GREENVILLE — East Carolina had its highest run production of the season thus far in an 18-4 series-clinching win over Maryland at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Saturday.
The Pirates (15-4), ranked No. 17 in the March 12 USA Today coaches poll, got a 5-for-5 day from Brady Lloyd as sophomore right-hander Chris Holba started and improved to 5-0.
Lloyd scored the game’s first run in the second inning on a bases-loaded ground out by Drew Henrickson and ECU never trailed.
“Our guys had really good approaches today and put a lot of pressure on their starter (Tyler Blohm, 2-2),” said Pirates coach Cliff Godwin. “His stuff didn’t seem great when he was in the stretch, so once we got guys on, we started hitting balls hard.
“We have depth on our team that really can hit anywhere in the order. I thought Henrickson and (Nick) Barber both had great days. Obviously, Brady had a great day as well. Guys coming off the bench had good days as well like Bryson Worrell with three RBIs and Dusty Baker with two.”
Holba went five and one-third innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Austin Covers, Sam Lanier, West Covington and Zach Barnes had subsequent mound stints.
The Pirates scored in each inning from the fourth to the eighth, putting up six runs in the fifth as Barber and Jake Washer each drove in a pair of runs in ECU’s biggest inning of the day.
Bryson Worrell had a two-run double in the seventh and finished with three RBIs.
Spencer Brickhouse, Chandler Jenkins and Henrickson (three RBIs) each had two hits as the Terps slipped to 9-9 going into the final game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.