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Pirate golf in 10th place after first


East Carolina golfer Blake Taylor.


The Daily Reflector

Monday, 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 in second-place at (+2). South Florida sits alone in third (+6), with Temple and UCF tied for fourth (+7).

The individual leader is SMU’s McClure Meissner at 5 under after a 66. South Florida’s Albin Bergstrom (-2, 69) was three strokes back in second place, with four additional players four strokes behind at 1 under.

Junior Blake Taylor posted ECU’s lowest score of the day with a 2-over 73. Taylor stood -1 through 15 holes before a triple bogey on the 16th hole pushed him to 2 over. He parred the final two holes of the round to finish the day tied for 17th.

Sophomore Stephen Carroll carded a +3 to end the day tied for 22nd, with freshmen A.J. Beechler and sophomore Tim Bunten each firing a 76 to finish round one tied for 36th..

Round two tees off today at 7:30 a.m. with ECU playing alongside Houston.

ECU softball drops finale

After East Carolina took a 4-0 lead in the first inning Saturday, Wichita State scored 11 of the final 12 runs to claim the rubber match of the series with an 11-5 win in Kansas.

The Pirates drop (21-25, 3-12 American Athletic Conference) was led by Sydney McKinney and Bailee Nickerson, who both went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and 3 RBIs. Tate McClellan also drove in a run.

Whitney Sanford (7-9) was tagged with the loss, surrendering four runs on three hits with four walks and no strikeouts.

Wichita battled out of the 4-0 hole to tie it before ECU briefly retook the lead, 5-4, before being overcome with multiple waves of Shockers offense.

The Pirates will play their final non-conference game of the season Tuesday at Duke.

On Friday, ECU snapped a six-game Shockers win streak with a 3-2 victory made possible by Morgan Halo’s dramatic three-run home run in the top of the sixth that overturned a 2-0 Wichita lead. Erin Poepping struck out 10 WSU batters.

ECU LAX falls in Philly

An early deficit sent the ECU women’s lacrosse team to an 18-5 loss at Temple on Saturday afternoon.

ECU (5-11, 0-4 AAC) was eliminated from the American Athletic Conference Championship, while Temple (5-10, 2-2) clinched the fourth and final spot in the league’s postseason tournament.

Temple scored early and often to take a dominating lead. The Owls scored nine of the game’s first 10 goals, including the first five. 

Nicole LeGar finally scored for ECU with 20:26 left in the first half, with Ally Stanton picking up the assist. However, Temple rattled off the game’s next four goals to lead 9-1 with 13:10 left in the half.

ECU also got goals from Megan Pallozzi, Stanton, Emma Bowman and Brittany Borchers.

ECU will finish the season Saturday at home game against Connecticut.



Ayden-Grifton 11, Pamlico County 1

The Chargers pounded Pamlico on Saturday, taking an early 2-0 lead before erupting for nine runs over the fourth and fifth innings to end the game early.

Brandon Benfield was 2-for-5 with three RBIs, and Josh Harris hit a three-run home run to lead Ayden-Grifton.

Tanner Cannon threw an abbreviated complete game and struck out eight. Pamlico County committed four errors.



Hope 4, A-G Cox 0

Hope rode goals by Chris Bazelow, Steven Cocolas and a pair from Henry Conway to a big win on Saturday.

Hope's improved to 13-2 overall and 8-2 in  conference.


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