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ECU tops ODU for six-game streak

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Alec Burleson recorded the save Tuesday for East Carolina and was the winning pitcher Wednesday night at Old Dominion.

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The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

East Carolina’s baseball team never trailed in a victory at Old Dominion on Wednesday night, giving the Pirates a six-game winning streak heading into a big American Athletic Conference matchup with second-place Tulane in Greenville.

ECU won 10-7 against the Monarchs in Norfolk, Va., thanks to two runs each in the third and fourth innings, along with a late scoring flurry and another workmanlike effort by Alec Burleson.

The No. 11 Pirates (31-10) earned their fourth straight win in the series over ODU (24-16).

Burleson (4-1), who threw seven pitches to get the final out and the save Tuesday night against UNC Wilmington, was ECU’s starting pitcher and delivered a solid four-inning outing with one run allowed on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks. The left-hander, who was 0-for-4 at the plate and was replaced during the eighth inning, threw 59 pitches.

“This game worried me because of the emotional game last night at home and it lasted more than four hours, and then a quick turnaround,” coach Cliff Godwin said during his postgame radio interview on the Pirate IMG Network. “It started on the mound with Burleson. He was really good.”

Gavin Williams was one of the Pirates’ five relievers, firing three scoreless innings in 50 pitches.

ECU erupted for five runs in the eighth for a 10-2 cushion, which was matched by ODU’s five runs off Carter Spivey in the bottom of the ninth.

Dusty Baker, the No. 9 hitter in the ECU batting order, was 2-for-4 with a double for ECU’s lone extra-base hit among 12 total. Lane Hoover finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

The Pirates went up 2-0 in the top of the third, sparked by Hoover’s leadoff base hit, and he later scored on Baker’s double. Baker came home on a throwing error for a 2-0 Pirate edge. A two-run fourth included a Jake Washer RBI single.

Hoover also make a stellar defensive play in the outfield with a diving catch when the hosts had the bases loaded with no outs in the fifth inning.

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