GREENVILLE — East Carolina held the lead provided by a four-run second inning to defeat UNC-Wilmington 6-4 on Tuesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The No. 11 Pirates (21-6) got home runs from Connor Litton and Jake Washer. Freshman left-hander Alec Burleson (2-0) got the win in relief.
“It’s good anytime you can win, but I thought we played good baseball tonight,” said ECU coach Cliff Godwin. “I thought Jake (Agnos) pitched well and Davis (Kirkpatrick) came into a tough situation gave up two runs and got a hold right there.
“Brady (Lloyd) made a great play in the seventh to get (Ryan) Jeffers out at second base. We didn’t have a lot of hits (nine) tonight so to speak, but lined out a lot and hit the ball hard. The guys had some great at-bats and we were able to add on late with Connor Litton’s two-out RBI in the eighth.”
The Seahawks (19-9) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on Mason Berne’s homer to center.
Litton answered with a leadoff homer to right in the bottom of the second. Andrew Henrickson singled to left and stole second. Nick Barber walked before Bryant Packard singled up the middle to bring in Henrickson. Barber scored on a wild pitch and Brady Lloyd’s RBI single brought Packard home for a 4-1 ECU lead.
Zack Canada hit a solo homer for UNCW in the third to pull the Seahawks within 4-2. Washer had a solo shot in the bottom of the frame for a 5-2 Pirates advantage.
Canada and Berne had RBIs in the seventh as UNCW closed the gap to 5-4.
Litton had an RBI single in the eighth to score Spencer Brickhouse for the final run.
Agnos, a sophomore left-hander, went four innings. He yielded two earned runs on four hits while walking two and striking out six. Burleson allowed two earned runs on four hits with a walk and a whiff in two innings. Davis Kirkpatrick twirled a scoreless frame before Ryan Ross picked up his third save. Ross turned in two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
Breydan Gorham (0-3) was charged with the loss.
Henrickson and Litton finished with two hits each. Litton had two RBIs. His homer was Litton’s sixth this season.
The Pirates host Wofford on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
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