Pirates' downward spiral continues
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.