Magic in short supply for ECU
East Carolina it was a case of one
and done in the American Athletic
Conference Tournament. In the city
that houses the Magic Kingdom and in
the arena that is the home of the
Orlando Magic there would be nothing
magical about the Pirates ...
Rice rallies to take series
HOUSTON — Rice erased a 1-0 deficit
with four runs in the eighth inning to top
East Carolina 4-1 on Sunday in the deciding
contest of a three-game series. The Pirates
had taken a 1-0 lead in the fourth
Carolina at ECU | Tuesday, 6:30 pm
Rice evens series with East Carolina
HOUSTON — Rice scored four runs in the
bottom of the sixth inning after East
Carolina had come back from a 2-0 deficit to
tie the score and the host Owls took a 7-2
win in the second game of a nonconference
series Saturday afternoon. Rice bounced back
from a 10-1 loss to the No. 16 Pirates in
the series opener on Friday night.
Big inning seals ECU win at Rice
HOUSTON — Eric Tyler led off the
eighth inning with a solo homer to left and
East Carolina added five more runs in the
frame to win 10-1 at Rice on Friday night.
ECU's Evan Krucyznski (2-0) scattered seven
hits in seven innings. Game two of a
three-game set is scheduled for 3 p.m. (ET)
BASKETBALL: AAC TOURNAMENT
Pirates fall to South Florida
— South Florida ended East Carolina's season
with a 71-66 setback in the first round of
the American Athletic Conference tournament
at the Amway Center on Thursday afternoon.
The Pirates were without junior forward
Caleb White due to illness. White was the
second leading scorer on the team, averaging
Pirates seek consistency in Orlando
team has a dream as
tournament at the
Amway Center in
4-14) opens play as
the No. 8 seed and
will face No. 9
South Florida (7-24,
4-14) at 3:30 p.m.
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East Carolina's youthful midweek pitching corps was no match for the
meat of the North Carolina order as an eight-run outburst in the second
inning served as a launching pad for a 17-4 Tar Heels win on Tuesday
A crowd of 5,213, the
third largest ever at Clark-LeClair Stadium and biggest this season,
saw the Pirates strike first but the excitement of a possible third
straight win over UNC didn't last long.
ECU took a 1-0 lead in
the bottom of the first after leadoff batter Parker Lamm was hit by
a pitch from UNC starter Cole Eaker. Lamm was erased on a steal
attempt of second but Charlie Yorgen and Travis Watkins had one-out
singles. Yorgen scored from third on a grounder to short by Kirk
Tyler Lynn homered to
left with one out in the second to tie the score at 1.
freshman shortstop Turner Brown records an out in the
first inning of Tuesday night's matchup against North
Carolina. (Photo by W.A. Myatt)
The Tar Heels took a 2-1
lead after Eli Sutherland was hit by a pitch from Pirates starter
Evan Voliva. Brandon Riley had a single to move Sutherland to third.
He scored on a sacrifice bunt by Cody Roberts as Voliva tried
unsuccessfuly to get Sutherland coming home.
Voliva (0-1) lasted an
inning and one-third. He yielded three hits, five runs (all earned)
with one walk and one strikeout.
"I wasn't getting ahead
of hitters," said the sophomore right-hander. "I was getting behind
in counts. It came back to bite me."
After Voliva walked
Brian Miller to load the bases, ECU brought Davis Kirkpatrick to the
Adam Pate had a
three-run double off Kirkpatrick for a 5-1 Tar Heels lead.
A mammoth three-run
homer over the scoreboard in right-center by Tyler Ramirez pushed
the lead to 8-1 and resulted in a call to the bullpen for freshman
Matt Bridges. The sidearmer prevented further damage on the
scoreboard as he stranded runners at second and third with a ground
UNC sent 13 batters to
the plate in the second and collected six hits.
An RBI double by Kyle
Datres pushed UNC's lead to 9-1 in the third and brought Cam Colmore
to the mound.
Eaker ran into trouble
in the third after retiring the first two batters. Watkins drew a
walk and Morgan singled. Eric Tyler was hit by a full count pitch.
Watkins scored on a wild
pitch before UNC brought in A.J. Bogucki for an inning-ending
Bogucki was replaced by
Spencer Trayner (1-0) after the Pirates scored a pair of runs in the
fifth. Morgan had a single to score Yorgen and Eric Tyler's hit
scored Watkins to draw ECU within 9-4. Trayner stranded two runners
with a strikeout and a ground out.
Lamm tried to score from
third on a pitch that caromed off the backstop and back to Tar Heel
catcher Cody Roberts for a tag out in the fifth. The Pirates
couldn't get a bounce in their own park.
The matchup kept going
for three hours and 45 minutes with 13 pitchers, 21 runs and 30
hits. It was a long night for the Pirates in another sense.
baseman Eric Tyler drives in an RBI for the Pirates'
final run of the evening in the fifth inning. (Photo by
embarrassed," said Yorgen, who was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
"You come to East Carolina to win baseball games and play in front
of 5,000-plus. We didn't play our best baseball so we need to get
back on track. ... We can definitely bounce back and be learners
Yorgen was part of ECU
teams that beat the Tar Heels twice when the programs last met in
2014. What was the difference this time around?
"The momentum, I guess,"
said the junior infielder. "We'd fight and try to get the momentum
in our dugout. But we'd walk a guy or they would get a big
extra-base hit. We were constantly trying to get momentum and we
just couldn't. They were relentless. Credit to them. They put up an
eight spot and they just kept tacking on."
UNC (13-2) added four
runs in the sixth and four more in the eighth.
"I'm not going to take
any credit away from their offense but every hitter was hitting in
an advantage count," said ECU coach Cliff Godwin.
Although the Pirates
were only outhit 16-14, the visitors were more powerful and
productive. ECU left 13 on base.
"We have to have short
term memory loss, forget about it and bounce back (Wednesday) at
practice," Yorgen said.
Godwin used eight
pitchers, five of them freshmen. Junior college transfer Zack
Mozingo made his first appearance on the mound for ECU.
The Pirates issued eight
Kirkpatrick is a
redshirt sophomore working his way back from Tommy John surgery that
kept him sidelined last year.
"The second inning got
out of control," Godwin said. " ... Thanks to the fans for coming
out — and we'll get better."
ECU must regroup for a
three-game series at home against Monmouth that starts on Friday at