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The Daily Reflector

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A road trip north did nothing to change the East Carolina baseball team’s southward plunge in the American Athletic Conference.

The Pirates, ranked in most top 25 polls to start the season, fell to 0-10 in the American with another convincing league loss, this time in their series opener against host Cincinnati. ECU fell behind 8-0 on its way to an 8-2 loss.

East Carolina (20-19), already swept in series against Connecticut, Houston and Central Florida this season, is now 2-11 in its last 13 games. The team also parted ways with closer Joe Ingle earlier this week.

On Friday at Marge Schott Stadium, the host Bearcats (20-18, 5-5 AAC) already led 3-0 after five innings before blowing up for five more tallies over the sixth and seventh to cement the victory. ECU scored a pair of meaningless runs in the top of the ninth to avoid being shut out and to make something of its 10 hits in the game.

Eric Tyler led the Pirates with a 3-for-5 night in the leadoff spot. Charlie Yorgen and Turner Brown notched two hits apiece in the loss, and Yorgen and T.J. Riles were credited with RBIs in the ninth.

Trey Benton suffered the loss after pitching into the sixth inning and yielding four runs on six hits.

Cincy’s Nos. 8 and 9 hitters did most of the damage, with Manny Rodriguez cashing in a 2-for-3 night with two RBIs and Treg Haberkorn also finishing 2-for-3 with three runs driven to the plate.

The series, and the Pirates’ search for a first American victory, continues at 4 p.m. today.

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ECU

January 19, 2019

Despite a season-high 27 offensive rebounds, the ECU women’s basketball team could not convert the second chances into points and fell 58-46 at Memphis on Saturday afternoon.

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January 18, 2019

Last year, East Carolina women’s lacrosse was new enough that the team and its coaches did not yet know what they didn’t know.

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January 17, 2019

A letter from East Carolina athletics director Jon Gilbert addressed his first month-plus in charge of Pirate athletics and it also looked ahead to the future.

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January 17, 2019

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January 16, 2019

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January 16, 2019

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January 16, 2019

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January 16, 2019

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January 15, 2019

Shawn Williams was the 2018 American Athletic Conference basketball rookie of the year, and this season he has seen East Carolina teammate and freshman Jayden Gardner firmly put himself in position for a Pirate to potentially win the award for the second straight year.

Gardner’s outstanding…

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January 14, 2019

Jayden Gardner continues to thrive as a freshman basketball player for East Carolina, including recently taking over as the American Athletic Conference’s leading scorer, and his praise continued Monday when he was lauded again by the AAC.

Gardner was named the league’s co-freshman of…

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