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Pirates use 10-run second inning to sweep double header

GREENVILLE — For the first time since 2010, No. 11 East Carolina scored at least 10 runs in one inning when it plated 11 in the second to defeat Radford 15-9 and sweep the Opening Day double header last night.

“Anytime you can go out and win two games in one day is pretty awesome, especially because the percentages say most teams split,” ECU head coach Cliff Godwin said.

Bryant Packard started off the avalanche of runs in the second with a RBI double deep into the left corner to score Turner Brown and give the Pirates (2-0) a 4-2 lead. The next batter, Bryson Worrell, hit an identical double and grabbed his third and fourth RBI of the game, scoring Packard and Nick Barber. Jake Washer then singled to bring home Worrell in the next at-bat, followed by a right-field single for Brady Lloyd that saw Washer come home in a hurry for an 8-3 lead.

After Alec Burleson got on base, Seth Caddell added two RBI of his own to bring home both Burleson and Lloyd. Barber came up again in the inning and hit a double to score Caddell and Packard finished off the scoring in the inning with a two-run home run that gave ECU a comfortable 13-3 lead.

“It (the big inning) was really good, especially after we gave up two runs in the first and you can come back and put up a 10-spot,” Godwin said.

In the first inning, Radford (0-2) plated two runs early after Andrew Szamski homered to left center and brought Spencer Horwitz home with him. Worrell started off the Pirates’ scoring with an identical two-run home run that saw both him and Packard cross the plate for a tie game. After Spencer Brickhouse got on base, Burleson hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring him home.

ECU tacked on a run in both the third and sixth thanks to another sacrifice fly from Burleson and a home run from Caddell, respectively.

The Highlanders never scored more than one run in any inning after their two-run opening inning, but saw Horwitz lead in a lopsided loss. Horwitz went 3-for-3 in game two with two runs, two RBI and a walk. He also went 4-for-6 on the day, the best of any Radford player.

The Pirates will look for the sweep tomorrow with the first pitch scheduled for noon.