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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.


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.