BUIES CREEK — East Carolina got its first win of the season with a breakout inning Tuesday in a 10-3 win at Campbell.
The No. 25 Pirates (1-3) exceeded their run production in each of three previous losses with a decisive fifth frame that accounted for five runs.
With ECU down, 1-0, pinch hitter C.J. Boyd got the Pirates started with a walk on four pitches. Alec Makarewicz singled to right, but Boyd was thrown out at third.
Josh Moylan walked before Ryder Giles had an RBI double to right-center to tie the score. Ryley Johnson walked with two out. A bases-loaded walk to Zach Agnos put ECU ahead to stay.
Lane Hoover continued the offensive eruption with a 2-run single down the right field line. Agnos scored on a passed ball for a 5-1 lead.
“Once we got rolling, the guys felt like, ‘OK, we’re back to ourselves,’” said ECU coach Cliff Godwin.
Justin Wilcoxen’s sacrifice fly brought in Boyd for a 6-1 lead in the sixth.
Makarewicz had a sac fly and Moylan delivered an RBI single for an 8-2 lead in the seventh.
Hoover’s ground out brought in Wilcoxen and Bryson Worrell drove in Agnos with a base hit up the middle in the eighth.
Hoover went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Giles was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Boyd was 2-for-3.
Zach Neto and Zach Williams had two hits each for the Camels (1-3).
C.J. Mayhue (1-0) got the win with three innings of relief. The lefty allowed one hit, one run (earned) with no walks and three strikeouts.
The Pirates start a 3-game series with UNC in Chapel Hill on Friday at 4 p.m.