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East Carolina baseball outfielder Bryant Packard.

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The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

East Carolina junior outfielder Bryant Packard picked up his fifth preseason All-America selection on Tuesday, earning a first-team nod from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Packard posted a .406 batting average as a sophomore and also led the American Athletic Conference in hits, slugging percentage and total bases. He is projected to be the Pirates’ starting left fielder and leadoff hitter in the batting order again this year, but he could also see some action in center.

“There’s no weird angles off the bat, like there is in left field with some sidespin,” Packard said last week. “Center field is fun, it can be just a lot of running.”

Also this week, the NCBWA ranked the Pirates No. 14 in its preseason poll. ECU is ranked as high as No. 11 by D1baseball.com.

Golfers complete tourneys

The ECU men’s golf team opened its spring season with a ninth-place finish out of 14 teams at the Sea Best Invitational hosted by Jacksonville University. The Pirates carded a 28-over-par total and were the lone unranked team to place in the top-10, finishing two strokes ahead of No. 24 UNLV.

“We had a great opportunity to beat some ranked teams, and we did beat UNLV who is ranked 24, but couldn’t pass any others,” ECU coach Andrew Sapp said in a release.

Freshman A.J. Beechler recorded his first career top-10, totaling 11 birdies and carding a 1-under after shooting 70-68-71.

In women’s action, Dorthea Forbrigd (71-67-76) shot a 2-under and led the Pirates to 10th place among 16 at the UCF Challenge. ECU was 3-under overall to finish ahead of three top-50 teams (No. 18 Illinois, No. 36 College of Charleston and No. 49 SMU).

“I saw a lot of really good things in the first tournament of the spring,” coach Kevin Williams said in a release. “We came into the event as the 13th-highest ranked team in the field and finished in the top-10.”

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ECU

February 18, 2019

East Carolina bas­ket­ball’s Jay­den Gard­ner col­lected his fifth Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence fresh­man of the week honor Mon­day af­ter post­ing his ninth dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son Sun­day against Tulsa with…

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February 18, 2019

East Carolina baseball used eight different relief pitchers during its opening-weekend sweep of Radford, ranging from three freshmen making their debuts to seniors Sam Lanier and Evan Voliva closing out the Highlanders, 4-3, on Sunday at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Fifth-year coach Cliff Godwin said he…

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February 17, 2019

Facing cold temperatures and an early deficit at Clark-LeClair Stadium, there were times Sunday when things could have gotten away from East Carolina’s baseball team.

The Pirates battled, however, and rallied during the middle and late innings to beat Radford 4-3 and complete an opening…

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February 17, 2019

East Carolina softball’s four-game undefeated run through the Pirate Clash ended Sunday with the Pirates off to their best start to a season since beginning 8-0 in 2006.

After two walk-off wins Friday, Erin Poepping’s 10-strikeout performance from the circle Saturday night guided a…

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February 17, 2019

The East Carolina basketball team in the puzzle-piece printed uniforms on Sunday afternoon showed again it is still missing some pieces.

The Pirates hit just one field goal in the opening eight minutes against Tulsa and trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half before storming back and…

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February 17, 2019

East Carolina basketball coaches have been hot on the recruiting trail, including for Boston 7-footer Charles Coleman who also is a target by Wake Forest, Duke and DePaul, as the Pirates have faced difficulties on the court for another season.

A 79-69 loss to Memphis on Wednesday night, a game in…

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February 16, 2019

East Carolina was busy on indoor and outdoor tennis courts this weekend, highlighted by the ECU women winning both of their matches in Greenville for a four-match win streak.

The Pirates (4-2) took a 5-2 victory over James Madison at the River Birch Tennis Center, then swept Campbell at the ECU…

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February 16, 2019

After serving as East Carolina baseball’s first starting pitcher of the season and hitting for himself as the designated hitter, Alec Burleson was thinking he would remain at DH or maybe play first base for Game 2 of Friday’s doubleheader versus Radford.

Instead, some conversations led…

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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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