NCAA Greenville Regional top seed ECU pounded out a season-high 19 hits and hit four home runs on the way to a 13-3 victory over No. 4 seed Quinnipiac Sunday night in an elimination game at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Pirates (45-16) advance to their first regional final since 2016 while the Bobcats end their campaign at 30-29. ECU will face No. 3 seed Campbell and will have to beat the Camels twice to secure the regional title. The first game is set for 1 p.m. The second contest, should it be necessary, would begin at 7 p.m.
Alec Burleson put together a 3-for-3 performance and drew two walks. Jake Washer also posted two hits, two runs scored and a career-high tying four RBI. Andre Marrero paced Quinnipiac with three hits and a RBI.
Ryder Giles (1-0) was credited with his first career victory on the mound after tossing 1.1 scoreless innings in relief. He allowed just one hit and struck out a batter. Arthur Correira (3-4) took the loss after surrendering five runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in four innings.
The Pirates opened the scoring in the top of the second when Washer went opposite field for a solo home run to lead off the frame. The Bobcats answered in the home half of the inning. Kevin Huscher doubled to right field before scoring on a wild pitch with one out.
ECU reclaimed the upper hand in the top of the third. Giles shot a leadoff single up the middle and Bryant Packard unloaded on a 2-1 pitch, belting it into the trees in right center to make it 3-1. The Pirates pulled further ahead before the inning concluded as Burleson singled and Washer hit his second long ball of the game to leave the score at 5-1.
Quinnipiac threatened in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with one out after Huscher singled to right field, Liam Scafariello walked and Dylan Lutz singled to left field. Tyler Smith was able to pick off Scafariello for the second out but walked Brian Moskey to plate a Bobcat run. Giles took the mound in an attempt to prevent further damage and he did so, coming up with a clutch strikeout to strand the bases loaded.
Washer delivered his fourth RBI of the contest with a groundout in the top of the fifth and Bryson Worrell hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth to extend the ECU advantage to 8-2.
The Pirates put the game away for good in the top of the seventh, plating four runs on five hits to pull out to a double-digit cushion at 12-2. The teams each scored a run in the final two frames to account for the final score.