Rain suspends ECU's tourney opener
BY RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector
Friday, March 1, 2019
Only one game was completed Friday during Day 1 of the three-day LeClair Classic baseball event at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The game between Utah and host East Carolina was suspended because of inclement weather when it was 4-4 in the middle of the sixth inning. Wright State completed a 5-3 victory over Western Carolina earlier in the day.
Saturday’s schedule will begin at 11 a.m. with Utah versus Western Carolina. The Utes will then finish their game against the Pirates at 2:30 p.m., followed by the start of No. 11 ECU against Wright State about 45 minutes after the Utah-ECU contest is completed.
The Pirates’ lineup for Friday featured Bryant Packard and Spencer Brickhouse both in the batting order together for the first time since opening day. Packard’s RBI single made it 1-0 in the second inning.
A string of hits in the bottom of the third pushed the Pirates’ lead to 4-0. Brickhouse lined a base hit into the outfield with one out and Ryder Giles followed with a single.
Consecutive RBI singles by Bryson Worrell, Turner Brown and Lane Hoover made it a 4-0 cushion.
But Utah, a Pac-12 member that posted a 16-39 overall record a year ago, rallied from there and took advantage of a couple Pirate defensive miscues during a three-run top of the fourth. That included when a fly ball dropped between Packard and Worrell in left-center field to score two runs with two outs.
ECU starting pitcher Alec Burleson went five innings, yielding three runs on five hits. He struck out four batters and walked two. Reliever Zach Barnes gave up a run in the top of the sixth sixth before rain began falling.
Wright State 5, Western Carolina 3
Peyton Burdick hit Wright’s State first home run of the season to help WSU (3-3) beat Western Carolina and even its season record.
WSU was already up 2-1 when Burdick hit a three-run home run for a 5-1 advantage. Zach Weatherford had the victors’ other RBI.
The Catamounts (5-3), who scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to create the final score, finished with five hits and three errors.
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11 A.M. – Utah vs. Western Carolina
2:30 P.M. – East Carolina vs. Utah (suspended game)
ECU vs. Wright State (45 minutes after the conclusion of ECU vs. Utah)
10 A.M. – Utah vs. Wright State
1:30 P.M. – ECU vs. Western Carolina