GREENVILLE, N.C. (ECU Media Relations) – Jimmy Boyd allowed a pair of runs over five innings of work, while Joe Ingle recorded his second save of the season helping East Carolina to a season opening sweep over Longwood 5-3 Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Boyd (1-0) gave up the two runs (both earned) in the first inning before throwing up zeroes the next four frames to pick up his sixth career win in a Pirate uniform. Nick Durazo surrendered one run (earned) on three hits and tied his career-high with five strikeouts in two innings of work. Ingle tossed two scoreless frames giving up a hit and striking out one.
Zach Potojecki (0-1) suffered the loss giving up five runs (four earned) on nine this with five punch-outs in 6.2 frames. Devin Gould worked the final 1.1 innings issuing a walk and fanning one.
ECU out hit Longwood 9-8 on the day behind a pair of base knocks from Bryce Harman, Travis Watkins and Charlie Yorgen, while the first five hitters in the Pirate lineup accounted for 8 of the 9 hits.
How It Happened:
Longwood wasted little time in jumping out to 2-0 lead in the first inning. C.J. Roth and Colton Konvicka reached on consecutive singles putting runners at first and second for Michael Osinski, who singled through the right side scoring Roth. Alex Lewis followed and grounded into a 5-4-3 double play that plated Konvicka giving the Lancers an early lead.
ECU responded with three runs in the bottom half of the first on RBI base hits by Harman and Eric Tyler and a sac fly by Dwanya Williams-Sutton for a 3-2 advantage. Parker Lamm reached on an infield bunt single before Watkins’ single put runners on the corners. Harman laced a full-count offering to center pushing across Lamm. Tyler, who already has six hits on the season, took a Potojecki pitch to left field easily allowing Watkins to score. Williams-Sutton’s sac fly to straight away center pushed Harman across.
Jeff Nelson’s two-out triple in the fourth scored Wesley Phillips from first and extended ECU’s lead to 4-2.
Both teams plated runs in the seventh inning capping the scoring at 5-3.
ECU’s season-opening sweep over Longwood marks the first time the Pirates swept an opponent to begin a season since 2012 (Milwaukee) … The Pirates had a pair of two-out RBI pushing their season total to 12 … ECU advanced runners at a .500 clip (8-for-16) for the second time in the series (also 8-for-16 on Friday).
ECU will be back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 24 when it play host to N.C. A&T at 4 p.m. (EST).