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Houston downs Pirates in AAC tourney

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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

August 14, 2018

Dave Hart’s role as special athletics adviser to East Carolina Chancellor Cecil Staton has been extended through football season, in part because of the difficulties the Pirates are facing financially as they prepare for another scholastic and athletics year.

Hart’s original six-month…

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August 14, 2018

Of all the statistics that doomed East Carolina’s football team in 2017, and on defense in particular, a glaring disparity was that ECU scored 31 points off turnovers and opponents finished with 121.

Third-year head coach Scottie Montgomery has stressed for ECU defenders to be more aggressive…

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August 13, 2018

East Carolina connecting on deep passes Saturday during a preseason scrimmage was sometimes directly tied to quarterback scrambles.

There were no quarterback-designed runs as suggested by the coaching staff to protect the passers from injury, but the ECU trio of Reid Herring, Holton Ahlers and…

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August 11, 2018

It remains difficult for East Carolina’s offense to run against the ECU defensive front, which led to the team airing it out Saturday during the first scrimmage of the preseason.

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August 11, 2018

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August 10, 2018

ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton has requested an independent audit of the university’s athletic department in hopes of putting to rest continuing concerns raised about the financial health of the Pirates’ sports program.

Staton told The Daily Reflector in a conversation Wednesday he…

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August 10, 2018

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There is the factor of new defensive coordinator David Blackwell and his schemes, but also head coach Scottie…

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August 08, 2018

Peyton Winstead and Garrett McGhin are often directly beside each other to the form the right side of the top offensive line during East Carolina football practices.

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August 08, 2018

The East Carolina athletics office of compliance is leading an internal review into the school’s women’s basketball program.

An ECU spokesman said Wednesday that there is no further comment until the review is complete. It is unclear if potential NCAA violations are involved or not. The…

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August 07, 2018

Check out some highlights below and story from East Carolina football practice with players in shoulder pads and helmets.

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Things picking up at #ECU practice with intensity and some physicality this morning ... pic.twitter.com/Zi98oV4eMH

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