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Ward Gets a Piece of C-USA's Weekly Hitting Award

From ECU Media Relations

Pirate third baseman wielded hot bat in Delaware series

GREENVILLE — East Carolina senior third baseman Bryant Ward has been named Conference USA Co-Hitter of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Ward, a product of Greenville's J.H. Rose High School, had eight hits in 13 at-bats (.615) in the Pirates' season-opening three-game sweep of visiting Delaware. He had two home runs, six RBI, two stolen bases, and three runs scored to pace the No. 29 Pirates to a 3-0 start. In the three games, he had a 1.077 slugging percentage and .667 on-base percentage.

Ward supplied the game-winning hit, an RBI single, in ECU's 3-2 win in 10 innings on Saturday. He opened the season with a 3-for-3 performance, including a home run and a single off the Blue Hens' All-America pitcher, Rich McGuire, in Friday's 10-6 win. He was 3-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 9-0 Pirate victory.

Sharing the weekly league award with Ward is Cincinnati's Brad Dorrmann. John Gorham of South Florida was named C-USA's pitcher of the week.

The Pirates are in their first season as baseball members of Conference USA. Ward is the first ECU recipient of the league's weekly baseball honor. Four Pirates won similar honors from the Colonial Athletic Association last season, including Ward, who was CAA Player of the Week following an outstanding series against Richmond. He also won the CAA award once as a sophomore.

East Carolina hosts Virginia Commonwealth in a non-conference game on Wednesday (4 p.m.) at Harrington Field.


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