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Pirates take series at UCF, 7-1

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Hawaii guard moving back East

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Pirates take opener at UCF

ORLANDO East Carolina scored two runs on two Central Florida errors and the Pirates never trailed in a 5-3 American Athletic Conference win Thursday. The game started at 11 a.m. and today's game is scheduled to get under way at 11 this morning as well to avoid potential rain later in the day. ... More...

 
 
 
 

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CLEARWATER, FL A 5-4 loss to Memphis on Thursday knocked East Carolina out of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

The second-seeded Pirates (34-21-1) fell 4-2 to seventh-seeded South Florida on Wednesday before the sixth-seeded Tigers (20-38) took the elimination game.

ECU will await the announcement of the NCAA Tournament pairings on Monday at noon.

The two-day performance at Bright House Field was a stark contrast to the Pirates' run to the league tournament championship last season. A three-game sweep at Central Florida preceded the AAC tournament.

Darien Tubbs hit a two-run homer off ECU starter Jimmy Boyd in the bottom of the first for a 2-0 Memphis lead.

The Pirates tied the score in the top of the second with a pair of runs. Garrett Brooks had a one-out single, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a hit by Eric Tyler. A pair of Memphis errors allowed Tyler to come home.

Chris Carrier reached on an error by ECU second baseman Charlie Yorgen in the second and Trent Turner was hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt by Jake Overbey moved the runners to second and third. Carrier scored for a 3-2 Tigers lead on a ground out to first by Jason Santana.

Jacob Elliott had a two-run single in the third for a 5-2 Memphis lead. The hit down the right field line brought in Jake Little, who had singled, and Tubbs, who had walked. Boyd (7-5) had two wild pitches in the inning.

The Pirates got lone runs in the fifth and eighth innings.

Parker Lamm was hit by a pitch in the fifth, Turner Brown walked and Travis Watkins had an RBI single through the right side to draw ECU within 5-3.

Watkins had a one-out single to left in the eighth and Brooks singled before the Tigers went to side-arming right-hander Nolan Blackwood.

Pinch hitter Kirk Morgan reached on a fielder's choice that scored Watkins to cut the lead to 5-4 before Blackwood got Zack Mozingo swinging to strand runners on the corners.

Boyd lasted two and one-third innings, yielding five runs, all earned.

Freshman Sam Lanier pitched four and two-thirds for the Pirates, allowing one hit, no walks and striking out six. Freshman Matt Bridges allowed one hit in the eighth.

Alex Hicks (1-2) got the win in relief of starter Matt Ferguson. Blackwood notched his seventh save.

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