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ROUNDUP: Pirates thrive in Cuba

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East Carolina's Bryant Packard takes a swing against UNC Wilmington at Clark-LeClair Stadium on June 3.

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ECU, Staff reports

Thursday, July 12, 2018

East Carolina standout and Greenville native Bryant Packard went 2-for-4 as the leadoff hitter in Game 1 for the USA Collegiate National Team in the USA vs. Cuba series in Havana, Cuba, on Tuesday night.

Game 2 on Wednesday night saw ECU pitcher Jake Agnos throw four innings with three strikeouts and no Cuba players reach base. 

Packard was also the leadoff hitter in Game 2, finishing 1-for-3 in a 3-0 win for a 2-0 series lead for the Americans.

The series is scheduled to conclude on Saturday. In addition to Packard and Agnos on the roster, ECU coach Cliff Godwin is serving as the team’s hitting coach.

Golf accolade

The East Carolina women’s golf team was one of 25 teams recognized Wednesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association for having a collective GPA of 3.806, which ranked fourth nationally out of 264 universities.

This was the Pirates highest-ever standing and it marked the third straight year they were ranked in the top-10. Earlier this month, Carley Cox, Dorthea Forbrigd, Kate Law and Lisa Pettersson all repeated as Division I All-America scholars by the WGCA.

“It’s exciting to continue to watch the student-athletes embrace the expectations we have for our program in the classroom and on the golf course,” ECU coach Kevin Williams said. “A big thank you goes out to those past and current student-athletes who created this standard of excellence and expectations within our program. To be ranked 10th, sixth and fourth in the country the last three years is pretty remarkable and makes me extremely proud.”

Football reps

East Carolina’s quartet of linebacker Bruce Bivens, receiver Trevon Brown, offensive lineman Garrett McGhin and d-lineman Alex Turner are set to represent the Pirates at the American Athletic Conference football media days July 23-24 in Newport, R.I.

On July 23 will be the event’s signature New England-style clambake, and the release of the American’s fifth anniversary team.

The AAC is the only FBS conference that returns its offensive (UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton), defensive (Houston lineman Ed Oliver) and special teams (Memphis return specialist Tony Pollard) players of the year from 2017.

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July 15, 2018

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He also is a former East Carolina football player and student…

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July 14, 2018

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East Carolina standout and Greenville native Bryant Packard went 2-for-4 as the leadoff hitter in Game 1 for the USA Collegiate National Team in the USA vs. Cuba series in Havana, Cuba, on Tuesday night.

Game 2 on Wednesday night saw ECU pitcher Jake Agnos throw four innings with three…

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July 11, 2018

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July 10, 2018

East Carolina men’s golf coach Andrew Sapp is the president of the Golf Coaches Association of America, and serving in that role put him in Avion, France, last week.

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