No. 16 ECU evens series with No. 18 Wichita State with 7-3 win
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Chris Holba allowed one run over six innings, while Connor Litton (solo) and Brady Lloyd (two-run) each hit home runs lifting No. 16 ECU to a 7-3 win over No. 18 Wichita State in American Athletic Conference action Friday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the win the Pirates even the series and improve to 19-6 overall and 3-2 in AAC play, while the Shockers fall to 19-5 and 1-1 in league action.
How It Happened:
ECU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the third thanks to Lloyd’s RBI base hit. With Chandler Jenkins on third and Nick Barber on first, Lloyd slapped a single past a diving Alec Bohm scoring Jenkins for the game’s first run. Two innings later, Dayton Dugas’ solo blast to left field in the fifth tied the game at one all. Spencer Brickhouse broke the tie in the home half of the fifth with a sac fly to center scoring Barber from third giving ECU a 2-1 lead after five frames. Litton’s fourth home run of the season, solo shot to left field, extended the Pirates lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Shockers pulled within one in the seventh on Jordan Boyer’s fielder’s choice that scored Jacob Katzfey making it a 3-2 ball game. Lloyd’s second hit of the game and first career home run, a two-run shot to left, pushed the Pirates lead to 5-2 in the seventh inning. ECU would tack on two more runs in the eighth Jenkins second double of the night and Bryson Worrell’s base hit through the right side. Wichita State scored in the top of the ninth on Gunnar Troutwine’s second homer of the series (fifth of the season) capping the scoring at 7-3.
“I felt like our guys would respond after last night as we have done a good job of that this year. That’s been our motto “Be Where Your Feet Are” whether we won the night before or get beat by 12 or 14 runs. I thought Chris Holba was tremendous on the mound as well as the bullpen. We had some really tough at-bats early on and were able to tack on some runs late to win the game, which was key.”
Holba (6-0) allowed one run (earned) on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks in six frames registering his fourth quality start of the season. Davis Kirkpatrick notched his first save of the year surrendering one run (earned) on one hit with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. The Pirates also got work from Ryan Ross (0.0 IP, 2 Hs, 1 R), Gavin Williams (1.0 IP) and Jake Agnos (0.2 IP, 3 BBs, 2 Ks) out of the bullpen.
Liam Eddy (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season after giving up three runs (all earned) on seven hits with a walk and three punch outs over five frames. Cody Tyler (1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 Rs, 1 BB, 2 Ks) and Tyler Davis (1.2 IP, 4 Hs, 2 Rs, 1 K) combined to pitch the final three frames.
The Pirates registered 12 hits on the night getting two each from Jenkins (two doubles), Litton (single, home run) and Lloyd (single, home run). Lloyd tallied his team-leading 11th multi-hit game of the season, while Litton pushed his total to nine. Lloyd plated a game-high three runs, while Jenkins scored twice in the contest. Eight of ECU’s starting nine collected one hit in the game.
Kirkpatrick picked up his second career save (first since 2016) after fanning All-America centerfielder Greyson Jenista to end the game. The righty entered the contest in the eighth with two outs and the bases loaded retiring Dugas on three pitches to stave off a potential explosive frame for the Shockers.
Things To Know:
ECU improved to 11-1 on the season when tallying double-digit hits in a game …
Bryant Packard extended his on-base streak to eight games with his single in the fifth inning …
Litton’s hit streak moved to seven games with a single in the second …
Lloyd registered his second multi-RBI game of the season with his three RBI …
The win was the Pirates fifth against nationally-ranked opponents this season (UNC/twice, UCF/twice) …
ECU and Wichita State will conclude the three-game series Saturday, March 31. The rubber-match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (ET) first pitch.