CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Taylor Edwards went 4-for-4 at the plate and Anna Sawyer hit her first career home run as East Carolina defeated North Carolina 8-4 at Anderson Stadium on Wednesday night.
Logan Sutton and Taudrea Sinnie each added hits for the Pirates (22-12, 0-3 AAC) who defeated the Tar Heels (13-22, 3-6 ACC) for the first time since April 23, 2015, forced Carolina to use four pitchers and improved to 3-1 in midweek games this season.
The Pirates would get on the board first in the top of the second after a Taylor Woodring single advanced Sutton to third and Sutton would then steal home to give ECU an early 1-0 lead. The Tar Heels would answer to knot the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third.
ECU would open the game up in the top of the fifth after Sawyer’s three RBI bomb to center field to extend its advantage to 6-1. Carolina would rattle off three straight singles to trim the deficit to three runs but the Pirates would record three straight outs to escape the inning.
Sutton would hit a two RBI double to push ECU’s lead to 8-3 in the top of the sixth in the top of the sixth to give the Pirates enough of a cushion to earn their first win in Chapel Hill since 2008.  
Addy Bullis (13-4) tossed five strikeouts in seven innings of work for the win while Lilli Backes (6-11) gave up three earned runs and four hits for the loss.
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