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Clean-cut Pirates host Houston

East Carolina baseball personnel shaved their mustaches on Thursday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The Pirates grew mustaches in March to support awareness of ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, the infirmity that took the life of former ECU baseball coach Keith LeClair in 2006. ... More from Al Myatt...

Pictured: WNCT-TV sports director and Bonesville columnist Brian Bailey ends Mustache March for ECU skipper Cliff Godwin. The Pirates sported the mustaches during the month of March to raise money for ALS research. (Photo by W.A. Myatt)


California juco bolsters line

Almost two months after signing day, East Carolina has added some talent to its offensive line. Hartnell College's Branden Pena, a first-team Golden Coast All-Conference performer, has pledged to join the Pirates for the 2016 season. ... Thumbnail sketches...

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Pirates hold off Seahawks

GREENVILLE   East Carolina topped UNC-Wilmington 9-6 on Tuesday night after leading the Seahawks 8-1 through six innings at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The Pirates got a quality start from Jacob Wolfe before Joe Ingle picked up his fifth save. ... More...



Pirates in for a close shave

The preliminaries are just about over. East Carolina plays host to UNC-Wilmington Tuesday night before finally entering league play in the American Athletic Conference. ... 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 guests this week were David Vaughn (Exceptional Community Baseball League), Melanie McCullough (ALS Association Jim Catfish Hunter Chapter) and WNCN sports anchor Todd Gibson: Replay show...



Record-setting Tyler leads series win

GREENVILLE Eric Tyler set a school record with eight RBIs as East Carolina took a 13-0 win over Jacksonville at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Saturday. Jimmy Boyd started and pitched seven innings in the Pirates' second shutout of the season. ... More...

Next: UNC-Wilmington at ECU | Tuesday, 6:30 pm


Jacksonville evens series

GREENVILLE   Jacksonville took the second matchup of its three-game nonconference series at East Carolina 8-6 on Friday night. The Dolphins (15-7) bounced back from a 6-3 loss to the Pirates (15-8) on Thursday night to force a deciding game in the series at 1 p.m. today. ... More...


ECU takes opener with Jacksonville

GREENVILLE   East Carolina broke a tie score at 3 with a pair of runs in the sixth inning and went on to take a 6-3 win over Jacksonville on Thursday night in the opener of a three-game series at Clark-LeClair Stadium. ... More...



Pirates not alone in transition

Al MyattSpring football at East Carolina is a time of transition. A virtually new coaching staff is installing new systems and the Pirates are in the process of determining a starting quarterback. ... More from Al Myatt...



Pirates rally past Duke for 8-6 win

DURHAM   East Carolina scored two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to rally past Duke for an 8-6 nonconference win at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Tuesday night. ... More...



No smiles after series win

It certainly didn't seem like a series win over Monmouth this past weekend at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Of course, it certainly didn't seem like the first day of spring, either. ... 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 Mike Steele (right) and the show featured callers making their picks in the annual Second Chance with the Sweet 16 Contest: Replay show...



Monmouth shuts out Pirates

GREENVILLE   Monmouth pitchers Ricky Dennis and Justin Andrews combined for a one-hit shutout in a 4-0 win at East Carolina on Sunday to prevent a three-game sweep in the series by the Pirates. ... More...

ECU takes series with Monmouth

GREENVILLE   East Carolina scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 5-2 win over Monmouth on Saturday, giving the Pirates a series win. ECU (13-6), ranked No. 17 nationally by D1 Baseball, edged the Hawks 4-3 on Friday night. ... More...

Pirates rally past Monmouth

GREENVILLE   East Carolina scored three runs in the last two innings to top Monmouth 4-3 on Friday night. With the score tied at 3 with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Parker Lamm singled up the middle for the Pirates. Charlie Yorgen's double put Lamm at third. He came home on a wild pitch for the game-ending run. ... More...


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Post-game audio: Cliff Godwin, Evan Kruczynski, Bryce Harman, Parker Lamm...

GREENVILLE Bryce Harman, Parker Lamm and Kirk Morgan had RBIs in support of winning pitcher Evan Kruczynski before Joe Ingle got his sixth save as East Carolina topped visiting Houston 3-1 in the American Athletic Conference opener for both clubs on Friday night.

A crowd of 2,603 converged on Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Kruczynski (4-0) scattered nine hits over seven innings as the Pirates (18-8) overcame an early 1-0 deficit. The Cougars had four hits in the top of the first but left the bases loaded after Justin Montemayor's single to right field scored Connor Wong.

ECU left-hander Evan Kruczynski fires the first pitch as the Pirates open American Athletic Conference play with Houston. 'Kruz' earned his 4th win of the season, going seven innings and allowing one run while striking out eight. (W.A. Myatt photo)

A junior left-hander, Kruczynski walked one and struck out eight.

"I just wanted to give our team the best shot to win like I always do on Friday night," Kruczynski said. "Defense played great. Offense did their job."

Harman led off the bottom of the third with a home run off Andrew Lantrip (4-3) to tie the score. Lantrip pitched a complete game for the Cougars (16-9). He walked a pair and had four strikeouts.

Designated hitter Bryce Harman extends on a line drive shot over the right field fence to open the scoring for the Pirates in the third inning. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Harman was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the fifth and Morgan walked. Harman advanced to third as Turner Brown hit into a fielder's choice that retired Morgan at second.

Harman scored for a 2-1 Pirates lead on a bunt single by Lamm.

Eric Tyler scored in the sixth after getting aboard on a fielder's choice as ECU went ahead, 3-1. Tyler moved to second on a throwing error by the catcher on a pickoff attempt. Harman was hit by a pitch again before Tyler scored on a single to right by Morgan.

Harman tried to score on the same play but was tagged out and ejected for an illegal slide at home. Harman will have to sit out the second game of the series at 4 p.m. today.

ECU's Bryce Harman was ejected for this slide in Friday night's contest with Houston. He will serve a mandatory one-game suspension during today's contest. (W.A. Myatt photo)

"They've got a new rule this year to protect catchers," said Pirates coach Cliff Godwin. "Your butt has to be in contact with the ground if you slide feet first. If you slide head first, your chest has to be in contact. If you slide late, which Bryce kind of did, and your butt didn't quite get down then it's an automatic ejection. ... We watched the video. Bryce was just playing hard. He's trying to score and do everything he can. Stuff happens. It was not malicious. Bryce wasn't trying to hurt the guy. He was just trying to slide hard."

Houston had a pair of hits to start the eighth, ending the night for Kruczynski. Ingle got a foul out on a bunt and a fly out to center before a walk loaded the bases. A fly to center ended the threat.

ECU starting pitcher Evan Kruczynski and teammates congratulate closer Joe Ingle after Ingle pitched out of a jam in the eighth inning. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Ingle walked one, hit one batter and struck out one as he checked the Cougars without a hit over the last two frames.

Lamm went 2-for-4 as ECU had seven hits. Montemayor finished 3-for-4 for Houston.

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