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Pirates bounce back


Sunday: ECU at Houston, 2 pm



Cougars pounce in series opener

HOUSTON — Host Houston defeated East Carolina 10-1 on Friday night to take first place in the American Athletic Conference standings. ... More...



ECU's leap of faith tests backers

There’s a price to winning in college sports. And it’s a lot more expensive than just hard work, dedication and all those other noble traits we love to talk about. It takes money. Lots of money. ... More from Brett Friedlander...



Ruff wins over star recruit and mom

Brian Foster has worked at Southern Nash High School in Bailey, NC, for so long he's coaching the children of his former athletes. One of those is the latest star football player for the FireBirds and newest member of East Carolina's recruiting Class of 2016. ... More from Sammy Batten...



Weekend's outcome raises stakes

This was another winning weekend on the diamond at East Carolina in more ways than one. The Pirates bounced back from a game one loss to Connecticut on Friday night to beat the Huskies twice in a row to take the series. ... More from Brian Bailey...

Audio: The Brian Bailey Show

The Brian Bailey Show airs on Pirate Radio 1250 on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Brian's guest this week was ECU assistant baseball coach Frankie Everitte (right): Replay show...



After East Carolina defeated visiting Connecticut on Sunday in the decisive game of a crucial American Athletic Conference series, the Pirates turned their attention to a more casual 'game.' ECU hosted the Exceptional Community Baseball League in an event that has become an annual outpouring of fun, smiles and goodwill for all parties concerned. Brian Bailey penned an account and snapped pictures of the game in which both the Pirates and their guests were winners. ... More...


Pirates power past UConn

GREENVILLE — Charlie Yorgen and Bryce Harman hit home runs in support of winning pitcher Jacob Wolfe as East Carolina topped Connecticut 5-2 on Sunday at Clark-LeClair Stadium to take the American Athletic Conference series two games to one and maintain a tie for first in the league standings with Houston. ... Story & pictures...

Post-game: Godwin, Wolfe, Harman...

Pictured: ECU's Charlie Yorgen turns a double play in the deciding game of an American Athletic Conference series with Connecticut on Sunday. The sophomore second baseman went 2-3 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. (Photo by W.A. Myatt)


Pirates ink power forward

Australian big man Deng Riak has signed to pursue his college basketball career at East Carolina. The three-star recruit fielded offers from Florida, Minnesota, Oregon and Virginia Tech, among others, before opting to become the third member of Coach Jeff Lebo's recruiting class of 2015-2016. ... Thumbnail sketch...



Juco WR/RB sticks with ECU

Mauldin (SC) High School product Dre Massey has renewed his commitment to East Carolina after spending a year at Holmes (MS) Community College. The former prep quarterback originally committed to the Pirates in 2014. He is projected as a WR/RB in the recruiting class of 2016. ... Thumbnail sketch...


By Al Myatt
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HOUSTON — East Carolina bounced back to top Houston 4-1 on Saturday and regain a share of the American Athletic Conference lead.

Before a national CBS Sports Network audience, the Pirates (32-19, 12-8 AAC) got eight strong innings from left-hander Reid Love in evening the three-game series after a 10-1 loss to the Cougars (34-17, 12-8) on Friday night.

Love (6-3) scattered nine hits while striking out seven without a walk.

"Getting beat like that yesterday and not playing as well as we should, it showed a lot of toughness coming out and getting this one," Love said.

The Pirates fell behind 1-0 in the bottom of the first after singles by Kyle Survance, Jacob Campbell and Corey Julks (RBI).

Luke Lowery's solo homer to left on a full count pitch with one out in the fourth tied the score at 1. It was Lowery's 11th roundtripper of the season.

Bryce Harman's two-run homer in the seventh followed a single by Eric Tyler and put ECU ahead to stay. The circuit clout was Harman's sixth this year.

Singles by Kirk Morgan, Lowery and Travis Watkins (RBI) in the eighth pushed the Pirates' lead to 4-1.

Joe Ingle retired Houston in order in the ninth, striking out the last two batters for his fourth save.

"I didn't want to come out," said Love, who threw 101 pitches, including 71 for strikes. "But my pitch count was up there and I know Joe is going to come in there and shut the door."

The Pirates outhit their hosts 10-9 on Saturday and both teams played errorless defense.

Each ECU player to appear at the plate reached base. Lowery and Tyler had two hits each.

ECU will send lefty Jacob Wolfe, who is 4-1 with a 2.99 earned run average, to the mound today against Cougars southpaw Seth Romero (6-3, 1.80) in a 1 p.m. start.

05/10/2015 04:34 AM