Chris Holba

Junior Chris Holba pitching for ECU Baseball.

The East Carolina University baseball team closed out the LeClair Classic with a 9-0 victory in game three against Saint Joseph’s University on Sunday.

ECU scored three runs in the third inning thanks to junior shortstop Turner Brown and sophomore designated hitter Spencer Brickhouse. Brown hit an RBI single scoring Bryant Packard from second, then Brickhouse doubled to center field pushing Brown to third, who would end up scoring on an errant throw by first baseman Kadar Namey. Right fielder Chandler Jenkins' earned a RBI fielder's choice that brought Brickhouse home to give the Pirates the 3-0 lead.

Freshman catcher Seth Caddell hit a solo home-run to left field in the sixth inning to put ECU up 4-0. Packard got a three-run homer in the seventh inning to cap off a strong performance in both batting and pitching, putting the Pirates up 9-0. Redshirt sophomore pitcher Cam Colmore finished off the Hawks on the mound to secure the 9-0 victory for ECU.

Holba continued to pitch well this season by throwing seven scoreless innings on Sunday. He struck out eight batters and did not allow a walk in those seven innings. Holba retired 11 straight batters to start the game before Charlie Concannon swung on a wild pitch strikeout.

Packard led the Pirates in the 11-hit rampage by going 3-for-4 in his at bats including his second home run of the season while adding four RBI and a pair of runs as well. Washer earned two hits, while seven other batters had one hit each.

"I thought we played okay last night (in game two), just not good enough to win. We came out with a lot of energy and had some quality at-bats throughout the lineup,” head coach Cliff Godwin said. “Holba was outstanding today (game three) and when he is on the mound it takes the pressure off the offense. He puts up zeroes and then we score runs and he comes right back out with more zeroes, it allows the team to gain some momentum."

ECU dropped the second game of the LeClair Classic on Sunday, losing to No. 28 Missouri State University 7-4.

Sophomore left hander Jake Agnos’ struggling start to the season continued, as he gave up three earned runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Bears pitcher Dylan Coleman also allowed three earned runs on six hits and four walks, but it was over seven innings pitched to go along with eight strikeouts.

The Bears pushed the lead to 4-1 in the sixth inning behind Logan Geha’s second hit of the game, but the Pirates scored two runs in the frame with help of sophomore designated hitter Brickhouse’s season-high tying third hit to score junior second baseman Brady Lloyd, followed by freshman first baseman Alec Burleson’s RBI single to bring home Brickhouse and make it a one run game.

Junior third baseman Connor Litten added another run in the eighth inning with a solo homerun, but the Bears scored three runs over the final three frame cap off the scoring, and secure the 7-4 victory.

ECU will return to the field on Tuesday when it welcomes the College of Charleston. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.

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