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ECU tops Cincinnati, 7-3


Thursday: ECU 7, Cincinnati 3
Friday: ECU 6, Cincinnati 4
Saturday: ECU at Cincinnati, 11 am


Senior Nights and Days for Pirates

Al MyattEast Carolina officially celebrated Senior Night with a 7-0 win over Elon at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Tuesday night. There have been numerous senior afternoons and evenings for the Pirates throughout the 2015 season because Hunter Allen and Reid Love have played such big roles ... More from Al Myatt...

Pictured: Hunter Allen, top left, is shown turning a 6-3 double play in an ECU win over Princeton on March 17. Reid Love, top right, is pictured celebrating with Pirates coach Cliff Godwin after his leadoff triple in the bottom of the 9th set up a dramatic victory over N.C. State on April 21. Heading into the final series of the regular season, the senior co-captains have been stalwart performers as the Pirates have made a run at the American Athletic Conference title while keeping their eyes on a potential NCAA regional berth. (Photos by W.A. Myatt)


Pirates shut out Elon

GREENVILLE — East Carolina took a 7-0 nonconference win over Elon on Senior Night at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Tuesday night. The game was shortened to seven innings because of threatening weather. Pirate seniors Hunter Allen and Reid Love had productive performances ... More...



Recruiting Wars: Offensive Line

East Carolina will suffer some of its most significant personnel losses after next season on the offensive line, and starting to fill those voids is a priority as the Pirates pursue the recruiting Class of 2016. ... More from Sammy Batten...

Recruiting Wars: QB | RB | WR/TE | OL | DL | LB | DB



Thumbnail sketch: WR Tahj Deans

Southern Nash star Tahj Deans has solid credentials as a defender but is projected as a wide receiver at East Carolina after committing to join the Pirates' recruiting class of 2016. ... Thumbnail sketch...



Short and sweet for Cougars

HOUSTON — Houston moved into first place in the American Athletic Conference with a 11-1 win in seven innings over visiting East Carolina on Sunday afternoon. ... More...



Pirates bounce back

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



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...


By Al Myatt
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CINCINNATI — East Carolina opened its American Athletic Conference series at Cincinnati with a 7-3 win on Thursday night.

Reid Love (7-3) pitched seven innings as a three-run fifth inning put the Pirates (34-20, 13-9 AAC) ahead to stay.

ECU remained one game behind Houston (37-17, 14-8), which defeated visiting Connecticut 5-4 in 10 innings, in the AAC standings.

Third-place Memphis (35-17, 12-10) topped Tulane, 7-3.

Bryce Harman tripled to start the fifth inning for the Pirates and came home for a 2-1 lead as Travis Watkins followed with a single down the left field line. Garrett Brooks had an RBI double to boost the margin to 3-1. Charlie Yorgen was hit by a pitch and Love singled. Yorgen scored an unearned run on a fielding error.

Brooks homered to right to lead off the seventh for a 5-1 ECU advantage. Eric Tyler started the eighth with a homer. Watkins singled before walks to Brooks and Allen loaded the bases. Yorgen got aboard on a fielder's choice RBI that pushed the lead to 7-1.

Ian Happ's two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth pulled the Bearcats (15-37, 6-16) within 7-3.

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the second as Kirk Morgan walked with one out and Tyler singled to move him to third. ECU got the early lead on an infield single by Watkins. The hosts pulled even in the third as Manny Rodriguez doubled and scored on a single by Treg Haberkorn.

Love allowed 11 hits and three earned runs while striking out six without a walk. Jimmy Boyd and Joe Ingle each tossed an inning of relief.

Watkins had three hits and two RBIs. Brooks finished with two hits and two RBIs. Tyler had two hits and an RBI.

The three-game series continues with a 6 p.m. contest tonight.

05/16/2015 01:32 AM