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Pirates top Tulane, 3-1


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*ECU will face the winner of Friday's AAC Tournament game between Tulane & UConn.

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Pirates come back in opener

CLEARWATER, FL East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin and Pirates assistant Jeff Palumbo used to be on the staff at Central Florida, the Pirates' opening opponent in the American Athletic Conference tournament at Bright House Field. The Knights were a tough draw for ECU, seeded No. 2 for the event as the regular season AAC runner-up to Houston ... More...



Thumbnail: Juco PG Charles Foster

Point guard Charles Foster has become the fourth member of ECU coach Jeff Lebo's recruiting class of 2015-16. One of the top players in Kentucky coming out of high school, Foster spent the last two years at perennial junior college powerhouse Vincennes (IN) University. ... Thumbnail sketch...



Pirates ride momentum into tourney

East Carolina heads to the Sunshine State for tournament play this week at the American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship. The Pirates carry plenty of momentum to Clearwater, FL, after sweeping Cincinnati. ECU finished the regular season one game out of a share of the AAC title with Houston. ... 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 baseball coach Cliff Godwin (right) and D.H. Conley coaches Jason Mills (baseball) and Wayne Deans (softball): Replay show...



Pirates complete sweep

CINCINNATI Luke Lowery's RBI double in the top of the eighth inning lifted East Carolina to an 8-7 win on Saturday and completed a three-game sweep at Cincinnati. The Pirates concluded the regular season at 36-20 overall and 15-9 in the American Athletic Conference. ... More...



ECU captures series at Cincy

CINCINNATI East Carolina scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning after Cincinnati had taken a 1-0 lead in the second and the Pirates went on to a 6-4 American Athletic Conference win over the Bearcats on Friday night. The outcome clinched the series for ECU, which improved to 35-20 overall and 14-9 in league play. ... More...



ECU tops Cincinnati, 7-3

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. ... More...



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)

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CLEARWATER, FL East Carolina defeated Tulane 3-1 in double-elimination bracket play in the American Athletic Conference tournament at Bright House Field on Thursday night.

The Pirates improved to 2-0 in the event and 38-20 on the season. ECU will await the winner of an elimination game Friday between the Green Wave and Connecticut for a 1 p.m. matchup on Saturday.

The Tulane-UConn winner would need to beat the Pirates twice on Saturday to make Sunday's noon championship on ESPNU.

One win Saturday will send ECU to the winner-take-all title game.

The Green Wave (34-22) scored its run Thursday in the top of the first inning off ECU starter Evan Kruczynski (8-4), who went six and one-third innings before freshman Joe Ingle finished the contest for his seventh save.

The run off Kruczynski was unearned. The Pirates were charged with three errors. Kruczynski allowed three hits, walked three and struck out seven.

Ingle yielded three hits, two walks and fanned three.

Hunter Allen was aboard on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the third inning when a double by Charlie Yorgen advanced him to third base. Allen scored on an error to tie the score at 1.

In the fifth inning, Garrett Brooks reached on a throwing error and went to second on the play. Allen had an infield single and Yorgen bunted his way on to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Reid Love put the Pirates ahead, 2-1.

ECU prevented a pair of potential tying runs at the plate in the top of the eighth as center fielder Brooks and left fielder Luke Lowery threw out Green Wave runners trying to score.

The Pirates loaded the bases in the eighth on a walk to Lowery, a single to right field by Travis Watkins and a hit batter (Eric Tyler). A walk to Brooks forced in a run for a 3-1 Pirates lead.

Yorgen's 2-for-3 effort led ECU's five-hit attack. Allen, Watkins and Tyler also had hits for the Pirates.

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