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ECU welcomes in Marist this weekend


East Carolina's Spencer Brickhouse (42) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run at Clark-LeClair Stadium on March 1.


The Daily Reflector

Friday, March 8, 2019

Marist vis­its Clark-LeClair Sta­dium this week­end for East Carolina base­ball’s fi­nal home non­con­fer­ence se­ries of the sea­son.

No. 14 ECU (9-5) is com­ing off a solid 1-1 mid­week road slate, los­ing 4-1 to Mis­sis­sippi State on Tues­day be­fore pitcher Jake Kuch­maner and the Pi­rates con­trolled Ole Miss on Wed­nes­day in a 3-2 win against the No. 10 Rebels.

The Pi­rates used some of their top pitch­ers dur­ing those games against South­east­ern Con­fer­ence com­pe­ti­tion, led by starters Gavin Wil­liams and Kuch­maner’s near no-hit­ter that spanned 8.2 in­nings and 106 pitches in the win over Ole Miss. He was one strike away from record­ing the Pi­rates’ 11th no-hit­ter in school his­tory.

Alec Burleson, who did not fin­ish last Sun­day’s game with a leg is­sue and was not in the bat­ting or­der for mid­week ac­tion, re­lieved Kuch­maner but did not record an out. Sam Lanier got the fi­nal out.

Lead re­liever Evan Vo­liva was used for the fi­nal 2.1 in­nings on Tues­day. He struck out six bat­ters and low­ered his ERA to 2.00 in six re­lief ap­pear­ances in his se­nior year.

Jake Ag­nos and Tyler Smith are likely to be start­ing pitch­ers ver­sus Marist (4-5). Agnos is slated to start Game 1.

On of­fense, Bryant Packard has a hit in five of the last six games. He had a 4-for-5 out­ing last week­end, and ver­sus Ole Miss he was 2-for-3 with a dou­ble and run scored from the lead­off spot in the or­der.

Fel­low left-handed hit­ter Spencer Brick­house also is look­ing to con­tinue his mo­men­tum. The first base­man was 1-for-3 ver­sus Mis­sis­sippi State and then 2-for-3 on Wed­nes­day, with his three-run home run to right field plat­ing all of the Pi­rates’ runs.

Burleson is bat­ting .542, Brick­house .400 and rookie out­fielder Lane Hoover is at .391.

The Pi­rates are 11-0 all-time ver­sus the Red Foxes, who play in the Metro At­lantic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence.

Marist be­gan its sea­son by get­ting swept Wil­liam & Mary, fol­lowed by the Red Foxes record­ing a sweep of their own over Pres­by­te­rian.

ECU will travel to Mary­land next week­end and also plays a non-league se­ries at UCLA in April.


Randy Tav­eras, Marist: The Foxes have at­tempted 20 stolen bases al­ready this sea­son and two play­ers are 3-for-3 in their at­tempts, in­clud­ing Tav­eras. He also en­ters the week­end with a team-high .375 bat­ting av­er­age.

Burleson, East Carolina: After ex­ten­sive mid­week out­ings by Wil­liams and Kuch­maner and Burleson’s role still fluid as a two-way player, ECU’s start­ing pitch­ing will be a week­end theme. Burleson (1-0, 3.18 ERA) is the team leader with 17 in­nings pitched.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


June 11, 2019


East Carolina alum Cliff Godwin was hired as ECU’s 16th head baseball coach on June 25, 2014, and within a week, he and the Pirates received a verbal commitment from a local standout in D.H. Conley High School star hitter Bryant Packard.

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June 11, 2019

East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin said Tuesday morning he has not been contacted by Florida State about its coaching vacancy, and he also said that all five ECU juniors who were drafted last are leaving school and pursuing their professional careers.

The juniors leaving are Jake Agnos,…


June 09, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It was a difficult postgame exchange between East Carolina fifth-year baseball coach Cliff Godwin and Louisville 13th year coach Dan McDonnell on Saturday afternoon, much like it was difficult on the Pirates during their two NCAA super regional losses to Louisville to end…

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June 09, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The thousands of fans in red and the play on the field by Louisville at Jim Patterson Stadium during the NCAA super regional round trumped East Carolina and its hopes of finally breaking through and getting to Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series this year.


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June 08, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Jim Patterson Stadium scoreboard read during the third inning Saturday that Louisville had six runs on six hits, while East Carolina was scoreless with no hits.

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June 08, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bobby Miller’s fastball-heavy approach against East Carolina on Saturday proved to be nearly unhittable.

For eight innings, it was unhittable.

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June 07, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tyler Fitzgerald, the No. 3 hitter in the Louisville batting order, finished 4-for-5 on Friday for the first four-hit game of his three-year career with the Cardinals.

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June 07, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The rain was steady during the most important half-inning at Jim Patterson Stadium on Friday, only adding to a dampening day for East Carolina baseball that has the Pirates back in elimination mode during the NCAA tournament.

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June 07, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There were plenty of times last weekend when East Carolina’s baseball players had 5,000 fans cheering for them at Clark-LeClair Stadium and helping them navigate and force their way to an NCAA Greenville Regional championship.

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June 06, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -— Two more wins.

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