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TAB: ECU baseball pitching rotation

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ECU's Evan Kruczynski throws a warm up pitch on April 29, 2016. (Joe Pellegrino/The Daily Reflector)


By Ronnie Woodward
The Daily Reflector

Friday, February 17, 2017



Evan Kruczynski — East Carolina can relish the fact that Kruczynski’s start today will be his third straight on opening day. The preseason All-American is one of the most proven pitchers in the country thanks to a 16-5 record during his junior and sophomore seasons combined. As a junior, the tall left-hander went at least seven innings in 12 of his 16 starts. Today, he will face another southpaw in Mississippi’s David Parkinson, who posted a 5-3 record with a 2.78 ERA as a sophomore in 2016.


Jacob Wolfe — There was chatter at different points in the offseason that a batch of new talent might push Wolfe out of the weekend rotation, but the senior left-hander had a strong preseason and solidified himself as the Pirates’ No. 2 starting pitcher. He is looking to remain in the Saturday role all season after 2016 saw him shift some throughout the rotation. Wolfe was an innings-eater the last two years, pitching 88 2/3 frames as a sophomore and 88 1/3 a year ago. His career ERA in 44 appearances (32 starts) is 3.12.


Sam Lanier — Who pitches out of the bullpen during the first two games of the season will be the main factor in who starts Sunday, at least for this weekend. If Lanier, a sophomore who was a top bullpen arm as a rookie but has never made a start, is not used Friday or Saturday then he is likely to get the starting nod. If he is used as a reliever, look for Trey Benton or fellow freshman Jake Agnos to start Sunday. Other candidates are Chris Holba, Tyler Smith and Hunter Hood.


Joe Ingle (closer), Matt Bridges, Evan Voliva, Lanier, Holba, Agnos, Luke Bolka, Ryan Ross, Smith.


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April 24, 2018

A widespread storm that hit North Carolina early Tuesday and cancelled a top-10 college baseball showdown between East Carolina and N.C. State in Raleigh left Pirate fourth-year coach Cliff Godwin adamant about being disappointed in not playing the Wolfpack this season.

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April 23, 2018

TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: East Carolina’s baseball game against N.C. State is cancelled because of inclement weather and will not be made up. 


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April 21, 2018

East Carolina had an inauspicious beginning to Saturday’s doubleheader at Memphis, falling being by a couple of runs in the opening inning of the first game, but the Pirates pounded home four runs in the fifth for for a 4-2 win, then took a 4-0 lead in the series finale and held on for…


April 20, 2018

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April 20, 2018

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April 20, 2018

After dropping a traditional weekend series for the first time this season last week against South Florida in Greenville, the East Carolina baseball team traveled to Durham on Tuesday and beat Duke 9-2 for another key resume-building victory.

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April 19, 2018

No. 7 seed East Carolina cruised into the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference men’s tennis championships with a 4-0 victory over No. 10 seed Connecticut in Dallas on Thursday.

ECU (22-4) swept the doubles point and then got three singles victories in straight sets…

April 19, 2018

An unexpected infusion of cash from the American Athletic Conference will help offset other losses and keep East Carolina athletics within negative budget projections for the current fiscal year — an expected loss of about $979,000 to bring the department’s running deficit to $3.2…

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April 18, 2018

East Carolina held spring football practice early this year, ending it with the annual Purple-Gold Game on March 24 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, and that led to more free time for the Pirate players and coaches in April.

Coach Scottie Montgomery said Wednesday during the American Athletic Conference…


April 17, 2018

DURHAM — Tuesday night served as a college baseball showcase of sorts in the Triangle.

East Carolina, the lone non-Atlantic Coast Conference member alongside Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State, left ACC land with a big win by defeating Duke 9-2 at Jack Coombs Field for the Pirates’…

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