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Inside Game Day
Saturday, June 11, 2016

By Al Myatt

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Texas Tech forces deciding game

The Pirates huddle as starting pitcher Jimmy Boyd warms up in the bullpen in preparation for
the second game of the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional on Saturday. (Photo by Al Myatt)

Lubbock Super Regional

Friday Final: ECU 8, Texas Tech 6

Saturday Final: Texas Tech 3, ECU 1 (13)

Sunday: Texas Tech vs. ECU | 3 pm | TV TBA*

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East Carolina first baseman Bryce Harman awaits a pickoff throw during the Pirates' NCAA Super Regional game with Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock, TX. (Photo by Al Myatt)



Mr. June bustin' out all over

LUBBOCK, TX Travis Watkins has become Mr. June for East Carolina in the way that Reggie Jackson was once Mr. October for the New York Yankees by hitting big home runs in big games.

Watkins continued his torrid power pace with two home runs and six RBIs at Texas Tech Friday night in an 8-6 Pirates win in the first game of a best-of-three Super Regional. ... Game story, pictures & postgame audio...

Audio: Godwin, Watkins, Bridges...

Pictured: East Carolina's Travis Watkins trots home after his fifth-inning grand slam put ECU ahead of Texas Tech in Friday night's NCAA Lubbock Super Regional. Watkins' two-run blast one inning later proved decisive as the Pirates edged within a win of sealing a berth in the College World Series. (Photo by Al Myatt)


Pirates take charter from Greenville

Al MyattThe East Carolina baseball team's travel to Lubbock, TX, for the Super Regional was expedited by the NCAA. The Pirates flew out of Greenville on Wednesday morning and got a practice in Wednesday evening on site. ... More from Al Myatt...

Audio: Godwin & players...

ECU coach Cliff Godwin and a number of his players spoke with the press after their final practice in Greenville before heading to the Lubbock Super Regional (recorded by W.A. Myatt). ... Select clips...



Mission to Omaha on course

It was the 'shot heard 'round the Pirate Nation.' More than that, it was a shot heard 'round the entire nation! Travis Watkins' three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth Saturday night set the stage for an NCAA regional championship and a super regional berth. ... More from Brian Bailey...



Pirates welcomed home as champs

GREENVILLE An enthusiastic contingent of East Carolina fans made the trek to Clark-LeClair Stadium on Monday to extend congratulations and a hearty welcome to the Pirates upon their return to Clark-LeClair Stadium after capturing the NCAA regional title in Charlottesville over the weekend. Bonesville's W.A. Myatt captured a few pictures of the occasion and recorded interviews with ECU head coach Cliff Godwin and Regional MVP Travis Watkins. ... Play audio and view photos...

Audio: Godwin and Watkins...



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...


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Postgame audio: Godwin, Lanier, Yorgen...

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LUBBOCK, TX East Carolina was playing for its first ever trip to the College World Series on Saturday. Texas Tech was just trying to get to Sunday.

The Red Raiders (45-18) accomplished their objective with a 3-1 win as Eric Gutierrez had a two-run single in the top of the 13th inning at Rip Griffin Park.

The deciding game of the best-of-three series is today at 3 p.m., Eastern time.

ECU (38-22-1) had a 12-7 lead in hits. Both clubs missed opportunities as Texas Tech left 15 on base and the Pirates stranded 14.

ECU put the Red Raiders in a must-win situation with an 8-6 victory Friday night as Travis Watkins hit a grand slam and a two-run homer.

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With East Carolina trailing 1-0, ECU's Charlie Yorgen takes one for the team to get a free pass to first base in the bottom of the 6th inning. (Photo by Al Myatt)

A sacrifice fly by Watkins accounted for the only run for the Pirates in the sixth inning Saturday, tying the score at 1.

Texas Tech had taken a 1-0 lead in the fourth after a one-out double by Tyler Neslony. He scored on a two-out single by Michael Davis.

Charlie Yorgen was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the sixth as ECU was designated the home team. Freshman Dwanya Williams-Sutton was walked to give the Pirates runners at first and second with none out.

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ECU head coach Cliff Godwin signals with Charlie Yorgen on first base. (Photo by Al Myatt)

The Red Raiders pulled starting left-hander Steven Gingery at that point for lefty Hayden Howard, who picked off Williams-Sutton for the first out of the frame.

Turner Brown's single put Yorgen at third and Watkins collected his seventh RBI of the series with a fly to left.

The four hour, 56-minute marathon included stellar relief performances by ECU's Joe Ingle and Robert Dugger (6-0) of Texas Tech.

Ingle allowed one hit over five innings, entering the game in the eighth. He walked five but struck out six.

Leftfielder Williams-Sutton made a diving catch on a liner by Gutierrez, the Big 12 Player of the Year, to end the top of the 11th after Ingle had walked a pair.

Yorgen made a leaping catch and niftily reached down to tag out Neslony to end the top of the 12th after the Texas Tech left fielder broke for second on a pickoff attempt at first.

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Travis Watkins, the hero of ECU's Friday night victory over the Red Raiders with two homers and six RBIs, follows through on a 6th inning sacrifice fly to drive in Charlie Yorgen, tying Saturday's game at 1-1. (Photo by Al Myatt)

Dugger allowed two hits, walked two and fanned five over the final five innings.

"When you're trying to make your first trip to Omaha, it's not going to be easy," said ECU coach Cliff Godwin. "They played just a little bit better than us. ... You can't go through the back door to get to Omaha. You've got to go through the front door and tell everybody you're coming."

Godwin went to the CWS as an assistant at Ole Miss in 2014.

The Pirates saved the potential go-ahead run at the plate in the top of the ninth. Tyler Floyd led off with a walk and Gutierrez was intentionally walked with two out. Tanner Gardner's smash to first was knocked down by ECU's Bryce Harman, who retrieved the ball in time to get Floyd going home.

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ECU's Charlie Yorgen scores the game-tying run in the bottom of the 6th inning on Travis Watkins' sacrifice fly. The 1-1 score remained that way until Texas Tech pushed across two runs in the 13th inning to even the best-of-three series at one game apiece. (Photo by Al Myatt)

Five players had two hits for the Pirates in game two Parker Lamm, Williams-Sutton, Brown, Eric Tyler and Luke Bolka. Watkins was 1-for-2 with three walks. Gardner was 3-for-6 for Texas Tech.

ECU will probably start left-hander Jacob Wolfe (6-3, 2.66 earned run average) today. The Red Raiders had not named a starter Saturday night although Ryan Mosely and Ty Damron were possibilities. Texas Tech will be the home team today.

A crowd of 4,817 was on hand Saturday, matching the stadium record set Friday night.

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