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Pirates post pair of shutouts

By Al Myatt
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GREENVILLE East Carolina recorded a pair of shutouts in a doubleheader sweep of Monmouth on Saturday at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Sophomore left-hander Evan Kruczynski pitched a two-hit shutout in the first game and the Pirates scored twice in the eighth inning for a 2-0 win.

The offense came alive much earlier in the second game as ECU scored six times in the first inning en route to a 9-0 victory.

Jacob Wolfe, Luke Bolka, Nick Durazo and Cameron Snow combined for the shutout in the second game.

Kruczynski threw 97 pitches, 72 for strikes. He walked one and struck out seven.

The Pirates scored twice in the eighth inning in the first game. Eric Tyler singled to center field with one out and Parker Lamm pinch ran for him. Bryce Harman singled to left field and a throwing error by the left fielder allowed Lamm to come home with the game's first run. Harman went to second on the miscue and took third when Travis Watkins singled through the left side. A fielder's choice by Garrett Brooks that retired Watkins at second allowed Harman to come home.

Watkins went 2-for-4 as the Pirates collected nine hits, all singles.

ECU (8-5) outhit the Hawks (0-8) by a 15-3 margin in the second game.

Reid Love led off the bottom of the first frame with a home run to left field to set the tone. Tyler and Harman followed with singles before Travis Watkins singled to score Tyler. Jackson Mims and Charlie Yorgen had RBI singles. Brooks drove in two runs with a single to center field.

Tyler doubled in the second inning and scored on a hit by Harman for a 7-0 lead.

ECU added two unearned runs in the fourth as Tyler, Mims and Yorgen had singles. Monmouth had an error and a wild pitch.

Tyler and Mims finished the second game with three hits each. Harman, Yorgen and Brooks had two hits apiece.

Wolfe started and went six innings. He allowed three hits and struck out six. Bolka, Durazo and Snow pitched one inning each and didn't allow a hit. Bolka and Durazo each had one whiff. Snow struck out the side in the ninth.

A 1 p.m. game today will complete the nonconference series.

PAGE UPDATED 03/08/15 12:18 AM.

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