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NCAA Charlottesville Regional

June 3-6 | Davenport Field | Schedule

Game 1: UVa 17, W&M 4 (Friday)

Game 2: ECU 9, Bryant 1 (Friday)

Game 3: W&M 4, Bryant 3 (Saturday)
Game 4: ECU 8, UVa 6 (Saturday)
Game 5: W&M 5, UVa 4 (Sunday)
Game 6: ECU 8, W&M 4 * (Sunday)
*ECU advances to super regional

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Pirates power up, go Super

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA Two-run homers by Charlie Yorgen, Travis Watkins and Eric Tyler keyed East Carolina's 8-4 win over William & Mary on Sunday, clinching the NCAA regional championship. The Tribe (31-31) had edged 2015 College World Series champion Virginia 5-4 in an elimination game earlier in the day ... More...


Walkoff wallop whips Wahoos

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA A three-run homer by Travis Watkins capped a five-run ninth inning for East Carolina and provided an 8-6 walkoff win over Virginia in the winners' bracket matchup Saturday at Davenport Field. ... More...


Pirates pull away in eighth

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA East Carolina broke open a pitching duel with seven runs in the eighth inning to defeat Bryant 9-1 in the Pirates' NCAA Tournament opener on Friday. Third-seeded ECU (35-21-1) advances to play top-seeded Virginia (38-20) at 6 p.m. today. ... More...



Regional represents redemption

Al MyattThe Bryant Bulldogs have momentum going into the Charlottesville regional. East Carolina's first round opponent at 4 p.m. today has won 10 in a row. Momentum is not a factor in the Pirates' favor as ECU is coming off an 0-2 showing in defense of its 2015 championship in the American Athletic Conference tournament ... More from Al Myatt...



Dual-threat QB plans to enroll early

One play was all it took for Kingsley Ifedi to start turning heads in his varsity debut as Vance High School's starting quarterback last August. Ifedi had served as the backup to senior Omar Baker, Jr., the year before as a sophomore after transferring to Vance from Phillip O'Berry Academy ... More from Sammy Batten...

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Road to Omaha starts in Virginia

East Carolina will head back to the scene of its first road series of the year for NCAA play, as the Pirates travel to Charlottesville for the NCAA regionals. ... More from Brian Bailey...



Pirates return to Charlottesville

East Carolina received a bid to the NCAA Tournament on Monday and will be returning to Virginia's Davenport Field where the Pirates won two of three against the Cavaliers in a series Feb. 26-28. ... More...



Pirates stock up at quarterback

In the month since starting quarterback contender Kurt Benkert transferred out of the program, East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery has busied himself replenishing ECU's reservoir of talent at the position. Highly-regarded prep signal callers Kingsley Ifedi (left) and Mic Roof (right) are the latest talents to make their pledges to the Purple and Gold. ... Class of 2017 thumbnails...



East Carolina exits early

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. ... More...



ECU's nemesis strikes again

CLEARWATER, FL South Florida continued its role as American Athletic Conference nemesis for East Carolina on Wednesday with a 4-2 win over the Pirates in ECU's league tournament opener. ... More...


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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA A three-run homer by Travis Watkins capped a five-run ninth inning for East Carolina and provided an 8-6 walkoff win over Virginia in the winners' bracket matchup Saturday at Davenport Field.

The Cavaliers (38-21) face William & Mary (30-30 in an elimination game at 11 a.m. today. ECU (36-21-1) plays the winner of that game at 3 p.m. today. A Pirate victory would wrap up the regional title.

An ECU loss Sunday would force a deciding game in the double-elimination regional on Monday.

The Pirates trailed 6-3 going to the bottom of the ninth. Third-seeded ECU was designated the home team against the top-seeded Cavs, the defending College World Series champions.

Pinch-hitter Kirk Morgan started ECU's decisive frame with an infield single and Wesley Phillips was inserted to pinch run. Parker Lamm doubled down the left field line to score Phillips and draw the Pirates within 6-4.

Charlie Yorgen's RBI single to right cut the margin to 6-5.

A hit by Dwanya Williams-Sutton and a sacrifice bunt by Turner Brown put runners at second and third.

Watkins drove a 1-1 pitch over the fence in left-center to end the game.

ECU loaded the bases in the first inning and took a 1-0 lead as Virginia turned a double play.

The Cavs went ahead 4-1 in the third on a two-run double by Matt Thaiss and a two-run homer by Pavin Smith.

Lamm and Yorgen had singles in the bottom of the third. The runners moved up on a wild pitch. Lamm came home on a ground out to first by Turner Brown to trim the lead to 4-2.

Hits by Garrett Brooks and Eric Tyler started ECU's half of the sixth. Bryce Harman was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Luke Bolka fouled off five straight pitches before hitting a sacrifice fly that closed UVa's lead to 4-3.

Smith had his second homer of the game in the eighth and Charlie Cody had a sacrifice fly as Virginia extended its advantage to 6-3.

Joe Ingle (6-3) pitched the final one and two-thirds innings for the win. Ingle allowed no hits, no runs and struck out three while walking one.

Tommy Doyle (2-6) took the loss.

The Pirates had a 15-8 lead in hits as Yorgen went 4-for-5. Brooks went 3-for-4. Lamm and Williams-Sutton each had two hits.

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