GREENVILLE — East Carolina collected 17 hits on Friday night and won the opening game of an American Athletic Conference series with South Florida, 15-2, at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Garrett Zech gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead with a home run in the top of the second but the Pirates got the tying run on a bases-loaded walk to Nick Barber in the bottom of the inning before Bryant Packard’s three-run double put No. 7 ECU ahead to stay.
Chris Holba improved to 8-0 as the Pirates moved to 26-7 on the season and 5-2 in the AAC.
Chandler Jenkins hit a grand slam in the eighth and Bryson Worrell added a solo shot.
Packard finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs and a pair of homers.
Jake Washer was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Spencer Brickhouse had two doubles and drove in a run. Andrew Henrickson went 2-for-4. Brady Lloyd, Alec Burleson, Turner Brown, Dwanya Williams-Sutton and Barber also had hits.
Holba went six innings, yielding nine hits and two runs (both earned). He had two strikeouts and no walks.
Zach Barnes pitched two innings, allowing two hits and striking out two. West Covington tossed a 1-2-3 ninth with a whiff.
USF fell to 21-13 overall and 5-5 in the league going into today’s 4 p.m. game.