ECU baseball gave up 19 hits Tuesday night, allowing 10 runs in a 10-4 defeat at the hands of the William & Mary Tribe. While the defense was porous, the offense was stagnant. The Pirates had just seven hits, including only four in the first seven innings.
“We have to get the guys to slow the game down,” said coach Billy Godwin. “The game is going really fast for us right now.”
Down 4-2 at the end of the fifth inning, ECU had the chance to either solidify or collapse. The Tribe responded by loading the bases in the sixth inning, scoring two runs to spark a 5-0 run through the top of the eighth.
William & Mary’s three-run eighth inning started with two straight outs. Following a base hit and a walk, Jackson Shaver hit a RBI single. The next batter was walked to load the bases. Then Thomas Pulisic hit a back-breaking two RBI double to take a 9-2 lead.
The Pirates responded in the bottom of the eighth by loading the bases themselves. Ben Fultz hit a RBI sac fly, followed by an RBI single from Drew Reynolds to make the score 9-4 in favor of the Tribe.
William & Mary scored on an ECU error to score the last run in the ninth and secure the 10-4 victory.
“We cant’ feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to find a way to pull out of this,” said Godwin. “We are going to keep pushing until we get the results we need.”
Tyler Bolton (0-2) got the loss on the mound for the Pirates. Bolton finished with two runs on seven hits and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work. Four other ECU pitchers stepped in relief- Andy Smithmyer, Brett Mabry, Dylan Dickens and Justin Taylor. Smithmyer lasted the longest in relief, working 3.2 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.
Dylan Brown led the Pirates at the plate with two hits, an RBI and a run scored in five at bats. Only five other batters recorded hits in the game, including two pinch hitters.
“We are backed down into a corner and we aren’t going to lay down in it. We are going to walk out,” said Brown. “We are going to keep swinging the bat, practicing hard and playing hard and it’s going to go our way.”
The game did not start in ECU’s favor in the slightest. The Tribe recorded four hits in the first inning alone, including two runs as Charley Gould and Ryan Hissey hit a RBI single and double respectively. The lead grew to 4-0 in the fourth inning when two more runs were scored in a bases-loaded situation.
ECU finally got on the board in the fifth as an RBI sac fly from Travis Watkins scored Chris Gosik. Brown later hit an RBI single to cut to a 4-2 lead.
The Pirates play again on Wednesday, March 27, at Elon. Their focus will be getting back into the win column.
“It’s a long season, we are going to figure it out and turn it around,” said Brown. “This is behind us now. All we are thinking about now is tomorrow.”