GREENVILLE — Charlotte broke a scoreless deadlock with East Carolina on Friday at Clark-LeClair Stadiun with two runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 2-0 victory and end a 10-game winning streak for the Pirates.
Zack Smith led off the ninth with a double for the 49ers (10-4). Joe Ingle came on in relief of Sam Lanier (2-2), who was charged with the loss, and yielded a run-scoring single to Harris Yett that brought home Todd Elwood, Smith’s pinch runner.
Hunter Jones had a sacrifice bunt to put Yett at second. Yett went to third on a single by Reece Hampton. Brett Netzer’s RBI single gave Charlotte a 2-0 lead.
Colton Laws, Matt Brooks (2-0) and Jonah Patton combined on the shutout.
Laws allowed three hits over seven and one-third innings. He walked one and struck out nine.
Patton had three strikeouts and stranded Pirates runners at first and third, who had reached on errors, as he notched his third save.
Jake Agnos started and turned in six scoreless innings for the hosts. The freshman left-hander allowed five hits, walked four and had one strikeout.
Spencer Brickhouse, Bryant Packard and Dusty Baker had ECU’s hits.
Brickhouse had a two-out triple to right-center in the seventh but was stranded.
The Pirates (10-4) have a doubleheader with the 49ers beginning at noon Saturday.