GREENVILLE — Andrew Henrickson hit a sacrifice fly to left field that scored pinch runner Dwanya Williams-Sutton with two out in the bottom of the ninth on Wednesday to give No. 17 East Carolina a 2-1 win over Elon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
A bloop double down the right-field line by Jake Washer got the Pirates started in the ninth. Williams-Sutton came in to run and he went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Brady Lloyd.
Henrickson hit a full count pitch to Elon left fielder Josh Broughton, who made a one-hop throw to catcher Matt Oldham. Williams-Sutton slid past the tag attempt as the Pirates improved to 13-4.
ECU never led until the game ended.
The Phoenix (8-9) went ahead 1-0 in the top of the first as Ryne Ogren singled to score Oldham, who had doubled with one out off ECU freshman left-hander Jake Kuchmaner.
Brady Lloyd’s full count RBI single with two down in the sixth tied the score after Connor Litton had bunted his way on and moved to second on a passed ball. Litton took third on a fly out by Washer.
Davis Kirkpatrick (1-0) got the win with three scoreless innings. Matt Bridges, West Covington and Sam Lanier also tossed scoreless stints.
“Really proud of the guys today in showing a lot of toughness,” said Pirates coach Cliff Godwin. “With the wind blowing in and cold temperatures they could have packed it in, but they didn’t. The bullpen was unbelievable today from Matt Bridges to (West) Covington to Sam Lanier and Davis (Kirkpatrick) just to give us a chance
“If we would have gotten down two or three runs, I don’t think we would have had any chance to come back and win.”
Washer had two of ECU’s four hits.
The Pirates start a three-game home series with Maryland (9-6) on Friday at 6:30 p.m.