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UConn, Pirates split doubleheader

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ECU shortstop Turner Brown fires to first in game one of a Saturday doubleheader with UConn. The standout freshman from Whiteville went one for three at the plate with an RBI double as the Pirates claimed a 2-1 win in 10 innings. (W.A. Myatt photo)



Pirates adjust schedule

East Carolina postponed the start of its American Athletic Conference series with Connecticut on Friday due to rain. The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. today with the second game scheduled to follow approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. ... More...



Amos, Pirates buy in, focus forward

Al MyattDaShaun Amos's junior football season at East Carolina was followed shortly by the announcement that Ruffin McNeill would not be returning as coach. Some stormy seas ensued for the Pirates but Amos and his fellow upperclassmen helped steady the ship. ... More from Al Myatt...



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Pirates get help in the middle

East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo has plugged a big hole in the post by luring Wake Forest graduate transfer Andre Washington to finish his college career with the Pirates. The seven-footer will be eligible to play immediately. ... Recruiting class of 2016-17 thumbnail sketches...

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A low point at High Point

GREENVILLE East Carolina lost 5-1 at High Point on Wednesday night following a 15-3 home win over N.C. State the preceding night. The Pirates sought to avoid a letdown and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the offensive production subsequently faltered as ECU fell to 24-13. ... More...



Pirates reward big crowd with big win

Al MyattGREENVILLE 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. ... Story, pictures & audio...

Goldsboro product Zack Mozingo takes a cut in a win over in-state rival N.C. State Tuesday evening at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The junior left fielder belted a grand slam in the fourth inning in the 15-3 rout. (W.A. Myatt photo)

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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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East Carolina split its American Athletic Conference doubleheader with Connecticut at Clark-LeClair Stadium as the Pirates took a 2-1 win in the first game before the Huskies prevailed 5-1 in the nightcap.

Parker Lamm singled in the third and scored on a double by Eric Tyler as ECU took a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the second game.

Pirates right-hander Jimmy Boyd held the Huskies scoreless until the seventh when John Toppa had an RBI double and two runs scored on wild pitches for a 3-1 UConn lead.

ECU right-hander Jimmy Boyd works against UConn in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. The senior from Raleigh had a strong outing before running into trouble in the sixth inning. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Aaron Hill and Willy Yahn had RBIs as the Huskies increased the lead to 5-1 in the top of the ninth.

The Huskies outhit the Pirates 10-5 in the second game.

"We didn't swing the bats well," said ECU coach Cliff Godwin. "We've got to have more quality at-bats Sunday."

The deciding game in the series is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. today.

Left-hander Tim Cate (2-1) got the win for the Huskies. He went seven innings and allowed five hits. He walked one and struck out 11.

"He was spotting up his fast ball and working off of that," said Eric Tyler of the Pirates.

Patrick Ruotolo pitched the last two innings for UConn and picked up his fourth save.

Boyd (5-3) went six and two-thirds innings for the Pirates, allowing six hits and three earned runs. He walked two and fanned four.

Denny Brady yielded the two UConn runs in the ninth.

Matt Bridges, Sam Lanier and Chris Holba turned in short but scoreless relief stints for ECU.

Yahn went 3-for-5 in the second game to lead the Huskies.

The Pirates scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning in the first game as UConn reliever Randy Polonia experienced control problems.

The Pirates celebrate after a 10th-inning, walk-off walk sealed a 2-1 win over UConn in the first game of Saturday's AAC doubleheader. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Kiek Morgan was hit by a pitch to start the frame for the Pirates. Brady Lloyd came in to pinch run and Turner Brown put down a sacrifice bunt to move Lloyd to second.

The Huskies intentionally walked Garrett Brooks to set up a force but two-out walks to Jeff Nelson and Tyler brought in the decisive run.

ECU had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Dwanya Williams-Sutton drew a walk with two away and Brown followed with an RBI double to right center.

Joe Ingle (5-3) pitched two and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief after a strong start by Evan Kruczynski. Ingle allowed one hit and had two strikeouts without a walk.

Kruczynski yielded five hits over seven and one-third innings. The Huskies managed an unearned run in the eighth that was charged to the junior lefty, who struck out six and walked two. Kruczynski hit one batter.

UConn outhit the Pirates 6-3 in the opener and ECU committed two errors while the Huskies were errorless.

Jack Sundberg was 2-for-5 for UConn in game one. Sundberg singled up the middle with one out in the eighth. He went to third as Yahn got aboard on an error.

Sundberg scored on a single through the right side by Bobby Melley, the last batter Kruczynski faced.

The split left the Pirates at 25-14 overall and 6-5 in the AAC. UConn is 21-17 on the season and 6-4 in the league.

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