Loading...
BYH to the Marines, who have a saying: 'It's God's job to judge the terrorists. It's our job to arrange the meeting'....

Pirates clinch first AAC series

032419ECUbaseball-16.JPG
1 of 14

East Carolina's Spencer Brickhouse points up at home plate after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against UCF on Saturday at Clark-LeClari Stadium.

032419ECUbaseball-5.JPG
032419ECUbaseball-15.JPG
032419ECUbaseball-12.JPG
032419ECUbaseball-14.JPG
032419ECUbaseball-13.JPG
032419ECUbaseball-2.JPG
032419ECUbaseball-8.JPG
032419ECUbaseball-4.JPG
032419ECUbaseball-3.JPG
032419ECUbaseball-7.JPG
032419ECUbaseball-6.JPG
032419ECUbaseball-9.JPG
032419ECUbaseball-1.JPG
Loading…

BY RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Spencer Brickhouse and Bryant Packard being healthy and in the batting order every day has played a big role in East Carolina baseball’s surge since the start of March.

No hit was bigger Saturday than Brickhouse’s go-ahead, three-run home run to lift the Pirates to a 7-4 comeback victory over UCF at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The win, ECU’s ninth in its last 10 games, clinched an opening American Athletic Conference series victory for the 14th-ranked Pirates.

ECU (17-6, 2-0) had two outs and two runners on base in the bottom of the fifth inning when Brickhouse crushed a 2-1 pitch over the wall in the right field corner, delighting many of the season-high 4,128 fans in attendance, for a 5-3 lead.

“We depend on those guys pretty much every day,” ECU coach Cliff Godwin said of Packard and Brickhouse. “But everybody up and down the lineup … a lot of guys put up tough at-bats. … I also really appreciated the fans today and there was some big-time momentum, especially when they brought their reliever in and that allowed us to get a couple runs.”

Relievers Zach Barnes, Gavin Williams and Evan Voliva ensured that the Knights (15-8, 0-2) had only one hit — a single in the eighth — after a three-run first inning. Voliva retired the final six batters, two via strikeout during the ninth inning, for his second save.

All four of the Knights’ hits were singles.

“It was great to win a close game like this at home,” Voliva said. “It just goes to show that we can win all types of ways. We put up 13 runs yesterday and were able to win a close game today.”

Packard, Alec Burleson and Brickhouse each finished 2-for-4. Brickhouse and Bryson Worrell each scored two runs.

Burleson and Turner Brown hit RBI singles in the bottom of the eighth to create the final 7-4 margin.

Brickhouse has a hit in 11 of 12 games, upping his season batting average to .400. He was 3-for-5 with four RBIs Friday night in ECU’s 13-8 victory.

“(UCF starter Grant Schuermann) has a plus changeup and early in the game he was getting me out and off balance with it, but he hung one that one time,” Brickhouse said of Saturday’s go-ahead homer, the fourth of his junior year. “It gave us three runs to give us a little push to win the game.”

UCF led 3-0 after the first inning, forcing the Pirates to chip away at the early deficit. The hosts picked up two key runs in the bottom of the third, scoring on a sacrifice bunt by Ryder Giles and then Packard’s RBI single to make it 3-2.

Pirate starter Tyler Smith gave up three runs on three hits in 4.2 innings. Barnes (1-2) faced one batter, striking out Anthony George to end the fifth with Knights standings on third and second base and UCF leading 3-2.

ECU will go for the sweep in the series finale at noon today. The Pirates also swept Maryland last weekend.

“I was really proud of Tyler Smith because he could have really folded camp and we would have had to go to the bullpen earlier,” Godwin said. “We’ve been in this situation a few times year (leading a series 2-0), but I don’t think we’ve been in this situation against a team as quality as UCF. We’ll have our work cut out for us.”

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

April 22, 2019 - 21 minutes ago

East Carolina moved up two places to eighth on Day 2 of the American Athletic Conference men’s golf championships at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Led by junior Blake Taylor and his even-par 71 thanks to a birdie putt on No. 18 to move into the top-10 as an…

April 22, 2019

The East Carolina men’s golf team is in 10th place after the first round of the American Athletic Conference Championship at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla.

The Pirates carded a team total of 15-over-par 299. SMU is the team leader at 1 over, followed by Memphis…

TaylorBlakeMGOLF17RTe.jpg

April 20, 2019

East Carolina made another strong statement on Saturday as the American Athletic Conference baseball leader, this time beginning at 9 a.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium and then during the afternoon hours in sunny and better hitting conditions in front of 3,655 fans.

The bullpen was key for the Pirates…

042119ECUBaseball-6.jpg

April 19, 2019

East Carolina pitcher Jake Agnos and coach Cliff Godwin had a heated exchange on the pitcher’s mound during the ninth inning Thursday night at Clark-LeClair Stadium, which turned into a more calm and productive conversation between the pair a few minutes later after ECU completed a 5-1 win…

041919ECUBASEBALL-1.jpg.jpg

April 18, 2019

Jeff Hoffman wowed plenty of professional baseball scouts at East Carolina from 2012 to 2014 before he was selected as the ninth overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

It was Jake Agnos’ turn at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Thursday, when about 30 scouts were packed into their…

041919ECUBASEBALL-7.jpg

April 18, 2019

A pre­mier matchup on the pitcher’s mound should high­light Game 1 of the Con­necti­cut-East Carolina base­ball se­ries, which be­gins to­day at 6:30 p.m. and ends Satur­day at Clark-LeClair Sta­dium.

Jake Ag­nos has been the ace for the…

021319ECUbaseball-1.JPG

April 17, 2019

When Cincinnati eliminated East Carolina in the first round of the American Athletic Conference women’s tennis tournament on Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., it marked the Pirates’ first loss since Jan. 23 and ended their season.

The Bearcats won 4-1 and advanced as the No. 10 seed to play…

041119ECUtennis-3.jpg

April 16, 2019

East Carolina smashed a couple of home runs in a five-run first inning at Elon on Tuesday night, then added another in the eighth en route to a 9-4 rout of the Phoenix in non-conference baseball action.

Hot-hitting Spencer Brickhouse opened the scoring by bashing his ninth homer of the season, a…

030219ECUbaseball-10.JPG.JPG

April 16, 2019

When East Carolina linebacker Aaron Ramseur showed up late for the first team meeting of spring practice, he and the rest of the Pirate football team got an early idea of how much things were about to change under new head coach Mike Houston.

When he arrived late for the 7 a.m. meeting, Ramseur,…

041719houston-1.jpg

April 16, 2019

How student-athletes spend their monthly scholarship money, their freedoms when living off campus and East Carolina University’s facilities all are factors as the school plans to implement an athletic-specific dining area in the future.

ECU student-athletes who are on full…

041419ECUFootball-11.jpg
234 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 24
        Next Page»   Last Page»