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Pirates win wild one in 11th

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Pirates face eight-game road stretch

Chalk up another series win for East Carolina as the Pirates took two out of three from American Athletic Conference preseason favorite Houston. In a battle of nationally-ranked teams the Pirates took the first two games of the series before falling on Sunday. ... 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 ECU baseball coach Cliff Godwin (left) and WNCN sports anchor Todd Gibson (right): Replay show...


Pirates shore up backcourt

Three-star shooting guard Raquan Wilkins of state champion Atlanta (GA) Westlake High School entertained offers from a number of schools before choosing to join ECU coach Jeff Lebo's recruiting class of 2016-17. ... Thumbnail sketches...

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Pirates foiled in sweep bid

GREENVILLE Houston took a 6-1 win at East Carolina on Sunday to keep East Carolina from sweeping a three-game American Athletic Conference series. The Cougars (17-10, 1-2 AAC) scored three runs in the top of the second in support of winning pitcher Mitch Ullom (4-1), who went seven and one-third innings. ... More...


Boyd leads Pirates to series win

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

Pictured: Winning pitcher Jimmy Boyd focuses on his breathing exercises in the ECU half of the eighth inning during the Pirates' 5-1 American Athletic Conference win over Houston on Saturday at Clark-LeClair Stadium. (W.A. Myatt photo)


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)


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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ELON East Carolina scored two runs on a pair of wild pitches in the top of the 11th inning for a 7-5 win at Elon on Tuesday night.

Travis Watkins, Eric Tyler and Bryce Harman all walked with one out in the final frame to load the bases before a wild pitch from Joe McGullicuddy (0-2) on a third strike to Brady Lloyd allowed Watkins to score the go-ahead run.

Another wild pitch enabled Tyler to come home for a 7-5 Pirates lead.

Joe Ingle (4-2) retired the Phoenix in order in the bottom of the 11th, striking out the first two batters before a pop-up to ECU freshman shortstop Turner Brown ended the game and evened the nonconference season series at 1-1.

Elon (10-18) won 8-7 in 10 innings on March 2 in Greenville.

Pirate pitchers had 19 strikeouts. Starter Nick Durazo fanned nine over four and two-thirds innings. Durazo did not allow a hit while walking two.

Matt Bridges struck out three in a two-inning middle relief stint. Ingle had seven strikeouts over the last four innings.

Watkins had an RBI single in the first that scored Parker Lamm to put the Pirates ahead 1-0.

A solo home run to left center by Dwanya Williams-Sutton extended the lead to 2-0 in the fifth and Charlie Yorgen had a sacrifice fly later in the inning for a 3-0 advantage.

Williams-Sutton's RBI single in the sixth that brought in Tyler gave ECU a 4-0 lead. Watkins came home on a passed ball in the seventh inning after the Phoenix had scored twice in the sixth.

A 3-run homer by Elon's Nick Zammarelli tied the score at 5 in the bottom of the eighth.

Brown and Williams-Sutton each had three hits for the Pirates. Tyler was 2-for-4 as the Pirates (20-9) outhit their hosts, 12-7.

ECU starts a three-game American Athletic Conference series at Tulane at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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