CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (ECU Media Relations) – Jacob Wolfe allowed one run over six innings, while Luke Bolka drove in a career-high four runs helping East Carolina to a 6-1 series win over No. 4 Virginia Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field. With the win, the Pirates improve to 6-0 while the Cavaliers fall to 3-3.
Wolfe (2-0) scattered four hits over his six frames surrendering one run (unearned) with a pair of walks and two strikeouts. Nick Durazo notched his first save of the season and fourth of his career tossing 3.0 scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts.
Daniel Lynch (1-1) suffered the loss giving up six runs (all earned) on seven hits with two walks and three punch outs in 5.1 innings. Jack Roberts (2.2 IP, 4BB, 4Ks) and Tyler Shambora (1.0 IP, 1K) combined to toss 3.2 scoreless frames of relief.
The Pirates outhit the Cavaliers 8 to 6 on the day getting three hits from Dwanya Williams-Sutton and a pair from Travis Watkins. Williams-Sutton scored a game-high three runs and drove in one, while lacing a pair of triples. Bolka went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer and a walk.
How It Happened:
Bolka staked ECU to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second thanks to his first home run of the season, a three-run shot, and third of his career. Eric Tyler reached base after getting hit by a Lynch pitch with one out and Bryce Harman followed with a single up the middle putting runners at first and second for Bolka, who took a 1-0 offering over the left field wall.
Bolka continued his day driving in the Pirates fourth run of the contest on an RBI ground out in the top of the fourth making it a 4-0 contest. Williams-Sutton tripled to right center with one out and Wesley Phillips drew a walk putting runners on the corners for Bolka, who rolled a 0-1 pitch to third base plating Williams-Sutton.
ECU added a pair of runs in the sixth extending its lead to 6-0. Tyler singled to center with one out and Williams-Sutton followed with his second three-base hit of the game easily plating Tyler. Phillips capped the Pirates scoring with a sac fly to left field giving ECU a six-run lead.
Virginia finally got on the board in the bottom half of the sixth on an errant throw by Phillips over to Harman at first that allowed Adam Haseley to score.
Wolfe notched his seventh career win (7-2) on his 21st birthday … With the win, the Pirates improved to 6-0 marking the eighth time in program history they started 6-0 (last was 2004) … It’s also the first series win over a Top 5 program since taking 2 of 3 from Houston in 2002 … Williams-Sutton laced a pair of triples becoming the first Pirate since Jamie Borel in 1993 against William & Mary … Bolka drove in a career-high four runs … ECU recorded three two-out RBI pushing its season total to 18 … The Pirates series win against the Cavaliers is the first non-conference series loss in the Brian O’Connor era … Parker Lamm extended his current hit streak to seven games, while Bryce Harman saw his streak end at eight games.
ECU will look for a series weekend sweep over No. 4 Virginia when the two teams meet on Sunday, Feb. 28 for game three. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. (EST).