In the top of the eighth inning Maryland tied the game at three. East Carolina (8-3) responded with a RBI double from Dwanya Williams-Sutton that scored Eric Tyler. Joe Ingle pitched the final 3.2 innings for the Pirates and won 4-3 in its final game of the Keith LeClair Classic.
Williams-Sutton was hitless in his first three plate appearances, striking out twice. In his fourth plate appearance he stepped to the plate with the score tied and a runner on second. Williams-Sutton worked a full count then ripped a pitch down the right field line scoring the game-winning run.
“It was a slider away,” said Williams-Sutton. “I know I had a bad weekend this weekend, but I just kept my head high, my teammates backed me up and we got a big win.”
Jimmy Boyd started the game for ECU and pitched 4.2 innings, allowing two runs. Nick Durazo came in to relieve Boyd and only recorded two outs. Ingle then came in with an out in the sixth inning. The sophomore finished the game for the Pirates, with a career high 84 pitches and nine strikeouts. Ingle’s career high 3.2 innings was expected.
“Coach told me earlier today to get ready for the fifth inning or sixth inning and he was right,” said Ingle.
Earlier in the game ECU missed on two opportunities to get runs on the board. Then Tyler’s two-run home run in the ninth broke the ice and the Pirates scored in each inning after that. Tyler also had a single in the game and was two for three at the plate.
“You could just tell that it was going to take us to have to throw a punch and Travis’ double and Tyler’s home run was that,” said head coach Cliff Godwin
Maryland (5-5) also had its struggles at the plate. Its first run came in the fifth inning on a solo homer from Kevin Smith. The Terrapins would score another run in the fifth on a Nick Dunn single. Defensively Maryland had only two errors but its second error in the game gave ECU a run to tie the game.
With four errors in its last game, the Pirates only had one against Maryland which came in the seventh inning. As a team, ECU had five extra base hits, four of them being doubles in the final game of the Keith LeClair Classic. The Pirates finished 2-1 for the weekend.
"I’m proud of our guys,” said Godwin “Just because the way they persevered. You guys saw the game, how it was tough early and nothing was going our way. Then all of a sudden, boom, we get a big hit and the guys started feeling better about themselves.”