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Memphis ruins Pirates' Senior Day

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ECU vs. USF | Thursday, 3:30 pm

Pictured: Marshall Guilmette, whose ECU playing career ended as a redshirt sophomore due to health issues, was recognized with the seniors on Sunday. (Photo by Al Myatt)


ECU tops Terps for Classic title

GREENVILLE   East Carolina claimed its fourth straight Keith LeClair Classic championship with a 4-3 win over Maryland on Sunday. The Pirates and Terps each finished 2-1 in the 13th annual event with ECU claiming the title by virtue of Sunday's head-to-head result. ... More...


Vols take advantage of ECU miscues

GREENVILLE   Two East Carolina errors in the top of the first inning helped Tennessee to a 3-0 lead and the Volunteers went on to take a 5-2 win in the Keith LeClair Classic on Saturday. Three of Tennessee's runs were unearned as the Pirates committed four errors. ... More...


Pirates prevail after 9th-inning drama

GREENVILLE   Turner Brown's two-run single with one out in the bottom of the ninth lifted East Carolina to a 2-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana on the first day of the 13th annual Keith LeClair Classic on Friday. ... More...


Pirates pay homage to legend

Even before former East Carolina baseball coach Keith LeClair succumbed to Lou Gehrig's disease in 2006, a means of honoring the memory of the man who envisioned the Pirates playing in the College World Series was sought. ... More from Al Myatt...



Memphis ruins Pirates' Senior Day

GREENVILLE This has been a subpar season for Memphis by the program's traditional standards, but the decline was not evident in an 83-53 win on Senior Day at East Carolina on Sunday.

The Tigers improved to 17-14 and 8-10 in the American Athletic Conference by hitting 34 of 63 shots from the field for 54 percent. ... Story & pictures...

Pictured: Former manager Drew Bost got a start for the Pirates on Senior Day. (Photo by Al Myatt.)

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Next: AAC Tournament | Orlando, FL | March 10-13
No. 8 ECU vs. No. 9 USF | Thursday, 3:30 pm



ECU pulls away at South Florida

TAMPA, FL East Carolina made a series of successful adjustments for a 52-39 American Athletic Conference win at South Florida on Wednesday night. Pirates coach Jeff Lebo used a deeper rotation than in the previous game with Cincinnati ... More...



Tone is set for ambitious season

East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin wants to host an NCAA regional. He wants to host a Super Regional, with the ultimate goal of going to Omaha and the College Baseball World Series. ... More from Brian Bailey...

Audio: The Brian Bailey Show

The Brian Bailey Show airs on Pirate Radio 1250 on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Brian's guests this week were ECU baseball coach Cliff Godwin (right), Farmville Central basketball coach Larry Williford and WNCN sportscaster Todd Gibson: Replay show...



Cavs avoid sweep with 4-2 win

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA   Virginia got off to a good start Sunday and avoided being swept in a three-game series with East Carolina by dealing the Pirates their first loss of the season, 4-2. Adam Haseley led off the bottom of the first inning with a double for the Cavaliers. ... More...

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Pirates take series

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA   Luke Bolka had a 3-run homer and finished with four RBIs to lead East Carolina to a 6-1 victory at Virginia on Saturday for a series win over the defending College World Series champions. The Pirates improved to 6-0 and go for the series sweep at 1 p.m. today. ... More...


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GREENVILLE This has been a subpar season for Memphis by the program's traditional standards, but the decline was not evident in an 83-53 win on Senior Day at East Carolina on Sunday.

The Tigers improved to 17-14 and 8-10 in the American Athletic Conference by hitting 34 of 63 shots from the field for 54 percent.

Pictured: B.J. Tyson drives to the hoop. (Photo by Al Myatt)

Memphis made 10 of 23 attempts from beyond the arc for 43.5 percent in squaring the season series following an 84-83 loss at home to the Pirates on Jan. 24.

"Memphis had energy, enthusiasm and they shot it well," said ECU coach Jeff Lebo.

The Pirates started seniors Mike Zangari, Kanu Aja, Prince Williams, Drew Bost and Peyton Robbins.

Pictured: Mike Zangari, left, is ready to screen for Prince Williams on the wing. (Photo by Al Myatt)

Aja's dunk with 9:21 left in the first half gave ECU a 20-18 lead but the Tigers responded with a 19-2 run.

Memphis was ahead 41-26 at the half and led by as many as 35 points in the second half.

"We laid an egg," said Prince Williams.

Pictured: Peyton Robbins [31] is set up in ECU's zone defense. (Photo by Al Myatt)

B.J. Tyson led the Pirates (12-19, 4-14) with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. Michel Nzege had 11 points. Caleb White scored 10 points and had three steals.

Zangari had eight points and six rebounds as ECU held a 35-32 lead on the boards. Zangari wore No. 41 in honor of Marshall Guilmette, who was recognized with the seniors. Health issues forced Guilmette to stop playing before what would have been his junior season in 2015-16.

Pictured: Caleb White is double-teamed by Memphis defenders. (Photo by Al Myatt)

Prince Williams had seven points and five assists but made an uncharacteristic six turnovers. The Pirates committed 22 turnovers to 10 for the Tigers.

"We couldn't even dribble," Lebo said. "Oddest thing I've seen."

Pictured: Kentrell Barkley returned to action after missing the South Florida game due to illiness. (Photo by Al Myatt)

The Tigers had a 32-3 command in points off of turnovers.

Avery Woodson led Memphis with 20 points. Shaq Goodwin had 17 points and eight rebounds. Dedric Lawson had 14 points and five assists. Trahson Burrell had 13 points, six assists and five steals. Jeremiah Martin had five assists for the Tigers.

Pictured: Kanu Aja sets a pick for fellow senior Prince Williams. (Photo by Al Myatt)

The Pirates go into the AAC Tournament as the No. 8 seed and will face No. 9 South Florida in the opening game at the Amway Center in Orlando at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The winner advances to meet top-seeded Temple at noon on Friday.

ECU went 1-8 at home in league play this season and 3-6 on the road in the AAC.

"Playing better on the road was a goal," Prince Williams said.

Pictured: Mike Zangari normally wears No. 34 but donned No. 41 Sunday to honor Marshall Guilmette. (Photo by Al Myatt)

Overall, the Pirates were 8-8 at home and 3-10 away. ECU went 1-1 in a pair of neutral court contests in Las Vegas.

Zangari noted that spring break had reduced the crowd Sunday, which was announced as 4,487. ECU's final baseball game in the LeClair Classic started 30 minutes before tipoff in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum and gave the fan base options for viewing.

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