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Ingle dismissed; Pirates top UNCW on road

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UNC Wilmington's Blake Deatherage is tagged out by East Carolina shortstop Turner Brown on a rundown near second base on Tuesday.

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The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

East Carolina’s baseball team and its offense powered past UNC Wilmington in Wilmington on Tuesday night for the Pirates to complete a two-game regular season sweep of UNCW.

On a day when pitcher Joe Ingle was dismissed from the program prior to the game, one of the three home runs hits by the Pirates came from banged-up outfielder Dwanya Williams-Sutton in ECU’s 9-5 victory over the Seahawks. Williams-Sutton, who made only his 11th start of the year because of a wrist injury and saw action for the first time since April 1, hit a solo shot in the seventh inning for an 8-1 lead.

The Seahawks scored first with a run in the opening inning, but ECU (20-18) took control with eight unanswered runs and got a solid outing from senior pitcher Jacob Wolfe (4-2). The left-hander went five innings and allowed only the first-inning tally with three hits and no walks.

ECU is 2-10 in its last 12 games, with both wins against UNCW (16-19). East Carolina was shutout by Central Florida on Saturday in its previous game, but it produced 18 hits Tuesday.

The visitors broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run home run by Bryce Harman in the fourth inning, and a big top of the fifth featured a three-run homer by Luke Bolka.

“Obviously the two-run jack (by Harman) I thought got us going offensively, but Wolfe was tremendous tonight,” coach Cliff Godwin said during his postgame radio interview.

Bolka’s HR was a part of a four-run top of the fifth. At that point, the Pirates held a 12-3 advantage in hits. Harman finished 3-for-4 and Charlie Yorgen 5-for-5 with a double. 

The Pirates beat UNCW 10-2 in Greenville.

Ingle off team

No more save opportunities at ECU for Ingle, who was officially dismissed from the program Tuesday with a late afternoon announcement from Godwin.

The junior right-handed pitcher was a freshman All-American in 2015 and totaled 20 saves during his first two seasons, but he had only two saves this year with a 6.86 ERA and ECU had tried different bullpen combinations lately.

“We appreciate all of Joe’s hard work and wish him the best in the future,” Godwin said in a release.

Ingle pitched an inning against UNCW last Tuesday but then not at all during the three-game series against Central Florida. Most notable was last Thursday when the Pirates had freshman Tyler Smith try a two-inning save instead of using Ingle. Smith also pitched the ninth inning Tuesday night in Wilmington.

Smith, Matt Bridges and Chris Holba each have one save this season.

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