Pirates complete season sweep of UNCW, 5-4

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Spencer Brickhouse registered three hits, drove in two and reached base five times helping No. 10 ECU to a season series sweep over in-state rival UNC Wilmington, 5-4, Wednesday night at Brooks Field. With the win the Pirates improve to 35-12 on the year, while the Seahawks fall to 29-18.

How It Happened:
Trailing 3-0 after four frames, the Pirates scored five runs in the fifth taking their first lead of the contest and held on for a 5-4 win. With two runners on, Brickhouse tripled down the right field line scoring Bryant Packard and Dwanya Williams-Sutton to pull within one, 3-2. Alec Burleson followed with an RBI base hit back up the middle that plated Brickhouse to knot the game at three-all. Three batters later, ECU pushed across two runs on a fielding error by Zack Canada off the bat of Turner Brown that allowed Nick Barber and Burleson to cross home. UNCW struck first on the night plating a pair of runs in the second inning for an early 2-0 lead. With runners on first and second, Levi Gesell singled to right field scoring Cole Weiss. After a walk to Noah Bridges loaded the bases, Ryan Jeffers drew his second walk of the evening scoring David Sheaffer. Wiess singled home the Seahawks third run of the game with a shot to right field in the third that pushed across Greg Jones from third for a 3-0 advantage. The Seahawks pulled within one, 5-4, in the seventh thanks to Kep Brown’s RBI single that scored Jeffers.

Pirate Pitchers:
Zach Barnes (2-0) allowed one run (earned) on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts to notch his second win of the season. Davis Kirkpatrick notched his second save of the year coming into the game in the ninth with runners on first and second with one out. The right-hander got Brown to fly out to center and struck out LP Oxendine to send the game. Starter Jake Agnos allowed two runs (both earned) on two hits with four walks and four strikeouts in two innings of work on a pre-determined outing. Ryan Ross (2.1 IP, 3 Hs, 1 R, 4 Ks) and Trey Benton (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) bridged the gap between Barnes and Kirkpatrick.

Seahawks Staff:
Luke Gesell (2-1) took the loss allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits with a pair of walks and one strikeout. Starter Landen Roupp tossed four scoreless frames allowing four hits to go along with three walks and five strikeouts. Also pitching out of the pen was Chris Joyner (0.0 IP, 1 H, 2 Rs, 1 BB), Blake Deatherage (1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 Ks), Henry Ryan (1.0 IP, 1 K), Logan Beehler (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) and Austin Easter (1.0 IP, 1 K).

ECU Bats:

Brickhouse led the Pirates nine-hit attack going 3-for-3 with two RBI, two walks and scored one run. Burleson and Williams-Sutton added a pair of hits, while Brown and Packard had one each. Five different Pirates crossed home, while Burleson was the other lone Pirate to drive in a run.

Things To Know:

  • Packard pushed his hit streak to 25 games (third longest in Pirate history) with a leadoff single in the first frame, which also extended his on-base streak to 30 games …
  • Brickhouse extended his on-base streak to 17 games with his walk in the first inning … He tallied his 13th multi-hit and seventh multi-RBI games of the season …
  • Williams-Sutton tallied his 10th multi-hit game of the season, his second in the last three games …
  • With the win, the Pirates improved to 18-2 on the road, which is the second-best record in the nation …
  • The Pirates recorded their 10th-straight road win dating back to April 7 at Washington …
  • ECU is also 14-1 against instate opponents this year with its lone loss against then No. 6 UNC in Durham on Feb. 25, a 5-4 loss …

Up Next:
ECU returns home Friday, May 11 playing host to Cincinnati in a three-game American Athletic Conference series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (ET) at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

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