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Pirates take AAC opener

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. ... Story, pictures & audio...

Pictured: Both head coaches, Todd Whitting of Houston (red cap) and Cliff Godwin of East Carolina, converse with home plate umpire David Buck during Friday's American Athletic Conference opener at Clark-LeClair Stadium following an ejection of ECU's Bryce Harman in the sixth inning for an illegal slide. (W.A. Myatt photo)


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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)


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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...



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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

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Post-game audio: Cliff Godwin, Jimmy Boyd, Dwanya Williams-Sutton...

GREENVILLE Jimmy Boyd lost a shutout bid in the top of the ninth inning but East Carolina won its American Athletic Conference series with Houston by topping the Cougars 5-1 at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Saturday.

Freshman Dwanya Williams-Sutton had three RBIs and Joe Ingle got his seventh save as ECU improved to 19-8 overall and 2-0 in the AAC with a crowd of 2,966 looking on.

Jimmy Boyd works against Houston. The senior right-hander parceled out 6 hits over 8 2/3 innings and gave up no earned runs in picking up his 4th win of the season. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Boyd (4-1) limited the Cougars (16-10, 0-2) to six hits over eight and two-thirds innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

The run that was charged to the senior right-hander was unearned. The Pirates committed three errors.

Grayson Padgett reached on a miscue that allowed Corey Julks to score in the final frame.

Lefty Seth Romero (4-1) was dealt his first loss as he went five and two-thirds innings. The Pirates scored four runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 5-0.

Romero hit Eric Tyler with a pitch in the second inning and Tyler stole second base with two out, enabling him to score for a 1-0 ECU lead on a single to left by Williams-Sutton.

"I didn't see any fast balls today," Williams-Sutton said. "My coaches said, 'Sit slider,' and that was my approach the whole game."

Charlie Yorgen walked to start the Pirates' half of the sixth. He moved to second on a balk. Travis Watkins was hit by a pitch and Tyler had an RBI double to left for a 2-0 ECU lead.

Luke Bolka had an infield single before the Cougars turned a double play. Tyler and Bolka scored on a double down the left field line by Williams-Sutton.

Turner Brown singled through the left side to bring in Williams-Sutton for a 5-0 Pirates lead.

Shortstop Turner Brown takes a cut against Houston. The freshman went two for four with one RBI against the nationally-ranked Cougars. (W.A. Myatt photo)

ECU coach Cliff Godwin referred to Romero as possibly the best left-hander in the country.

"With a guy like Romero, I just have to minimize mistakes," Boyd said. "I have to play my game, throw the ball down, get ground ball outs, get quick outs and try to keep him on the ropes."

There were more intense moments in the second game of the series. The Cougars thought ECU first base coach Jeff Palumbo was stealing signs on Saturday, resulting in a conference with the coaches and umpires.

"If we were stealing signs, we wouldn't have struck out however many times (eight)," Godwin said.

Bryce Harman was ejected in game one, a 3-1 Pirates win, for an illegal slide at the plate on a new rule designed to protect catchers. Some players on both teams left the dugout after the collision at home but there were no physical confrontations. Harman served an automatic one-game suspension on Saturday.

ECU's Eric Tyler tosses to first base to record the final out of the eighth frame. The junior third baseman went two for two, scored two runs and batted in another in Saturday's AAC contest against Houston. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Williams-Sutton, Tyler and Brown each had two hits as the Pirates moved into position for a sweep going into an 11 a.m. game today.

"I mean it would be awesome," Godwin said of the chance to take three games against Houston. " ... It's like I told our guys, we could come out and play flat and win the series. Everybody would say, 'Good job.' But if you want to be great, you want to try to focus on hosting regionals and hosting super regionals, then you've got to do something special every once in awhile. We'll need to play our best baseball to be able to beat a great Houston team."

The Cougars are ranked No. 25 in the USA Today coaches poll.

04/03/2016 03:36 AM