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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

April 24, 2019

East Carolina’s baseball team never trailed in a victory at Old Dominion on Wednesday night, giving the Pirates a six-game winning streak heading into a big American Athletic Conference matchup with second-place Tulane in Greenville.

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April 24, 2019

East Carolina went from on the bubble to officially in the NCAA women’s golf tournament on Wednesday, when the entire four-regional bracket was announced.

The Pirates will be the No. 14 seed at the Auburn (Ala.) Regional, beginning May 6, that is led by Duke as the No. 1 seed and American…

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April 24, 2019

An ideal situation for the East Carolina football offense this year would be a completely healthy and productive season from quarterback Holton Ahlers, with veteran and former starter Reid Herring also healthy and available for game action.

Ahlers and Herring both faced injuries at times in 2018,…

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April 23, 2019

Facing the final five-game week of its regular season, East Carolina’s baseball team had to battle to knock off rival UNC Wilmington on Tuesday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

ECU’s 8-5 victory required much more late-inning drama than in the Pirates’ routine 9-1 win over the…

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April 23, 2019

With hints of the football press box and suites buildings already in place at the University of Cincinnati, TCU and Wake Forest as guiding posts, East Carolina University is in the final few months of putting a unique Pirate touch on the TowneBank Tower that should greatly enhance Dowdy-Ficklen…

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April 22, 2019

Base hits are vital in baseball, but hitting singles is only a small part of East Carolina first baseman Spencer Brickhouse’s game.

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April 22, 2019

East Carolina moved up two places to eighth on Day 2 of the American Athletic Conference men’s golf championships at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Led by junior Blake Taylor and his even-par 71 thanks to a birdie putt on No. 18 to move into the top-10 as an…

April 22, 2019

The East Carolina men’s golf team is in 10th place after the first round of the American Athletic Conference Championship at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla.

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April 20, 2019

East Carolina made another strong statement on Saturday as the American Athletic Conference baseball leader, this time beginning at 9 a.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium and then during the afternoon hours in sunny and better hitting conditions in front of 3,655 fans.

The bullpen was key for the Pirates…

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April 19, 2019

East Carolina pitcher Jake Agnos and coach Cliff Godwin had a heated exchange on the pitcher’s mound during the ninth inning Thursday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium, which turned into a more calm and productive conversation between the pair a few minutes later after ECU completed a 5-1 win…

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