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UConn, Pirates split doubleheader

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

Pictured: Junior Evan Kruczynski deals against Connecticut in game one of an American Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Clark-LeClair Stadium. (W.A. Myatt photo)

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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...



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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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GREENVILLE A two-run homer by Travis Watkins in the bottom of the fourth inning on Sunday lifted East Carolina to a 3-2 win over Connecticut in the deciding contest of a three-game American Athletic Conference series.

Watkins' blast overcame a 2-1 Huskies lead. ECU pitchers Jacob Wolfe, Sam Lanier and Joe Ingle kept UConn scoreless the rest of the way.

The Pirates improved to 26-14 overall and 7-5 in the AAC. The Huskies slipped to 21-18 on the season and 6-5 in the league.

ECU visits UConn for another three-game conference series, May 6-8.

Parker Lamm doubled to lead off for the Pirates in the bottom of the first and a sacrifice bunt by Charlie Yorgen moved him to third. Eric Tyler picked up an RBI on a grounder to short as ECU took a 1-0 lead.

ECU third baseman Eric Tyler brings Parker Lamm home from third with a groundout to short to put the Pirates on the board in the first inning of their series-deciding matchup with UConn on Sunday at Clark-LeClair Stadium. (W.A. Myatt photo)

A walk to Tyler Gnesda, a double by Bryan Daniello and a sacrifice fly by Connor Buckley tied the score at 1 in the top of the second.

The Huskies went ahead 2-1 in the third after Aaron Hill bunted his way aboard and stole second. Jack Sundberg's ground out to second allowed Hill to take third and he scored on a ground out by Willy Yahn.

Kirk Morgan was hit by a pitch in the fourth before Watkins connected against William Montgomerie (3-2) for his third home run of the season.

"It was a fastball in, the same pitch I had been beaten on earlier in the game, but I backed off the plate a little but and got the head of the bat to it," said the Pirates catcher of the blast to left.

Wolfe (5-3) pitched seven and two-thirds innings. He allowed four hits, two earned runs and walked three while striking out five.

ECU coach Cliff Godwin and the Pirate infield acknowledge starter Jacob Wolfe as he gets relieved after seven and two thirds innings. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Lanier worked briefly, throwing two pitches and yielding a hit before Ingle came on.

Ingle went the last inning and one-third, stranding one baserunner in the eighth and two in the ninth. He allowed one hit and struck out two, including a whiff to end the game with the potential tying run at second.

UConn outhit the Pirates, 6-3, the third time in the series the visitors had more hits.

"This weekend every single pitch was the difference between winning and losing," said ECU coach Cliff Godwin. " ... It's good for us because you learn from it. I thought we played looser today.

"Our guys have pressed and played under some pressure from expectations. Last year nobody had any expectations for us. This year, media, fans, me included, our guys have played differently.

"They've played tight at times. Yesterday, I wasn't proud of the way we played because we didn't play loose and aggressive. We played tentative and complained a lot to the umpires. That's not us. Today, I thought we played more like ourselves, even though we only got three hits."

ECU head coach Cliff Godwin and staff look on as the Pirates win Sunday's rubber match with Connecticut 3-2. (W.A. Myatt photo)

The Pirates visit N.C. State at 6 p.m. tonight.

ECU downed the Wolfpack 15-3 on Tuesday in Greenville. The Pirates have scored just seven runs in going 2-2 since then.

State is No. 7 in the NCAA RPI standings. ECU was No. 32 in the rankings of April 22.

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