ECU-State game cancelled
By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector
Monday, April 23, 2018
TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: East Carolina’s baseball game against N.C. State is cancelled because of inclement weather and will not be made up.
East Carolina moved back into the top-10 of the two major college baseball polls Monday, one day before traveling to Raleigh to take on rival and fellow top-10 squad N.C. State.
ECU (30-9), which went 4-0 last week in winning all four contests on the road, is No. 7 in the Baseball America poll, which has N.C. State (31-8) at No. 2. The Pirates jumped from No. 11 to seventh after their unbeaten week.
First pitch between the Pirates and State is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Doak Field. The game is available to watch on ACC Network Extra.
D1baseball.com has the Pirates ranked eighth and the Wolfpack No 3.
Jake Agnos has been ECU’s main midweek pitcher recently and he is likely to get the nod again Tuesday night. The left-handed sophomore is 2-0 in three midweek April starts, highlighted by pitching five-plus innings last Tuesday with one run allowed on three hits in a 9-2 victory at Duke.
He threw 93 pitches that night and was used during the weekend series at Memphis, throwing 38 pitches and two innings Saturday during a doubleheader sweep by ECU.
Last week also saw outfielder Dwanya Williams-Sutton continue the most consistent and effective stretch of his junior season. He had multiple hits in three of the Pirates’ four wins, including in the series finale against Memphis with a 2-for-4 outing with two doubles, an RBI and run scored.
Williams-Sutton, who has started nine straight games, has upped his season batting average to .393. Bryant Packard is batting .400, which leads the American Athletic Conference and he also is tied for the league lead in home runs with 10.
There have been plenty of big swings this year by N.C. State, which leads the Atlantic Coast Conference with 56 home runs. Brett Kinneman has 13, and Evan Edwards and Will Wilson each have 10.
Kinneman, a junior outfielder, also has 45 RBIs, 38 runs scored and a .304 batting average.
The Wolfpack, which won two of three at Duke last weekend and hosts North Carolina this weekend, is 19-5 at home. ECU has been boosted by its 14-2 road record.
This is the only scheduled meeting this season between the two teams. ECU hasn’t beaten the Pack in Raleigh since 2009, and a year ago the only game was a 6-0 win by N.C. State in Greenville.
Baseball America ranks Florida No. 1 and the rest of the top-10 this week is: N.C. State, Stanford, Texas Tech, Mississippi, Oregon State, East Carolina, Arkansas, UCLA and North Carolina.
ECU and N.C. State also are set to play in softball this week. Wednesday’s game between the Pirates (21-26), who just won a big series against South Florida, and Wolfpack (22-25) is set for a 5 p.m. first pitch at the ECU Softball Stadium.
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