GREENVILLE — Dwanya Williams-Sutton set an early tone as he homered to left field to lead off the bottom of the first and East Carolina scored three more runs in the inning on the way to an 8-6 win over visiting Liberty on Tuesday night.
Bryant Packard, Turner Brown and T.J. Riles had RBI singles in the opening frame to put the Pirates ahead, 4-1.
ECU improved to 18-8 with its fourth straight win.
Williams-Sutton also led off the second inning with a home run. Eric Tyler had an RBI single later in the inning for a 6-1 ECU advantage.
Williams-Sutton was hit by a pitch, Charlie Yorgen singled and Travis Watkins was hit by a pitch to load the bases in the sixth.
Tyler had a sacrifice fly and Packard had an RBI single as the Pirates pushed their advantage to 8-2.
Sammy Taormina hit a three-run homer for the Flames (14-9) in the eighth to cut ECU’s lead to 8-6.
Jacob Wolfe (3-2) started and went five innings for the Pirates. Wolfe allowed four hits and two runs, both earned. He walked five and struck out four in notching the win.
Joe Ingle got the last two outs for his second save.
Yorgen went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs as ECU totaled 16 hits. Spencer Brickhouse was 3-for-4.
Williams Sutton was 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs. Packard and Brown had two hits each.
Play was halted for 18 minutes in the second inning due to lightning.
The Pirates are scheduled to start American Athletic Conference play at home against Connecticut on Friday at 6:30 p.m.