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Rightfielder Parker Lamm strolls into third base with a smile after advancing from first on a Kirk Morgan groundout during ECU's 15-3 victory over N.C. State Tuesday evening at Clark-LeClair Stadium. (W.A. Myatt photo)



Spring game impacts recruiting

The East Carolina spring football game served as a springboard for the second and third commitments for the February, 2017, ECU signing class. Defensive end Taijh Alston (left) of Union Pines and corner Myles White (right) of Dudley made verbal commitments to the Pirates in conjunction with the intrasquad scrimmage. They become the second and third commitments for the upcoming class, joining linebacker Da'Shaun Johnson of East Carteret. ... Thumbnail sketches...

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

The 2016 East Carolina spring football game got off to a great start, and it all began with a traditional childhood game. Kurt Benkert got the play and knew he was going deep with his first throw. ... More from Brian Bailey...



Pirates building for the future

Al MyattGREENVILLE Whether it was the product that new football coach Scottie Montgomery and staff are developing on the field or the recently-formulated plans to renovate the south side of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, which were unveiled Saturday on the big scoreboard screen at halftime of the Purple-Gold game, it's obvious that East Carolina has launched into a significant building mode. ... More from Al Myatt...

First-year East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery addresses the team prior to the Purple-Gold Spring Game. (Photo by W.A. Myatt; view Game Day photo gallery...)

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Memphis closes with win

MEMPHIS East Carolina was unable to complete an American Athletic Conference sweep on Sunday at Memphis as the Tigers scored the deciding run in a 6-5 win on a full count pitch with two out in the bottom of the ninth. ... More...


Pirates clinch series at Memphis

An 8-2 win at Memphis on Saturday afternoon assured an American Athletic Conference series win for East Carolina. Parker Lamm followed up on a six RBI performance in an 8-1 Pirates win on Friday night by going 4-for-5 with a run driven in and scoring twice ... More...


Pirates pull away in series opener

Parker Lamm had six RBIs and Evan Kruczynski pitched eight solid innings as East Carolina topped Memphis 8-1 in the opener of a three-game American Athletic Conference series on Friday night. ... More...



Pirates go on public display

Al MyattPirate Nation will get its most meaningful look to date at the football program since the coaching transition that followed the 2015 season when East Carolina holds its Purple-Gold scrimmage at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m. ... More from Al Myatt...


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GREENVILLE The last time East Carolina hosted a regional rival from the ACC, the game didn't go nearly as well as the Pirates' 15-3 win over N.C. State on Tuesday night.

On March 15 when North Carolina played at Clark-LeClair Stadium, ECU absorbed a 17-4 loss before a crowd of 5,213.

"The biggest thing for me is I'm just glad that in front of a ton of fans after the way we played against Carolina that our guys responded and played well in front of a packed house," said Pirates coach Cliff Godwin. "I'm just happy the Pirate Nation could see us play well tonight."

A throng of 4,734 saw Zack Mozingo hit a grand slam to put ECU ahead 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth.

The Pirates kept the power and the pressure on in improving to 24-12. Bryce Harman went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and four RBIs.

Bryce Harman extends on a pitch against N.C. State Tuesday evening. The junior first baseman went three for three including a three run home run. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Travis Watkins went 3-for-5 and scored four runs. Turner Brown went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs. Charlie Yorgen was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Eric Tyler finished 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.

ECU outhit the Wolfpack, 14-6. State was charged with four errors while the Pirates were error free.

Senior left-hander Nick Durazo (1-0) started and got the win, pitching three and one-third innings. He allowed just one hit in holding the Wolfpack (26-11) scoreless, although he walked four and hit a batter while striking out two.

Left-handed pitcher Nick Durazo looks in for the sign in the first inning of ECU's Tuesday contest with N.C. State. (W.A. Myatt photo)

"He was effectively wild," Godwin said.

Matt Bridges followed Durazo to the mound and provided a turning point in the fourth inning in Godwin's analysis after inheriting a pair of runners with one away. Bridges got a strikeout and a ground out to get the Pirates out of trouble.

Freshman shortstop Turner Brown tosses to first to record an out. The Whiteville product went two for three with four RBIs. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Bridges went two and two-thirds innings. He yielded four hits, two earned runs and had two strikeouts without a walk.

Chris Holba pitched the last three innings for his first save. State managed one hit and an earned run against the freshman. Holba issued two walks and recorded one strikeout.

Travis Watkins unleashes an aggressive swing during ECU's rout of N.C. State. The junior catcher recorded three of the Pirates' 14 hits and scored four of the team's 15 runs. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Godwin was pleased with the efficiency of the pitchers against NCSU, which is sixth nationally in the NCAA's ratings index. ECU is No. 29.

The performance should leave some pitchers available for a 6 p.m. game at High Point tonight.

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