Diamond Bucs Sweep Charlotte

East Carolina (13-11, 6-3 Conference-USA) won its second straight conference series by sweeping Charlotte (3-16-1, 0-9 C-USA).

East Carolina (13-11, 6-3 Conference-USA) defeated Charlotte (3-16-1, 0-9 C-USA) on Friday and twice on Saturday to claim its second consecutive conference series win.

ECU powered past the 49ers due to excellent performances throughout the whole pitching staff. The Diamond Bucs also shined at the plate—especially Ben Fultz, who went 7-for-14 at the plate and had eight RBI this weekend.

Despite going six innings without a run, the Pirates were able to power past Charlotte 5-2 in Friday's Game 1. T.J. Nichting opened up the weekend's scoring with an RBI single that scored Zach Jarrett and put the 49ers ahead 1-0 in the third.

The Pirates, who went into the eighth down 3-1, closed the gap via a fielder's choice RBI by Reid Love. The throw to second base was late, which allowed Ian Townsend to score. They'd blow the game open with a four-hit, three-run showing in the ninth. Townsend singled to the right to notch the tying RBI. Drew Reynolds and Zach Houchins each scored to allow ECU to close things out with a 5-3 win.

Jeff Hoffman threw seven innings, giving up three runs (all earned) on six hits en route to another no decision. Ryan Williams (7-1) earned hit NCAA-leading seventh win of the season by surrendering no runs on a single hit in two innings of relief.

ECU found itself in a sort of rallying situation in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. The two sides went three frames without a run before Charlotte exploded with five in the bottom of the fourth. Reid Love, who hadn't given up a hit yet, surrendered five runs (all earned) on six hits—all with no outs.

The Diamond Bucs responded with five runs of their own in the top of the fifth. Townsend's sac-fly RBI opened the floodgates and Fultz followed up with a double down the left field line that brought in another three runs. Luke Lowery closed out the inning's scoring with another RBI single to tie the game at five apiece.

Brett Mabry (2-0) earned another win after giving up three hits and no runs in 3.1 innings pitched. Drew Reynolds also notched his fourth save of the season by allowing no runs and no hits and striking out one 49er in 2.2 innings pitched.

The Pirates didn't let up. They were held off the board in the sixth inning, but notched a run in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to win the game 8-5.

ECU kept rolling that afternoon to take Game 3 and complete the sweep. Instead of waiting a few innings to get on the board, the Pirates jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first. Houchins first scored on a throwing error. Shortly after, Fultz plated Bryce Harman and Townsend with a triple down the right field line.

That first inning was enough to put away Charlotte. ECU added another two runs in the third to make it 5-0. Charlotte showed signs of life with a three-hit, two-run eighth inning, but that would be all the offense the 49ers would get.

The Pirates return to Greenville four five games. They'll host in-state rivals UNC-Wilmington and North Carolina Central before UMBC visits for a weekend series.

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