No. 12 ECU pounds No. 9 Duke 9-2 to snap two-game skid

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Published: Apr. 17, 2018 at 11:03 PM EDT
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DURHAM, N.C. – Jake Agnos allowed one run in five innings, while Jake Washer (3 hits) and Dwanya Williams-Sutton (3 hits) led a 15-hit attack helping No. 11 ECU to a 9-2 win over No. 3 Duke Tuesday night at Jack Coombs Field. With the win the Pirates improve to 27-9 on the season while the Blue Devils drop to 30-8.

How It Happened:

Duke jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the home half of the first inning when Zack Kone drove a ball to deep left field scoring Jimmy Herron from third. Herron got the frame going when he was hit by an Agnos pitch and took third on Chris Proctor’s hit and run through the left side before coming home on Kone’s sac fly. ECU responded in the fourth taking a 2-1 lead. Connor Litton doubled home Washer before he stole third and scored on a Proctor throwing error. The Pirates added to their lead in the fifth scoring two runs for a 4-1 advantage. Andrew Henrickson walked and took second on Bryant Packard’s single through the right side. Brady Lloyd dropped down a sac bunt where pitcher Bryce Jarvis over threw the third baseman allowing Henrickson to score. Two batters later Packard darted home on Spencer Brickhouse’s RBI ground out to second extending the lead to three, 4-1. Alec Burleson’s second hit of the game produced another run for the Pirates in the sixth. Williams-Sutton doubled to start the frame and came around to score on Burleson’s base hit through the left side pushing the lead to four, 5-1. Kennie Taylor’s one-out double scored Joey Loperfido, who also doubled with one down pulling within three, 5-2, in the seventh. ECU capped the scoring by plating four runs in the ninth for a 9-2 victory.

Godwin’s Take:

“I’m really proud of the way the guys played and responded after a tough weekend. We played really well and it started on the mound with Jake Agnos, Ryan Ross and Gavin Williams. The defense was great and offensively we were locked in from one through nine in the order with quality at-bats.”

Pirate Pitchers:

Jake Agnos (4-2) got the win working five solid frames scattering three hits and allowing one run (earned) with a pair of walks and four strikeouts. Ryan Ross gave up one run (earned) on two hits with a strikeout in three relief innings, while Gavin Williams tossed a scoreless ninth with a strikeout.

Blue Devils Staff:

Bill Chillari worked four innings allowing a pair of runs (both earned) on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts before turning the game over to his bullpen. Four Blue Devils came out of the pen in Bryce Jarvis (1.1 IP, 2 Hs, 3 Rs, 1 BB), Graeme Stinson (2.2 IP, 4 Hs, 2 Rs, 5 Ks), Matt Mervis (0.0 IP, 2 Hs, 2 Rs) and Matt Dockman (1.0 IP, 2 Hs).

ECU Bats:

All starting nine hitters for the Pirates registered at least one hit on the night. Washer and Wiliams-Sutton each had three base knocks, while Burleson and Litton collected two. Brickhouse and Washer drove in two runs, while the trio of Henrickson, Packard and Washer touched home twice.

Player-of-the-Game:

Washer tallied his 10th multi-hit and team-leading 10th multi-RBI game … He went 3-for 4 with a walk reaching base four times … The redshirt sophomore extended his hit streak to 12 games with a single to start the fourth inning.

Things To Know:

ECU improved to 11-2 in true road games this season …

The Pirates pushed their mark to 16-2 when producing double-digit hits …

The win was the first for the Pirates over a Top 5 team this season and first since taking a road series at No. 4 Virginia in 2016 … On the year, ECU is 7-4 against nationally-ranked opponents in 2018 …

ECU improved to 3-1 in games against the Atlantic Coast Conference this season …

The Pirates stole six bases the most in a game since taking eight against UCF in 2007 …

Burleson made his first start at first base since March 30 (vs. Wichita State) … He recorded his third multi-hit game of the year going 2-for-4 with an RBI …

Henrickson extended his on-base streak to 10 games with a walk in the fifth … He extended his hit streak to a personal-best 10 games with a single to right field in the ninth …

Packard pushed his hit streak to 14 games and on-base streak to 19 with his base hit in the fifth …

Williams-Sutton swiped a career-best three bases pushing his season total to nine, which is tied for the team lead with Lloyd …

Up Next:

ECU will continue its five-game road stand when it travels to Memphis for a three-game American Athletic Conference series. First pitch of the weekend is schedule for 7:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday, April 20 from FedEx Park.