Alec Burleson (10) and Jake Agnos (11) each registered double-digit strikeouts Saturday helping No. 9 ECU to a doubleheader sweep (3-1, 10-0) over Monmouth at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the two wins, the Pirates improve to 5-1 on the season while the Hawks drop to 0-5.
After taking game one of the twin bill 3-1, ECU cruised to its fifth win of the young season with a 10-0 shutout over Monmouth. The Pirates broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third frame scoring four runs on five-straight doubles for a 4-0 advantage and never looked back. With one away, Ryder Giles doubled down the right field line which was followed by Nick Barber’s two-base hit to right center plating the first run. From there, it was three more two-baggers coming off the bats of Burleson, Worrell and Jake Washer.
ECU would score two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the seventh and its final run in the eighth recording its first shutout of the 2019 season.
Agnos (1-0) notched his first win of the season tossing seven scoreless frames where he allowed four hits, walked one and punched out 11 batters tying his career-high. Carter Spivey gave up a hit and struck out one in the eighth inning, while Evan Odum tossed a clean ninth. The Pirate trio didn’t allow a base runner to reach third in the second contest of the day.
Ryan Steckline (0-2) took the loss giving up six runs (all earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Nick Houghton was touched for a run (earned) on one hit in 2.1 innings of work, while Regan Dombroski (1.0 IP 3 Hs, 2 Rs, 1 K) and Chris Hawryluk (1.0 IP, 2 Hs, 1 R, 1 K) closed out the game for the Hawks in relief.
Burleson picked up his second three-hit game of the day to lead the Pirates and also plated a pair of runs. Seth Caddell, Ryder Giles and Lane Hoover each added two hits, while Caddell drove in two runs which included his second homer of the year. In all, ECU pounded out 14 hits marking the fourth time in six contests they have registered 10-or more.
ECU got things going early in the first game of the day jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the home half of the first frame. Burleson, who was 3-for-3, led off with a base hit to right and two batters later Washer single to right setting up Thomas Francisco’s first career RBI, which plated Burleson.
Burleson (1-0) picked up the win allowing a run (earned) on five hits with three walks and striking out a career-high 10 batters. The lefty fanned at least one batter in all seven innings of work and multiple batters in the second, sixth and seventh innings while also picking off four runners at first base. Evan Voliva notched his first save of the season working a scoreless ninth where he allowed a walk and struck out two. Sam Lanier had a perfect eighth with one strikeout.
Dan Klepchich (0-1) suffered the loss surrendering a pair of runs (both earned) on six this with two walks and four punch outs. Mason Miler (1.1 IP, 2 Hs), Stephen Aldrich (0.1 IP, 2 Hs, 1 R, 1 BB) and Kyle Ajjan (1.1 IP, 2 BBs) also worked innings for the Hawks out of the bullpen.
Burleson’s third sac fly of the season plated Turner Brown from third extending ECU’s lead to 2-0 in the second stanza. Brown singled to center to start the inning, took third on Ryder Giles’ first collegiate hit (hit and run) and darted home on Burleson’s line drive to center.
Monmouth pulled within one, 2-1, in the top of the third when Danny Long scored on a ground out to short off the bat of Kyle Norman.
Jake Washer added to the Pirates’ lead with a solo blast to left field in the seventh, his first of the season capping the scoring at 3-1.
The Pirates tallied 10 hits getting multiple base knocks from Burleson (three), Ryder Giles (two) and Washer (two). Long and Zach Schild registered two hits each for the Hawks, who finished with five total in the game.
ECU and Monmouth will close out the three-game series Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. (ET).