No. 11 ECU wins slugfest over Wofford, 13-8
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Seth Caddell drove in a career-high five runs while Connor Litton hit a home run in his fourth-straight game and scored four times helping No. 11 ECU to a 13-8 win over Wofford Wednesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Pirates improve to 22-6, while the Terriers fall to 20-10.
How It Happened:
Trailing 8-6 going to the seventh inning, ECU scored six runs on four hits to take a 12-8 lead and held on for its fourth-straight win. Bryant Packard and Brady Lloyd led off the stanza with consecutive singles and Spencer Brickhouse loaded the bases with a walk. Jake Washer and Litton each followed with bases loaded walks before Andrew Henrickson singled through the left side making it a 9-8 ball game. Caddell laced a two-RBI single to left pushing across Washer and Litton and two batters later Nick Barber’s sac bunt scored Henrickson to cap the frame at 12-8. Litton belted his sixth home run of the season (solo shot) to left field giving the Pirates a five-run advantage, 13-8. Wofford scored single runs in the first, third and fifth frames before putting up five runs in the sixth. The Pirates plated three runs in the second (Caddell sac fly, Bryson Worrell RBI triple), two in the fourth (Caddell 2-run HR) and one in the fifth (Brickhouse RBI single) before making their comeback.
Zach Barnes (1-0) earned his first win of the season tossing 2.1 scoreless frames of relief with two strikeouts. Starter Jake Kuchmaner worked a career-best 4.1 innings allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits with one punch out. Will Strong (0.2 IP, 4 Hs, 3 Rs, 1 BB, 2 Ks) and Sam Lanier (1.2 IP, 3 Hs, 2 Rs, 3 Ks) also came out of the bullpen in relief.
Jake Hershman (0-2) suffered the loss in relief allowing three runs (all earned) on three hits with a walk and one strikeout in one inning. Starter Clay Schwaner went tossed two frames giving up three runs (all earned) on three hits before turning the game over to the bullpen. The Terriers also got outings from Scottie Wallace (3.0 IP, 3 Hs, 3 Rs, 2 Ks), Anthony Garcia (0.0 IP, 2 Hs, 3 Rs, 2 BBs), Matt Ellmyer (1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K), Ty Reginelli (0.2 IP, 3 Hs, 1 R, 1 K) and Tyler McGuigan (0.1 IP).
The Pirates pounded out 14 hits on the night getting multiple base knocks from Brickhouse (two), Caddell (three), Henrickson (two), Litton (two) and Packard (two). Connor (six) and Caddell (three) each hit home runs, while seven Pirates drove in at least one run in the contest.
Caddell had a career-night going 3-for-4 at the dish with a two-run homer, a two-run single and a sac fly. He drove in a career-best and team single-game high five runs, while tallying his second multi-hit game and third multi-RBI game of the year.
Things To Know:
ECU improved to 12-1 when registering double-digit hits …
Worrell made his first collegiate start manning centerfield going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored …
Washer extended his hit streak to a career-best five games with a single to right in the second inning … He scored two runs and drove in a run on the night …
Connor Litton’s hit streak moved to a career-best and team-best 10 games with his single to left in the second … He scored four runs marking the second Pirate this season with four or more runs in a game (other: Brady Lloyd 5 vs. Maryland) …
Packard extended his on-base streak to 11 games with a double to right-center in the fifth frame … With his two hits, he registered his ninth multi-hit game of the year …
Lloyd extended his hit streak to seven games with a single in the seventh …
ECU will hit the road for a three-game tilt on the west coast taking on Pac-12 member Washington starting Friday, April 6. First pitch of the series is set for 9:05 p.m. (ET).