WILMINGTON — Matt Suggs hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give UNC-Wilmington a 5-2 win over No. 19 East Carolina on Wednesday night.
Suggs was 0-for-4 in the nonconference contest before connecting with the first pitch from Ryder Giles (0-1) and sending it over the fence in left center. A double to right center by Brooks Baldwin got UNCW (11-5) started in the last frame and Trevor Marsh was intentionally walked.
The blast by the Seahawks’ catcher gave the hosts their only lead and stopped a winning streak for the Pirates (13-4) at six games.
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth after a leadoff single through the left side by Seth Caddell. Bryson Worrell walked and Connor Norby reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Worrell scored when Ben Newton was hit by a pitch.
UNCW tied the score in the bottom of the fourth on a home run to left by Kip Brandenburg.
ECU took the lead again in the fifth after a triple by Lane Hoover and a sacrifice fly by Zach Agnos.
Jac Croom walked for the Seahawks in the sixth and Brooks Baldwin tied the score at 2 with a triple to right.
Hoover, Caddell and Norby finished with two hits apiece for ECU.
The Pirates are scheduled to start a 3-game series at home against Columbia (1-7) on Friday at 6:30 p.m., although Ivy League presidents agreed Wednesday to cancel competition in spring sports due to health concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.