Brady Lloyd paced three Pirates with multiple hits, while the pitching staff struck out 12 as No. 11 ECU ran its win streak to 10 games with a 6-1 victory over Duke Wednesday night in front of a season-high 4,744 fans at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win, the Pirates improve to 22-6 on the year while the Blue Devils fall to 14-15.
ECU broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning pushing across three runs for a 3-0 advantage. Lloyd got things going belting a solo home run to left field with one out. Jake Washer followed with a walk and two batters later Bryant Packard put runners at second and third with a two-out double. Washer scored on Stinson wild pitch and Packard touched home on Lane Hoover’s second hit of the game, a single back up the middle.
Trey Benton (2-0) earned the win in relief tossing 2.1 scoreless frames where he allowed a pair of hits, walked two and struck out three. Ryder Giles made his first collegiate start working surrendering two hits and striking out two in three shutout frames. On the staff night, ECU also got outings from Sam Lanier (0.2 IP, 2 Ks), Zach Barnes (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K), Cam Colmore (1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 Ks) and Evan Odum (1.0 IP, 2 Hs, 1 R, 2 Ks).
Cooper Stinson (1-2) took the loss allowing three runs (all earned) on six hits with four walks and six strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Jack Carey was touched for three runs (all earned) on three hits with a walk in 1.1 innings of relief. Bryce Jarvis and Eli Herrick both tossed a perfect inning each to close out the game.
Duke threaten in the top of the sixth inning loading the bases and chasing Benton from the contest. Lanier took the mound and promptly struck out Ethan Murray and Michael Rothenberg to get ECU out of the jam.
With a 3-0 lead, the Pirates tacked on three more runs in the sixth extending their lead to 6-0. Thomas Francisco walked with one out and took second on Lloyd’s drag bunt down the third base line for an infield single. Washer followed with an RBI single through the right-side plating Francisco. Nick Barber kept the stanza going with an RBI ground out that pushed across Lloyd and Packard’s second hit of the night (single) scored Washer.
The Blue Devils avoided the shutout in the ninth scoring a run Kennie Taylor single to center where Dusty Baker made a diving stab but was just out of reach plating Rothenberg.
ECU registered nine hits on the night getting multiple base knocks from Hoover, Lloyd and Packard. Five different Pirates drove in a run, while Lloyd scored twice.
Kyle Gallagher and Matt Mervis each had two hits for the Blue Devils to lead the offense.
ECU will hit the road for a three-game American Athletic Conference series at Houston starting Friday, April 5. First pitch of the weekend is slated for 7:35 p.m. (ET) and will be streamed on the American Digital Network.