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Houston blows out ECU by 51


East Carolina guard Shawn Williams pulls his jersey over his eyes after a Houston field goal late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Houston. Houston won 109-58.


The Daily Reflector

Sunday, February 25, 2018

No. 23 Houston shot 67.7 percent from the floor in a 109-58 rout of East Carolina's men's basketball team Sunday afternoon in Houston.

The Cougars sent ECU (10-17) to its third straight loss in dominating fashion. Houston led 62-13 at halftime, shooting 23-for-31 (74.2 percent) from the field while holding the Pirates to 21.7 percent shooting (5-for-23).

The Pirates finished 22-for-59 (37.3 percent) from the field and were led by 24 points from B.J. Tyson. Shawn Williams added 14 and Isaac Fleming 13. Armoni Brooks' 21 points led four Cougars in double figures.

ECU plays its final home game of the season Thursday night against Tulsa at 7 p.m.

ECU softball

Saint Francis blitzed East Carolina with five runs in the top of the seventh inning Sunday morning to top the Pirates 7-2 in the final game of the Pirate Invitational.

The Red Flashes (9-6) scored two runs in the fifth to tie the score after the Pirates (6-9) took a 2-0 lead, then blew it open in the seventh. Saint Francis out-hit the Pirates 10-6.

Kendra Ziemba (2-for-3, two RBIs) was the only ECU player with more than one hit. Ashley Cruise took the loss.

The Pirates have lost six straight games. They will travel to Hawaii to play in the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament this weekend, with their first game against Longwood on Friday in Honolulu.

ECU track

ECU picked up a pair of championships at the AAC indoor track and field championships this weekend.

Junior Stefano Migliorati won the 800 meter title with a time of 1:50.25, and senior Ryan Davis finished first in the weight throw with a mark of 21 meters. ECU's women finished fourth and its men finished seventh in the team competitions.

PCC baseball

Pitt Community College’s baseball team went 3-1 against Queens University over the weekend, splitting a pair of games Sunday after winning a pair Saturday. The Bulldogs (5-4-1) won the first game 8-7 on Sunday before falling 15-10 in the series’ final game.

Austin LaFollette scored the walk-off run on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh to win Game 1. Trevor Losito went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Drew Piscorik added a pair of RBIs to help Jake Isbell get the win on the mound.

Joey Goldsmith hit a home run in Game 2 and Joe Milwee drove in three runs, but PCC allowed 18 hits and couldn’t answer a six-run sixth by the Royals.

The Bulldogs swept Saturday's doubleheader, rolling to an 8-3 win before notching a walk-off 13-12 victory in Game 2. In the first game, Joe Quinones-Mason went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Reese Farmer hit a home run. Dylan Patrick got the win (six hits, three runs in five innings) and Jake Isbell got the save.

In Game 2, the final of Mikey Polansky's six RBIs scored Quinones-Mason in the bottom of the seventh to win it. Polansky went 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs. Quinones-Mason, Patrick Wheeler and Braxton Varnell also homered, and Brandon Winstead got the win on the mound.

PCC softball

Pitt Community College’s softball team improved to 5-1 with a pair of victories — 8-4 and 5-3 — Sunday over Wake Tech.

D.H. Conley product Morgan Shirley had a pair of RBIs to help PCC win Game 1, both coming in a six-run fourth inning. Fellow former Viking Breanna Hardee led the team with two hits and Bethany Locklear was the winning pitcher.

Shirley went 3-for-4 and Locklear drove in two runs in the second game for the Bulldogs, who scored three runs in the first and never trailed. Allie Phillips got the win.

PCC hosts a doubleheader with CCBC Catonsville at 3 p.m. Friday.

PCC basketball

Pitt Community College's men's basketball team ended its regular season Saturday with a 92-80 loss to Louisburg. Brandon Faison scored 32 points to lead the Bulldogs, who finished the regular season 22-7 and finished third in Region X (14-6). The postseason begins this weekend.