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Just when you thought the quarterback position at East Carolina was stabilized, junior QB Kurt Benkert stunned the Pirate nation by announcing plans to transfer out of the ECU program. ... More from Brian Bailey...

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Pirates take series with UConn

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

Pictured: ECU catcher Travis Watkins and teammates shake hands after taking an AAC series with UConn with a 3-2 win on Sunday at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The junior captain gave the Pirates the lead for good with a two-run shot to left field in the 4th inning. (W.A. Myatt photo)

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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 UConn in game one of an AAC doubleheader on Saturday at Clark-LeClair Stadium. (W.A. Myatt photo)

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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...



Loyalty, opportunity matter for Alston

Ryan Riggan was just two seasons into a tenure as head football coach at Union Pines High School near the end of the 2011-12 academic year when the parent of a graduating senior student dropped by with some information. ... More from Sammy Batten...

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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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RALEIGH East Carolina's recent search for offense continued with a 6-1 loss at N.C. State on Monday night.

Since beating the Wolfpack 15-3 in Greenville six nights earlier, the Pirates have managed just eight runs in five games, going 2-3 in those contests.

NCSU (29-11) evened the season series with the help of a three-run home run by Evan Mendoza in the second inning that was initially ruled a foul ball.

Replays appeared to show the ball landing well to the left of the left field foul pole.

The disputed blast gave the Wolfpack a 4-1 lead and ECU coach Cliff Godwin promptly pulled starter Nick Durazo (1-1).

Chris Holba came in for four innings, allowing one run in the sixth. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out two.

Sam Lanier yielded one hit and struck one in two-thirds of an inning.

Matt Bridges tossed the last two innings, giving up an unearned run in the eighth. He walked one and struck out three.

ECU (26-15) took a 1-0 lead in the second after Travis Watkins led off with a single and went to second on a wild pitch by Ryan Williamson (7-1), normally a weekend starter.

Luke Bolka walked before Watkins went to third on a double play. Turner Brown's RBI single up the middle gave the Pirates the lead.

Watkins and Charlie Yorgen had two hits apiece for ECU, which outhit the Pack, 8-6. Yorgen had a double but was among nine runners stranded by the Pirates. State left six on base.

ECU will be at home this weekend for a three-game American Athletic Conference series with league-leading Cincinnati that starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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