GREENVILLE — Tyler Smith and Ryan Ross combined for a shutout as No. 17 East Carolina topped Maryland 4-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Smith (3-0) went five and two-thirds innings, allowing six hits while walking one and striking out seven.
Ross went the last three and one-third for his second save. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out four. The senior left-hander retired all 10 batters he faced.
Two Terp errors in the first helped ECU (16-4) to the only run it would need.
Bryant Packard led off with a single through the right side. The pair of miscues put him at third and he scored on a ground ball to second base by Turner Brown.
The Pirates added lone runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth.
Another single by Packard in the sixth and another Maryland error put him at third for a sacrifice fly by Spencer Brickhouse for a 2-0 ECU lead.
Connor Litton started the seventh with a single. He moved to second on a ground out to first by Chandler Jenkins and came home on a single to left by Dusty Baker.
Brown led off in the eighth with a single through the right side. He went to second on a ground out to first by Brickhouse and advanced to third on a wild pitch before Litton’s RBI single provided a 4-0 lead.
“Anytime you can win a college baseball game it’s good,” said Pirates coach Cliff Godwin. “It’s a tough thing to do. Maryland is a good club and they were much better offensively than what their numbers showed.
“I thought we pitched outstanding the entire weekend and the defense was outstanding as well. Offensively we hit a lot of balls hard today even though we didn’t have a ton of runs or hits. Packard squared up four balls, but only got two hits. But overall a lot of quality at-bats today and this weekend.”
Hunter Parsons (2-2) absorbed the loss for Maryland (9-10).
Litton and Packard had two hits each.
Next up for ECU is a game at UNC-Wilmington (14-6) on Wednesday at 6 p.m.