GREENVILLE — Early 2-run homers by Carter Cunningham and Lane Hoover sparked No. 9 East Carolina to a 7-3 win over Old Dominion at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Tuesday night.
Cunningham homered to right field after a leadoff double by Hoover in the first inning. Hoover went out down the right field line in the second after a walk to Justin Wilcoxen.
“The main emphasis to the team was just showing up,” said ECU coach Cliff Godwin on the Pirate radio network. “We’re 5-5 now in midweek games — just coming out here ready to go. … Really happy with the way the guys started the game.”
Freshman left-hander Zach Root started and went three scoreless innings with two hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
“Root set the tone,” Godwin said. ” … Jake Hunter didn’t have his best stuff, but Danny Beal was tremendous and the offense just kept adding runs.”
Beal, a junior right-hander, went five innings for his second save, striking out nine.
Josh Moylan had a run-scoring single for ECU in a 3-run seventh and Luke Nowak hit an RBI double.
The Pirates improved to 25-8 overall and 21-2 at home.
ECU hosts Cincinnati for a 3-game American Athletic Conference series starting Friday at 6 p.m. The Pirates are 4-2 in league play. The Bearcats (15-19, 3-3 AAC) took a 7-5 win in 10 innings over visiting Miami of Ohio on Tuesday night.