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DeLoach, Seahawks hijack 24th-ranked Pirates

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Tyler DeLoach kept East Carolina baffled and off-balance for 6 1/3 innings Tuesday night, hog-tying the Pirates on two hits as UNC-Wilmington built a comfortable lead en route to a 10-1 victory at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

A junior southpaw, DeLoach (3-2) was a bit wild but ultimately effective, walking four, hitting four batsmen and striking out three before turning the sweep-up chores and a 7-1 lead over to relievers Tom Timoney and Christian MacDonald.

Freshman designated hitter Corey Dick's three-run homer to right field in the top of the second gave the Seahawks (21-16) all the runs they needed. Before the night was over, Dick also reached on a single and a walk and finished with 5 RBIs.

UNCW's 15-hit attack was paced by senior leftfielder Thomas Pope, who was 4-for-4 with three runs scored, and junior first baseman Hunter Ridge, who was 3-for-5 with two runs batted in and a run scored.

Sophomore designated hitter Drew Reynolds banged out three singles in five trips to the plate for the 24th-ranked Pirates.

Jeff Hoffman (1-1) got the start for East Carolina and was roughed up for six runs on eight hits and a walk before giving way to a trio of relief pitchers. The freshman righthander, named Conference USA pitcher of the week on Monday after a dominating performance at Elon last week, extended his string of consecutive shutout innings to 20 1/3 before Dick's blast sent three runs across the plate.

East Carolina (25-11-1) hosts William & Mary (24-15) on Wednesday (6 p.m.) before hitting the road for a crucial league series against Rice this weekend.

PAGE UPDATED 04/18/12 04:45 AM.

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