GREENVILLE — Bryant captured its season-opening series at No. 8 East Carolina with a 5-4 win in 10 innings on Saturday.
The Bulldogs came back from a 3-1 deficit to score twice in the eighth for a tie, setting the stage to defeat ECU for the second day in a row. The Bulldogs tallied twice on a pair of unearned runs in the 10th. The go-ahead run scored on an error and Derek Smith had an RBI double.
Bryant stunned the Pirates 10-2 on Friday in the season opener for both teams.
The Pirates (0-2) got one run back in the bottom of the 10th on a solo homer down the right-field line by Alec Makarewicz, who had given ECU a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single to right that brought in Josh Moylan.
A sacrifice fly by Bryson Worrell in the sixth and an RBI single by Zach Agnos in the seventh gave the Pirates a 3-1 advantage.
Matt Woods had an RBI triple for the Bulldogs in the eighth and he came home to tie the score on a wild pitch.
Woods went 3-for-5 and Damaurys Rodriguez was 2-for-4 in the win.
Coleman Picard (1-0) got the decision for Bryant and M.T. Morrisey earned the save.
Jake Kuchmaner started for the Pirates and went six innings. He allowed four hits with an unearned run while striking out eight and issuing one walk.
Skylar Brooks (0-1) was charged with the loss.
Makarewicz went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead ECU at the plate.
The Friday and Saturday victories were Bryant’s first back-to-back wins over a ranked team and marked its first series win over a ranked Division I opponent in program history.
Game three of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
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