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Virginia takes season opener


ECU vs. Virginia (2)

Saturday | 12 pm; 3 pm


East Carolina captain Hunter Allen chases down Virginia's Kenny Towns after a pickoff in the top half of the second inning of Friday's season opener at Clark-Clair Stadium. (Photo by W.A. Myatt)



Pirates recalibrate for run at Omaha

When Cliff Godwin first put on a Pirate uniform to play baseball for East Carolina, Gary Overton was in his final year as the team's head coach and ball was played at Harrington Field.

But change was underway. The next year, Keith LeClair was hired as the new head coach. LeClair brought with him a hunger for “Omaha,” the site of the NCAA's National Championship. ... More from Woody Peele...



Tyson leads Pirates past Memphis

GREENVILLE — Freshman B.J. Tyson led a second-half surge by East Carolina that produced a 64-53 American Athletic Conference win over Memphis before an appreciative crowd of 4,519 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Tyson scored 20 of his game-high 23 points in the final 20 minutes as the Pirates overcame a 25-21 deficit at the half. The left-handed guard hit 10 of his 14 field goal attempts as ECU improved to 11-13 overall and 4-7 in league play. ... Story & photos...

Post-game: Coaches & players...

Pictured: B.J. Tyson displays his excitement after an ECU run against Memphis. The freshman guard scored 23 points, with 20 coming in the second half as the Pirates rallied to even the season series with the Tigers. (Photo by W.A. Myatt.)

| Next: ECU at Temple | Sat.,2 pm |
| TV: CBSSN | The Season |



Recruiting report card: Offense

RBs, WRs push Pirates over the top

Landing the kind of big-play athletes on offense during recruiting East Carolina needed would have hit a snag at many schools that lost an offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at a critical time in the process. ... More from Sammy Batten...

Thumbnails: ECU's recruiting class of 2015...



Pirates pull away from UCF

GREENVILLE — East Carolina used an active zone defense and a solid effort from sophomore forward Caleb White in a 67-49 American Athletic Conference win over Central Florida in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Saturday evening. White scored 21 points and controlled a career-high nine rebounds as the Pirates improved to 10-13 overall and 3-7 in the AAC. ... More...

| Next: ECU vs. Memphis | Tuesday, 7 pm |
| TV: ESPNU | The Season |



Pirates add to family

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GREENVILLE — Signing day signals the end of the recruiting period, the time when letters of intent are faxed to college football offices around the country and futures of programs are determined in large part for years to come. ... More from Al Myatt...

Audio: Signing Day Presser

ECU football coach Ruffin McNeill met with the press on Wednesday to talk about the Pirates recruiting class of 2015 (recorded by W.A. Myatt): Select clip...

Thumbnails: ECU's recruiting class of 2015...


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GREENVILLE — Virginia's Nathan Kirby allowed no runs and three hits through seven innings as the Cavaliers used unearned runs in the fourth and fifth innings for a 3-1 win at East Carolina on Friday in the season opener for both teams.

Kirby, regarded as one of the top left-handed major league prospects in the college ranks, struck out five and walked two. The Cavaliers are ranked No. 2 at the outset of 2015 after finishing as runner-up to Vanderbilt in last season's College World Series.

It was the first game for ECU alumnus Cliff Godwin as coach of the Pirates. Last year, Godwin was an assistant at Ole Miss, which lost twice to UVa in the CWS.

Virginia's run in the fourth came after a dropped foul ball by the Pirates with two out. Kenny Towns singled to left with one out and Robbie Coman had a two-out single to right field. Towns scored from third just before Coman was caught in a rundown.

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Opening day starter Evan Kruczynski deals against Virginia. The sophomore lefty went five and a third innings, allowing eight hits and no earned runs with one strikeout against the No. 2 Cavaliers. (Photo by W.A. Myatt)

An infield error with two down in the fifth allowed Matt Thaiss to come home for a 2-0 Cavaliers lead. Thaiss singled off the first base bag to start the inning. He was awarded second when the ball was ruled dead for hitting a photographer.

Lefty Evan Kruczynski made his first start for the Pirates as projected opening day starter Reid Love was sidelined with an injury. Kruczynski did not yield an earned run in five and one-third innings.

A solo homer to left by Daniel Pinero in the eighth completed Virginia's scoring. All of the Cavaliers' runs came with two out.

ECU avoided a shutout in the eighth as Garrett Brooks reached on an infield single with one away and Hunter Allen had a ground rule double to right. The Pirates loaded the bases as Parker Lamm, who had a single and a double in his first two at-bats, was hit by a pitch.

Jimmy Boyd's sacrifice fly to right field brought in Brooks. Josh Sborz left the tying runs aboard with a fly to left. He threw 10 pitches in the ninth to get a save.

The series schedule has been modified because of cold weather in the forecast for Sunday. A doubleheader starts at noon today.

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