WILMINGTON — Tenth-ranked East Carolina left the bases loaded in the first, second and eighth innings in an 8-5 loss at UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday night.
The Pirates (12-4) stranded a total of 15 runners as the Seahawks (10-7) stopped a 6-game ECU winning streak.
UNCW used sacrifice bunts by Kevin Pitarra and Taber Mongero in scoring three runs for a 3-1 lead in the second inning.
A 2-run double by Dillon Lifrieri capped a 4-run fourth inning for the hosts.
Pirates coach Cliff Godwin was ejected in the seventh inning after Joey Berini was called out looking at a third strike to start the inning.
ECU pitchers Jake Hunter, Erik Ritchiue and Wyatt Lunsford-Shenkman each recorded five strikeouts.
Reliever Luke Craig (1-0) pitched three and one-third innings for the win. Ethan Chenault retired the visitors in order in the ninth for his second save.
Josh Moylan, Berini, Ryan McCrystal, Alec Makarewicz and Ryley Johnson had one RBI apiece for the Pirates.
ECU returns to action on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at home against William & Mary (9-8) in a matchup scheduled to be shown on ESPN+.
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