Pirates improve to 2-0 with a 7-0 victory over Rider

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Carter Cunningham and Jacob Starling each hit their first home runs of the season.

Zach Root struck out seven in his much-anticipated season debut.

DH Conley graduate Dixon Williams drew three walks and had an RBI single.

Four Pirate pitchers each made their first appearance of the season and combined to only allow five hits in the game.

The Pirates jumped out to an early lead, scoring two in the 2nd inning. However, after a four-run 3rd inning, they were held scoreless in the final four innings.