Loading...
No Bless Your Heart to the numbskull wbo said the De o ratNo Bless Your Heart to the person who said the Democratics...

Options working for ECU bullpen

041618ECUBaseball-5.jpg
1 of 2

East Carolina's Ryan Ross high-fives players as he heads to the dugout during a home game this season.

031418ECUbaseball-8.jpg
Loading…

By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Friday, April 27, 2018

East Carolina baseball has four relief pitchers with an ERA under 1.65.

The quartet spans from two seniors — left-handed Ryan Ross and fifth-year righty Davis Kirkpatrick -— to the recent emergence of junior college transfer Zach Barnes being used in key situations and the strong presence of hard-throwing freshman Gavin Williams.

Ross is the team leader in saves (five) and appearances (19), which is accompanied by a sense of pride among relievers for the seventh-ranked Pirates (30-9, 8-4) as they prepare to host Houston (25-16, 10-5) this weekend in a battle for first place in the American Athletic Conference.

“I feel good and I can’t really complain because I love it,” Ross, who has a 1.62 ERA, said of being first in appearances. “Davis is right there with me, too, so we always make it fun and joke about that. It’s a good time.”

Ross might be ECU’s top relief option at the moment, but the Pirates are thriving on the mound while not having a clear-cut closer. It has worked, as the Pirates are tied for the AAC lead in saves with 12.

Five different players have at least one save, including now-weekend starters Alec Burleson and Tyler Smith. Burleson has four and Smith one.

“Obviously Burleson has done it and Davis has done it and Ryan Ross and Gavin have done it, but we also have a lot of confidence that Jake (Agnos) can do it and now Trey Benton,” coach Cliff Godwin said. “We have a lot of guys who can pitch on the back end, which is a good thing to have.”

Greenville native Kirkpatrick boasts a 2-0 record and team-best 1.27 ERA in 17 appearances.

Ross, who threw 16 innings in 2017 in his rookie year with the Pirates, has had four outings last at least three innings this season. During April, the lefty who has a knack for racking up strikeouts with his breaking pitches has totaled 14 1/3 frames and yielded one run on six hits.

“Last year I wasn’t as consistent, and it’s just about trusting my stuff against (hitters),” he said. “That’s what we always talk about is that our stuff is better than the guy who gets in the batter’s box. We have nine guys against the one guy who gets in the box, and we talk about that too.”

WEEKEND WATCH

Joe Davis, Houston: The 6-foot, 230-pound junior only has three home runs this year, but he is a proven offensive threat behind his 14 homers as a freshman and 46 RBIs from a year ago.

Tyler Smith, East Carolina: Winning series finales has been key to the Pirates’ season. Smith, who last weekend had a solid bounce-back start of five innings with two runs allowed against Memphis, is back in the Sunday role as ECU in the midst of the AAC championship race.

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

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.

ECU (10-7, 1-3 American Athletic Conference) was down to just eighth healthy players but also swiped 12 steals. That…

112518ECUwomen-10.jpg

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.

As the team’s second-ever season is set to begin, so too is a whole new understanding of the game and its many nuances at the top college level. The 2018…

01XX19lacrosse-6.JPG

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.

Gilbert posted an open letter to fans on the Pirates’ official website Thursday, saying that he will regularly use these “From…

011719basketball-9.JPG

January 17, 2019

One intriguing aspect of Wednesday night’s 85-74 victory for Temple basketball in Minges Coliseum was that Temple’s best player is senior guard Shizz Alston Jr. and East Carolina’s best player is freshman forward Jayden Gardner.

The pair of prolific scorers did not disappoint,…

011719basketball-8.JPG

January 16, 2019

Maryland’s hire of former East Carolina football head coach Scottie Montgomery as its offensive coordinator was made official by the Terrapins on Thursday. He also will serve as quarterbacks coach.

The hire should decrease what money ECU owes Montgomery. He was dismissed by the Pirates on Nov.…

111818ECUfootball-4.jpg.jpg.jpg

January 16, 2019

Things went according to plan for East Carolina basketball in front of an eager and enthusiastic crowd for the first 10 seconds Wednesday night in Minges Coliseum.

Red-hot freshman Jayden Gardner made a basket for the Pirates shortly after tip-off, but Temple reeled off 21 straight points and…

011719basketball-2.JPG

January 16, 2019

East Carolina football head coach Mike Houston and his family are closing on a house this week and making the full move to Greenville next week.

Houston has made Greenville home basically since he was officially hired from James Madison on Dec. 3 to be the 22nd coach of the Pirates. He has been…

011219football-4.JPG

January 16, 2019

East Carolina football has started its winter workouts with a heavy focus on the weight room under guidance from director of strength and conditioning John Williams Jr., but first-year head coach Mike Houston also has other plans for the Pirates as they continue to stride toward beginning spring…

011219football-5.JPG

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…

010619basketball-11.JPG

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…

010619basketball-10.JPG
286 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 29
        Next Page»   Last Page»