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St. John's tops East Carolina 11-3 in NCAA opener

Kyle Hansen struck out eight while Matt Wessinger had three hits and two RBIs to help St. John's beat East Carolina 11-3 Friday in the Chapel Hill Regional of the NCAA tournament.

Kyle Richardson and Jimmy Brennan each drove in a pair of runs for the third-seeded Red Storm (38-21), who scored the first six runs and never looked back. St. John's has won five straight going back to its run to last week's Big East championship.

Hansen (5-5) earned the win, allowing eight hits and three runs in 7 1-3 innings.

Corey Thompson had two RBIs for the second-seeded Pirates (35-23-1), who have lost 15 of 27 games since mid-April. Jeff Hoffman (3-2) took the loss, allowing seven hits and four runs in 4 1-3 innings.

East Carolina fell to 1-16 at North Carolina's Boshamer Stadium since 1994, including 14 straight losses to the host Tar Heels.