Seahawks complete season-sweep of Pirates

After getting its first taste of success in conference play over the weekend, ECU's same midweek woes continued Tuesday against UNC Wilmington.

In the teams' first meeting on March 19, the UNC Wilmington Seahawks scored seven unanswered runs—after trailing 1-0—and coasted past ECU, 10-3, to begin the Pirates' season-long six-game losing streak.

On Tuesday night, Wilmington completed its season sweep of ECU with a 6-2 win at Clark LeClair Stadium.

The Pirates (17-20) handed the ball to freshman left-hander Nick Durazo (0-4), who received the loss after allowing three runs on just two hits in his three innings of work, while striking out three batters.

After scoring its two runs in the third inning, ECU only put one runner in scoring position—Luke Lowery in the fourth—for the remainder of the game.

"I thought we swung at some good pitches in good hitters counts and we just didn't do anything with it," said Pirates coach Billy Godwin.

Wilmington (27-11) threw four pitchers Tuesday, beginning with junior Blaze Tart. Tart went 3 1/3 innings, surrendering five hits and three walks, but it was junior Ricky Holden (4-1) who earned the win by pitching 4 2/3 frames and only giving up two hits.

Both teams began the game by loaded the bases and notched a pair of hits in the game's opening frame. Wilmington scored three runs—highlighted by third baseman Ryan LaGrange's two-RBI double—while ECU left fielder Nick Thompson grounded into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

The Pirates had them loaded again in the third inning and got two runs back on a Blaze wild pitch and a Drew Reynolds sacrifice-fly to left field that scored Garrett Brooks and Bryan Bass.

Wilmington strung together three consecutive hits in the sixth inning, including an RBI triple by designated-hitter Hunter Ridge that narrowly eluded an outstretched Dylan Brown in right field to drive-in LaGrange. Brown was slow to get up, but stayed in the game.

The Seahawks added two more runs in the frame on a RBI-single from catcher Drew Farber and a Michael Bass sacrifice-fly to push the lead back to 6-2.

LaGrange collected his third RBI of the game in the ninth inning by lacing a single up the middle, just past a diving Jack Reinheimer at shortstop, to make it 7-2.

ECU will begin a three-game series on the road at Alabama-Birmingham that Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Pirates (3-6 C-USA) won their first weekend series in Conference USA play last weekend at Tulane. For the team to salvage anything out of its frustrating season, they know they will have to continuing winning in league play.

"It's no secret that conference games are more important at this time of year when you're trying to build a resume and climb up in those standings in conference," said Reynolds, who is Conference USA's reigning Pitcher of the Week. "It's going to be a big (series)."


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