Williams-Sutton powers ECU past Campbell

ECU Pirates

Dwanya Williams Sutton belted a pair of home runs and Evan Voliva picked up his first win of the season helping No. 9 ECU complete the season sweep of Campbell 12-7 Tuesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Pirates improve to 38-13 on the year, while the Camels fall to 29-22.

How It Happened:
Trailing 7-3 going to the home half of the sixth inning, ECU scored six runs to take a 9-7 lead and never looked back. Andrew Henrickson walked to start the frame, took third on Brady Lloyd’s double to right field and scored on Jeremy Whitehead’s groundout. Lloyd crossed home on fielding error by Kyle Mehl for the second run of the inning. With Turner Brown on third and Bryant Packard on second, a wild pitch allowed the runners to move up 90 feet. Williams-Sutton was hit by a pitch putting runners on the corners for Spencer Brickhouse. Williams-Sutton stole second and Packard scored on a wild pitch before Brickhouse doubled to left-center pushing across Williams-Sutton. Connor Litton’s sac fly to right field scored Brickhouse to end the sixth, giving ECU a 9-7 lead. Williams-Sutton staked ECU to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning belting his sixth home run of the season. Packard led off the game with a single through the right side before coming around on Williams-Sutton’s blast to right field. Zach Minnick’s RBI ground out to third in the fourth scored Jeff Hahs for the Camels cutting the lead to one, 2-1. The Pirates answered with a run in the home half of the fourth extending their lead back to two, 3-1. With Henrickson standing on third, Nick Barber dropped down a bunt on a safety squeeze to the right of the pitcher’s mound allowing Henrickson to score standing up. Campbell erupted for six runs in the sixth taking a 7-3 lead. Christian Jones belted a three-run homer to highlight the frame that also featured an RBI single by Mehl, an RBI walk by Bryce Myers and a sac fly from Matthew Barefoot. After ECU went up 9-7, the Pirates scored three runs in the seventh, two coming off Williams-Sutton’s two-run homer to cap the scoring at 12-7.

Pirate Pitchers:
Voliva (1-0) picked up the win in relief tossing 2.2 scoreless frames where he allowed one hit and struck out one. Starter West Covington worked three shutout frames surrendering two hits and fanning a pair before giving way to his bullpen. Pitching in relief for the Pirates were Willy Strong (2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 Rs, 1 BB, 3 Ks), Jake Kuchmaner (0.1 IP, 2 Hs, 3 Rs, 1 K), Sam Lanier (0.0 IP, 1 H, 2 Rs, 1 BB), Zach Barnes (0.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) and Cam Colmore (1.0 IP, 1 K).

Camels Staff:
Logan Bender (4-1) suffered the loss allowing five runs (four earned) on two hits with a walk and a strikeout in one inning of relief. Starter Phil Simpson worked 4.1 innings where he gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits with two walks and two punch outs. Also, working out of the pen were Andrew Witczak (0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB), Harry Thomas (1.0 IP, 3 Hs, 3 Rs, 1 K) and Jamil Vanheyningen (1.0 IP, 1 K).

ECU Bats:

The Pirates pounded out 12 hits improving their record to 21-2 when reaching double-digit base knocks. Williams-Sutton led the club going 4-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. Packard collected three hits, drove in one and scored three time, while Brickhouse added two hits, an RBI and scored once. Brown and Henrickson also crossed home twice on the night.

Things To Know:

  • Covington made his first career start for the Pirates working three innings, which tied his career-long outing …
  • Packard extended his hit streak to 29 games (tied school record with Stephen Batts, 2007) with a leadoff single through the right side in the first frame, which also pushed his on-base streak to a career-high 34 games … He tallied his team-leading 22nd multi-hit game …
  • Williams-Sutton extended his on-base streak to 17 games on his two-run homer in the first inning (sixth HR of the season) … Tied career-high with four hits and belted a pair of home runs in a game for the third time in his career … Tallied his 12th multi-hit and fifth multi-RBI games of the year …
  • Brickhouse pushed his on-base streak to 21 games with a base hit to right in the opening frame … Registered his 15th multi-hit game of the season …
  • Voliva made his first appearance on the mound in over a year working 2.2 scoreless frames … Picked up third career win and first since April 2015 when he pitched in relief against NC State and got the victory …

Up Next:
ECU will hit the road for the final weekend of the regular season when it travels UCONN for an important three-game American Athletic Conference series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, May 17.

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