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Virginia completes sweep

By Al Myatt
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GREENVILLE Second-ranked Virginia completed a sweep of its three-game season-opening series at East Carolina by taking both ends of a doubleheader on Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Saturday.

The teams played a pair of games because of the forecast of cold weather Sunday.

The Cavaliers had a five-run second inning and took advantage of five errors by the Pirates for a 9-2 win in the first game. Virginia scored twice in the eighth inning to take a 4-2 win in the second game.

ECU had a brief 1-0 lead in the first game with a run in the bottom of the first. Hunter Allen got aboard on an error and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Parker Lamm before Luke Lowery delivered an RBI single to right.

Three errors by the Pirates contributed to four unearned runs in the top of the second inning.

Travis Watkins had an RBI single to drive in the second run for ECU in the bottom of the ninth.

Connor Jones struck out eight in six innings in getting the win. Jacob Wolfe made his first start for the Pirates and went four and two-thirds innings. Only two of the eight runs scored during his mound stint were earned.

ECU rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second game to knot the score after the Cavaliers tallied a lone run in each of their first two turns at the plate. Matt Thaiss had a solo home run for the visitors in the second.

A run-scoring single by Garrett Brooks brought the Pirates within 2-1 in the second after hits by Jeff Nelson and Charlie Yorgen.

ECU loaded the bases before scoring the tying run in the fifth inning on a ground out to first by Kirk Morgan. Lamm had singled, Eric Tyler was hit by a pitch and Watkins walked with one out.

David Lucroy started and worked five and one-third innings for the Pirates in the second game. He allowed four hits, two runs, both earned, walked two and struck out two.

Virginia's decisive eighth in the second tilt included a go-ahead RBI on a ground out by Robbie Coman and a run-scoring single by Thaiss.

The Pirates played errorless defense in the second game. Yorgen had two of ECU's eight hits.

East Carolina visits Old Dominion for a 3 p.m. game on Wednesday.

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