WILMINGTON — East Carolina overcame a 3-0 deficit with a five-run fifth inning to top host UNC-Wilmington 5-4 in a nonconference contest on Wednesday night.
The big frame for the No. 10 Pirates (35-12) began with a walk to Bryant Packard. A single by Dwanya Williams-Sutton put runners at first and second before reliever Luke Gesell (2-1) was summoned to the mound for the Seahawks (29-18).
The runners moved up a base on a passed ball before a triple by Spencer Brickhouse cut UNCW’s lead to 3-2. Nick Barber walked with one away before Alec Burleson had an RBI single to tie the score. With two out, a walk to Bryson Worrell loaded the bases.
Two runs scored as Turner Brown reached base on an error by the second baseman.
Brickhouse went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Burleson was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Zach Barnes (2-0) got the win in relief and Davis Kirkpatrick picked up his second save.
Sophomore left-hander Jake Agnos started and went two innings. He allowed two hits and two runs (both earned) while walking four and striking out four.
Barnes pitched two innings, yielding two hits and one run (earned) while walking one and fanning three.
Lefty Ryan Ross contributed two and one-third innings. He surrendered three hits and one run (earned) while whiffing four without a walk.
Trey Benton allowed one hit during two innings with a walk and a strikeout.
Kirkpatrick got the last two outs without giving up a hit. He had one strikeout.
ECU topped the Seahawks 6-4 in Greenville on April 3.
The Pirates return to American Athletic Conference play with a three-game home series with Cincinnati that gets underway on Friday at 6:30 p.m.