Loading...
BYH: To the downtown Greenville projects. It is a waste of money! These projects do not benefit the citizens of...

Pirates power to their second sweep

030919ECUbaseball-8.JPG
1 of 2

East Carolina's Turner Brown (8) was 3-for-5 hitting with two triples and two runs scored Sunday at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

030919ECUbaseball-4.JPG
Loading…

BY RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Sunday, March 10, 2019

East Carolina’s 14th-ranked baseball team completed a 4-1 week on Sunday with the final victory being the most convincing.

ECU was on the winning side of a high-scoring contest over Marist, beating the Red Foxes 10-5 to finish the Pirates’ second weekend sweep of the season. Saturday’s game was a 4-3 decision in 12 innings, and ECU’s five-game week also included a 3-2 victory at Ole Miss on Wednesday.

The Pirates (12-5) scored eight total runs during the first three innings on Sunday. They finished with a 14-10 advantage in hits over Marist (4-8).

“Last night was long, but we wanted to come with a ton of energy and get after it today,” said shortstop Turner Brown, who led the Pirates with a 3-for-5 outing that included a pair of triples. “We just kept adding on, and I can’t say enough about our offense. … The team that comes out with the most energy on Sunday normally has a better chance to win.”

The teams posted 17 combined hits during the first four frames. ECU took a 9-4 lead into the fifth thanks in large part to a four-run, two-out rally in the bottom of the third making it 8-4.

Brown was on third base after his first triple when a string of run-scoring hits began with Ryder Giles’ RBI single. Brady Lloyd’s single plated two more runs and Spencer Brickhouse hit a deep double for an 8-4 cushion.

“We played really good defense this weekend and we had a lot of tough at-bats,” ECU coach Cliff Godwin said. “Even last night when we didn’t have a ton to show for it, we hit balls hard. Today we needed to be offensive and I thought we were very offensive up and down the lineup.”

Leadoff man Bryant Packard finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Lloyd followed him in the batting order and also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

The Pirates’ first reliever was Cam Colmore, whose 3.1-inning outing was highlighted by retiring seven straight batters from the start of the fourth into the sixth inning. He totaled four strikeouts and gave up one run on three hits.

Colmore (1-0, 2.45 ERA) threw 30 strikes in 39 pitches.

“I was just filling the zone and the offense gave us a big boost in the bottom of the third in putting a four-spot up,” he said. “That just made me feel comfortable and let me go out there and make pitches. It’s a lot easier when your offense puts up 10 runs.”

Giles moved from third base to the mound to fire the final two scoreless innings.

Both starting pitchers were making their first start of the season, and neither pitched past the third inning.

ECU’s Trey Benton went 2.2 innings, yielding four runs on five hits with two strikeouts, two walks and a hit batsman. The junior’s season ERA rose to 6.94 in seven appearances.

Red Foxes starter Trevor Backman lasted only one inning, allowing three runs on two hits.

Early offense included the Pirates scoring two runs each in the first two frames. Packard’s two-run home run to right field made it 4-2 ECU in the bottom of the second. It was his second homer of the year.

Marist then tied the game, 4-4, in the third on a sacrifice fly and RBI single.

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

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

ECU

June 11, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.

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.

In the following weeks and months, ECU…

NCAA East Carolina Louisville Baseball

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,…

060319QuinnBaseball-7.jpg

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…

NCAA Louisville East Carolina Baseball

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.

Instead…

NCAA Louisville East Carolina Baseball

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.

If Friday’s rout by the Cardinals was not enough of a sign, it became official Saturday that ECU’s…

NCAA Louisville East Carolina Baseball

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.

Louisville baseball advanced to the College World Series, ended East Carolina’s season and Miller led a shutout of the…

NCAA Louisville East Carolina Baseball

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.

No hit was more important than his RBI double during a four-run fourth inning that completely changed the…

NCAA East Carolina Louisville Baseball

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.

After having its first 10 batters retired in…

NCAA East Carolina Louisville Baseball

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.

It will be different this weekend,…

060619ECUbaseball-4.jpg

June 06, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -— Two more wins.

It is a historical and even monumental task for any East Carolina team at this point in the NCAA baseball tournament, but the Pirates are back in a super regional, and this team is tasked with winning a best-of-three super regional series at Louisville…

IMG_2326 (1).jpg
232 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 24
        Next Page»   Last Page»