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East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin (23), pictured during an ejection May 11 at Clark-LeClair Stadium, was ejected for arguing balls and strikes during the American Athletic Conference tournament in Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday.

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The Daily Reflector

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A familiar nemesis dealt East Carolina its first loss at the American Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday, as top-seeded Houston broke a tie with two runs in the seventh inning of a 5-3 win over the Pirates in Clearwater, Fla.

On another jam-packed day due to impending bad weather, the fourth-seeded Pirates (41-16) battled back from 3-1 down to tie the game with runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Cougars (38-22) stayed alive thanks to Lael Lockhart’s RBI single and Joe Davis’ sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Lockhart (2-for-4) then took the mound to face the Pirates’ final four batters to earn the save.

It was the ninth straight Pirate loss to the Cougars, and they must wake up and play them again Thursday morning at 10 in an elimination game. The day and time for the AAC championship game is still undecided.

ECU is still seeking a win that would likely solidify it as a host in next week’s NCAA regional round.

Pirate head coach Cliff Godwin was ejected for the second time this season after remonstrating with home plate umpire Jim Schaly over balls and strikes.

ECU starter West Covington allowed three runs, but the loss was pinned on Jake Agnos, who was charged with the final two UH tallies in a brief appearance. Joey Pulido earned the win for Houston.

Tyler Bielamowicz belted a two-run single to get Houston rolling in the bottom of the second, but Bryant Packard — who later left the game with an injury while diving for a ball in left field — pulled a run back with his RBI single in the third.

UH upped it to 3-1 on Davis’ RBI single in the bottom of the third, but the Pirates rallied back on Brady Lloyd’s RBI double in the fourth and Andrew Henrickson’s sac fly in the fifth.

The teams had eight hits each, including 2-for-3 days for Burleson (2B) and Turner Brown at the bottom of the Pirates’ batting order, and a double off the bat of Spencer Brickhouse.

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ECU

June 17, 2018

The United States team completed a dominant run at the FIBA Americas U18 basketball tournament in Ontario, Canada, on Saturday night with a 113-74 victory against the host Canadian squad to take the gold medal.

East Carolina first-year coach Joe Dooley helped pick the team, which was led…

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June 16, 2018

East Carolina sophomore outfielder Bryant Packard earned his school-record seventh All-America honor after being named a first-teamer by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Saturday.

Packard led ECU in seven offensive categories, including batting average (.406) to rank seventh nationally.…

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June 15, 2018

East Carolina first-year coach Joe Dooley played in part in assembling the roster for the USA Basketball U18 National Team that could be on a collision course to face host team Canada this weekend in the championship game of the FIBA Americas tournament.

Dooley was a court coach during…

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June 14, 2018

To many in the world of women’s basketball, Anne Donovan was a giant. And not just because she stood 6-foot-8.

She won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach in her storied career. She died Wednesday and people in Greenville…

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June 13, 2018

Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer and former East Carolina women’s head coach who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56.

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June 12, 2018

Reality set in for East Carolina shot put standout Galissia Cause during her hotel check-in last week in Eugene, Ore., for the track and field NCAA Outdoor Championships.

She competed at the NCAA East Regional meet in all four of her seasons, but only this year did the senior make it past…

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June 10, 2018

There is a group text message involving some recent East Carolina baseball players.

They are great friends, and it is during these messages about jobs or social plans when Evan Kruczynski is reminded how lucky he is to be a professional baseball player.

There is a grind associated with the day-to-…

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June 08, 2018

Galissia Cause already was the East Carolina record holder in the outdoor shot put and she ended her collegiate career Thursday night in All-America fashion, placing 10th in the shot put event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Ore. Taking 10th place garnered her second-team All-…

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June 07, 2018

East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin had been linked to the Mississippi State head coaching position this week, but Godwin confirmed Thursday that he is staying with the Pirates.

This is the second Southeastern Conference school that has shown interest in Godwin, who is an ECU alum and former…

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June 06, 2018

Just like last June, East Carolina baseball’s pitching ace is headed to the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

ECU Friday night starter Chris Holba was selected early in the final day of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday, going in the 11th round to the Cardinals. St. Louis also…

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