-digit hits on the season …

With the win, the Pirates are now 8-0 (with four shutouts) in Game 3’s, have outscored their opponents 69-13 and won their seventh series of the season …

The win Saturday also marked the first time in program history that the Pirates have won road series against a team on the West Coast ...

Williams-Sutton extended his on-base streak to 10 games with a walk in the second inning … He tallied a pair of hits pushing his season total to four (had two hits in both game 1 and game 3 vs. Washington) …

Washer pushed his hit streak to a personal-best eight games with his two-run homer in the eighth inning …

Henrickson tallied a pair of hits on the day for his seventh multi-hit game of the season … Finished the series with five hits (two multi-hit games) …

Up Next:

ECU will close out its four-game road trip on Wednesday, April 11 when it travels to instate foe Elon. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. (ET).