MOUNT PLEASANT, SC — Home runs from Spencer Brickhouse, Eric Tyler and T.J. Riles helped East Carolina to its ninth straight win as the Pirates topped host College of Charleston, 12-7, on Tuesday.
ECU overcame an early 4-1 deficit to improve to 9-3 going into the second of a two-game series with the Cougars at 2:30 p.m. today.
Tyler’s solo homer in the top of the second tied the score at 1 before the hosts scored three runs in the bottom of the frame.
ECU scored twice in the third to close the gap to 4-3. Riles led off with a single and Charlie Yorgen doubled. Turner Bown had a sacrifice fly and Yorgen scored on a single by Travis Watkins.
The Pirates went ahead 6-4 in the fourth after a leadoff walk to Brickhouse. Bryant Packard singled with one away and Brickhouse came home on a sacrifice fly by Kirk Morgan. Riles hit a two-run homer to right field to put ECU ahead to stay.
Watkins singled with one away in ECU’s three-run seventh. Luke Bolka reached on an error and Brickhouse singled to score Watkins. Bolka stole home and Tyler’s double down the right field line brought in Brickhouse.
The Pirates added three more runs in the eighth after a one-out single by Brown. Watkins had an RBI double. Brickhouse’s two-run homer to right completed the scoring for ECU, providing a 12-6 lead.
Chris Holba, Hunter Hood, Sam Lanier, Ryan Ross and Tyler Smith turned in mound stints for the Pirates. Lanier (2-1) was credited with the win.
ECU outhit the Cougars 15-9 and overcame three errors compared to two for the hosts.
Watkins and Riles each went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Tyler was 3-for-5 with a run and two RBIs. Brickhouse was 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. Brown was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.