CINCINNATI — Senior left-hander Evan Kruczynski allowed one hit in eight innings and Matt Bridges completed a shutout as East Carolina posted its first American Athletic Conference win, 6-0, at Cincinnati on Saturday.
Kruczynski did not issue a walk and had six strikeouts. Bridges retired the Bearcats in order in the ninth.
ECU (21-19, 1-10 AAC) went ahead to stay with two runs in the fourth after a leadoff single by Charlie Yorgen, who was 3-for-5. Eric Tyler followed with a double and Spencer Brickhouse scored both baserunners with another double.
Travis Watkins singled in the fifth and moved to second on an error by the left fielder. A sacrifice bunt by Drew Henrickson sent Watkins to third. Dusty Baker’s RBI single scored Watkins for a 3-0 lead. Yorgen singled and scored on an error by the right fielder on a double by Eric Tyler as the Pirates went ahead, 4-0.
Dwanya Williams-Sutton led off the sixth with a solo homer for a 5-0 ECU lead.
Yorgen singled in the ninth and advanced to second on a ground out by Tyler. Brickhouse walked before Yorgen scored on a single to right by Turner Brown.
Tyler went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Williams-Sutton was 2-for-4. Brown finished 2-for-5 with a double.
The Pirates outhit the hosts 13-1 and turned in an errorless performance.
David Orndorff (2-4) took the loss for the Bearcats (20-19, 5-6).
Connor McVey had Cincinnati’s only hit in the first inning.
The third and deciding game of the series is scheduled for noon today.