Houston picked up a three-game sweep of East Carolina who lose their seventh straight games 9-6 at Cougar Field Sunday afternoon.
Fred Villarreal moved to 1-0 with the win for Houston while Matt Bridges falls to 0-2 with the loss for the Pirates.
ECU(18-15/0-6 AAC) got the scoring started in the second inning when Luke Bolka’s three-run homer to left center put the Pirates up 3-0. In the bottom of the same frame, Houston answered with a Jake Scheiner home run. Then Connor Hollis singled to right and that scored one run to pull within one at 3-2.
In the top of the third, the Pirates were at it again when Travis Watkins doubled to centerfield and that allowed Charlie Yorgen to score. Jake Washer got in the act briefly when his pop fly to center allowed Watkins to score to make it 5-2 ECU.
Houston(23-8/4-2 AAC) came right back in the bottom of the third to score a pair of runs when Connor Wong scored on a Grayson Padgett pop fly and Joe Davis’ big bat produced another home run to trim the ECU lead to one at 5-4.
The Cougars scored again in the bottom of the fourth frame when a walk to Padgett with the bases loaded produced one run to tie the game at 5-5.
The Pirates were able to take the lead again in the fifth inning when Eric Tyler scored on a passed ball to put ECU up 6-5.
But things got out of hand with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth when Houston picked up a pair of runs on a Scheiner base hit to give the Cougars a 7-6 lead.
Then Corey Julks’ triple down the right field line scored another pair of runs to give the Cougars a three-run cushion at 9-6 which proved to be the final margin of victory.
ECU takes to the field again this Tuesday with UNC-Wilmington invades Clark-LeClair Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.