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Veteran lefties are proven aces for Pirates, Huskies

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East Carolina's Jake Agnos throws during a practice earlier this season.

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By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, 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 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Pi­rates and is likely to be op­posed tonight by UConn’s Ma­son Fe­ole, who was voted as the AAC pre­sea­son pitcher of the year. Both play­ers are ju­nior left-han­ders with plenty of week­end AAC ex­pe­ri­ence.

Agnos is 4-2 with a 3.16 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 51.1 innings in his junior campaign. Feole has only pitched 37.2 innings in seven starts, coming in with a 1-2 record and 3.35 ERA.

Tulane, UConn and Houston are viewed as the main threats to the 12th-ranked Pirates (26-10, 8-1) in the American.

ECU already won two of three during a series at Houston, and the Pirates host Tulane next weekend. Tulane is 7-2 in the league and is playing at Memphis for Easter weekend.

UConn (24-13, 7-5) is 5-1 in its last six games, using a balanced offensive attack to beat Massachusetts 10-7 on Tuesday.

The Pirates also swung hot bats on Tuesday night at Elon, winning 9-4 to stop a three-game losing skid after being swept at UCLA. The Elon contest also ended eight straight road games for East Carolina in which it posted a 4-4 record.

“I learned that if they’re the No. 1 team in the country, which I think they have proven that from the start of the season up until this point, then we are very close,” Pirate coach Cliff Godwin said of last weekend playing three tight games — 7-5, 8-5 and 3-0 — against the No. 1 Bruins.

ECU is 15-3 in home games.

Alec Burleson was the Pirates’ starting pitcher against Elon, but he threw only 35 pitches in two innings. Cam Colmore was used for 30 pitches, Sam Lanier 13 and Evan Odum provided a solid relief outing with 55 pitches spanning 3.2 innings and one run allowed with six strikeouts.

Spencer Brickhouse hit one of the Pirates’ three home runs, giving him a team-best nine homers and 31 RBIs for the season. Bryant Packard and Jake Washer also homered.

WEEKEND WATCH

Christian Fedko, Connecticut: Fedko has a .303 batting average, but his crafty plate approach boosts his on-base percentage to a team-best .463 mark barely ahead of teammate Anthony Prato (.462). Fedko leads the American with 34 walks, and he typically bats fourth or fifth in the Huskies’ batting order.

Burleson, East Carolina: ECU’s main two-way player should be in the batting order for all three games, but after being limited to 35 pitches on Tuesday, the lefty also could be used out of the bullpen for a game or two versus the Huskies.

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

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May 22, 2019

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May 21, 2019

The shocker on the first day of the American Athletic Conference baseball tournament was pulled off by the Shockers.

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May 20, 2019

As expected, East Carolina baseball’s record-breaking season was officially recognized by the American Athletic Conference on Monday.

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May 20, 2019

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May 18, 2019

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May 17, 2019

East Carolina spent the last few months proving its worth as the best baseball team in the American Athletic Conference.

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May 16, 2019

In what will be celebrated this weekend as a historic regular season for East Carolina baseball, Jake Agnos was at the forefront and dominant Thursday at Clark-LeClair Stadium despite the game’s final score later ballooning to 19-10. 

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