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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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February 15, 2019

A total of 21 runs by East Carolina powered the Pirates to a college baseball opening day sweep of Radford at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Friday.

Spencer Brickhouse’s go-ahead, two-run home run keyed a 6-2 win, then ECU used a 16-hit barrage for a 15-9 victory in Game 2 of the doubleheader…

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February 15, 2019

CATCHER

Jake Washer, junior: Washer is back as East Carolina’s starting catcher after receiving Major League Baseball draft interest following his breakout sophomore season. In addition to showing power with six home runs and 40 RBIs a year ago, Washer posted a smooth .287 batting average.…

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February 15, 2019

Equipped with All-American Bryant Packard ready to serve again as East Carolina’s leadoff man in the batting order and a stable of proven pitchers who battled during the preseason for lead rotation spots, ECU is ready to face an opponent and begin a new season.

Radford’s visit to Clark-…

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February 15, 2019

WEEKEND ROTATION

FRIDAY

Alec Burleson, sophomore: Burleson will be a frequent player at designated hitter and first base in the lineup, but his main focus in the season opener versus Radford will be on the pitcher’s mound. The left-hander, who was the American Athletic Conference rookie…

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February 15, 2019

One of baseball’s many adages is that good teams need to be strong “up the middle,” a reference that focuses on important defensive positions from catcher to middle infielders at shortstop and second base and then into the outfield with a center fielder.

This East Carolina team is…

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February 14, 2019

East Carolina’s 64-54 women’s basketball win at SMU on Thursday night gave the Pirates consecutive victories for the first time since December.

The Pirates (13-11, 4-7 American) had four double-figure scores, led by Raven Johnson’s 18 points and five rebounds. She was 2-of-4 from…

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February 14, 2019

East Carolina’s baseball season will begin Friday at Clark-LeClair Stadium with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. and from there the series schedule versus Radford will be fluid.

Changes were made Thursday morning to the weekend schedule because of expected rain on Saturday and Sunday.

Revised Weekend…

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February 13, 2019

Joe Dooley has warned about these funks, especially on the offensive end, that East Carolina’s basketball team has been prone to lately.

It happened again Wednesday night in Minges Coliseum when the Pirates were plenty competitive against a more talented Memphis team, but the Tigers pulled…

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February 13, 2019

Dorthea Forbrigd shot a career-low 54-hole score of 209 (7-under-par) to claim a share of first place at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic this week.

It marked the third time in the career for Forbrigd, a junior, that she finished tied for first in a collegiate event. The Oslo, Norway, native led…

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February 12, 2019

East Carolina baseball has four left-handed pitchers and two of them, Alec Burleson and Jake Agnos, are set to be the Pirates’ first two starting pitchers of the season.

They will go about their starts in different ways, naturally, versus Radford at Clark-LeClair Stadium. 

Burleson, a…

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