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Al MyattEast Carolina will become an adidas program in July after a lengthy association with Nike. The deal with adidas is for 10 years and $16.5 million. "For everybody at East Carolina, it means that we're going to get more stuff," ECU head baseball coach Cliff Godwin said. ... More from Al Myatt...



Tar Heels down ECU, 9-1

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East Carolina is having ongoing success luring talent to both its 2016 and 2017 recruiting classes. Decorated junior college quarterback Gardner Minshew (left) and Cal-Berkeley graduate transfer running back Jeffrey Coprich (middle) will be eligible to play for the Pirates this fall, while Ohio prep lineman John Spellacy (right) is the most recent addition to the recruiting class of 2017.

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Williams-Sutton, Wolfe power sweep

STORRS, CT — Dwanya Williams-Sutton hit a three-run homer and Jacob Wolfe pitched the first complete game of his career as East Carolina completed a three-game American Athletic Conference sweep at Connecticut with a 3-2 win Sunday. ... More...



Varner finishes one-under

CHARLOTTE — Harold Varner III shot an even-par 72 for the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow on Sunday. The former East Carolina golfer finished at one-under par 287, which put him in a four-way tie for 24th. ... More from Al Myatt...


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GREENVILLE — East Carolina scored nine runs in the sixth inning in defeating South Florida 14-7 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game American Athletic Conference series.

The Pirates improved to 31-17-1 overall and 12-6-1 in the AAC going into a 4 p.m. game today with the Bulls (21-28, 6-13).

After USF scored three runs in the top of the sixth for a 7-2 lead, ECU's big inning produced an 11-7 advantage.

ECU freshman Turner Brown belts a single to drive in the tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Pirates put up nine runs in the frame, a season high. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Garrett Brooks led off the decisive frame with a double down the right field line. Kirk Morgan followed with a single that moved Brooks to third. Wes Phillips came in to run for Morgan.

Parker Lamm singled to score Brooks. Charlie Yorgen had an RBI single up the middle. Eric Tyler singled to score Lamm and draw ECU within 7-5.

The Bulls pulled starter Phoenix Sanders for left-hander Andrew Perez (1-5) at that point.

Yorgen advanced to third and Tyler moved to second on a wild pitch before Bryce Harman walked to load the bases.

Travis Watkins walked after trailing 0-2 in the count to force in a run. An RBI single by freshman Turner Brown tied the game at 7.

Freshman Dwanya Williams-Sutton drew a walk to bring in the go-ahead run. Brooks had an RBI single for a 9-7 Pirates lead.

A walk to Zack Mozingo forced in a run and Williams-Sutton came in on a ground out by Lamm to put ECU ahead 11-7.

The Pirates had seven hits in the big inning and outhit the Bulls, 17-15.

Mozingo had a solo homer in ECU's three-run eighth.

Garrett Brooks and Eric Tyler escort Zack Mozingo back to the dugout after Mozingo homered to right field to lead off ECU's half of the eighth inning. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Brown finished 4-for-5. Lamm, Brooks, Watkins and Mozingo each drove in a pair of runs.

Luke Borders was 3-for-5 for USF with a two-run homer and three RBIs.

Matt Bridges (2-0) was the pitcher of record when the Pirates erupted. Davis Kirkpatrick held the Bulls scoreless in the ninth, allowing one hit, a hit batter and one walk while striking out two.

Junior left-hander Evan Kruczynski started but lacked his usual effectiveness.

"The offense deserved to pick him up after how good he's been all year," said ECU coach Cliff Godwin.

ECU second baseman Charlie Yorgen throws to first to record an out against the Bulls. The junior was 2-for-5 at the plate with an RBI. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Nine runs in an inning was a season high for the Pirates. ECU's hit total was also a team best for 2016.

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