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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.


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August 16, 2019

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August 13, 2019

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August 13, 2019

East Carolina's next basketball season will begin Nov. 5 against Virginia Military Institute in Minges Coliseum.

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