GREENVILLE — East Carolina scored three runs in the first inning and stopped a two-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over Elon on Wednesday afternoon.
Gavin Williams (1-0) started and went five innings. He allowed four hits and two runs (both earned) while walking five and striking out six. Williams picked off a pair of runners at first in the fourth.
Trey Benton relieved in the sixth and turned in two scoreless innings. Sam Lanier yielded a solo home run to Ty Adcock in the eighth before Ryder Giles pitched the ninth for his first save.
Bryant Packard had a bunt single to get the Pirates (6-3) started in the first. Brady Lloyd walked before Alec Burleson singled. A throwing error on Burleson’s hit allowed Packard to score. Jake Washer had an RBI single to left for a 2-0 ECU lead. Giles had a sacrifice bunt that scored Burleson.
Tyler Cranston had a two-run double for the Phoenix in the second.
Nick Barber doubled in ECU’s half of the second. He stole third and home for a 4-2 Pirates advantage.
Burleson lined a homer out to right to put No. 9 ECU up 5-2 in the sixth. Burleson went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run.
Adcock and Matt Oldham each had two hits for Elon (5-3).
The Pirates host the Keith LeClair Classic this weekend, meeting Utah on Friday at 4:30 p.m.