GREENVILLE — Connor Gillispie, Michael Dailey and Benjamin Dum of Virginia Commonwealth combined for a three-hit shutout in s 3-0 nonconference win over No.17 East Carolina at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Tuesday.
Paul Witt had a two-run single for the Rams (9-8) in the top of the fifth. Josh Simon added an RBI single in the sixth.
Gillispie went three innings and yielded one hit while walking one with two strikeouts. Dailey (4-0) issued two walks in two innings.
Dum, a left-hander, went the last four innings to pick up his second save. He allowed two hits and struck out two.
“Their pitchers were really good and you have to take your hat off to them,” said Pirates coach Cliff Godwin. “They were better than us today, definitely, on the mound. You have to score to win a baseball game just like in any other sport. I thought our guys were ready to play, but we didn’t execute as well as we should have offensively.
“I thought Jake (Agnos) pitched okay but had too many free base runners and a couple of those guys scored. If you are in a scoreless game, you have to eliminate those free base runners.”
Agnos (1-2) started and went five and one-third innings. The sophomore left-hander gave up four hits and three runs, one earned, with two walks and four strikeouts.
Davis Kirkpatrick faced two batters, hitting one and allowing one hit.
Senior lefty Ryan Ross went the final three and two-thirds innings. He surrendered two hits and fanned three.
Brady Lloyd went 2-for-4 with a double to lead ECU (12-4) offensively. Connor Litton had a hit for the Pirates and stole a base.
Elon (8-8) visits ECU for a 4 p.m. start on Wednesday.