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ECU takes series with Monmouth

By Al Myatt
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GREENVILLE   East Carolina scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 5-2 win over Monmouth on Saturday, giving the Pirates a series win.

ECU (13-6), ranked No. 17 nationally by D1 Baseball, edged the Hawks 4-3 on Friday night.

Parker Lamm was 4-for-4 for the Pirates on Saturday as ECU collected 13 hits.

The Pirates go for a sweep of the three-game series at 1 p.m. today. Davis Kirkpatrick will start for ECU and will be on a pitch count. A sophomore right-hander, Kirkpatrick sat out the 2015 season after Tommy John surgery.

The son of Donnie Kirkpatrick, former Pirates assistant football coach, threw 10 pitches Tuesday night in a 17-4 home loss to No. 6 North Carolina.

Garrett Brooks singled to left field to lead off for ECU in the eighth and a sacrifice bunt by Turner Brown moved him to second. Jeff Nelson and Bryce Harman drew walks before Lamm singled to drive in Brooks with the go-ahead run.

Charlie Yorgen walked on four pitches to force in Nelson for a 4-2 Pirates lead. ECU went ahead 5-2 on a sacrifice fly to right by Travis Watkins that brought in Harman. Lamm was out on a play at the plate to end the inning.

Jimmy Boyd (2-1), today's scheduled starter, pitched the last two innings Saturday for the win The senior right-hander put up two scoreless frames while allowing one hit and one walk. He struck out two after freshman Chris Holba had yielded a pair of game-tying runs in relief of starter Jacob Wolfe.

The Hawks (6-11) had five hits in seven innings against Wolfe, who struck out seven and walked two.

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the third after Nelson led off with a single to right. Kirk Morgan followed with a single through the right side. ECU loaded the bases as the Hawks had a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Lamm. Yorgen reached on a fielder's choice to first as Monmouth got Nelson out at home. Eric Tyler's single through the ride side plated Morgan but Lamm was retired at home to end the inning.

ECU went ahead 2-0 in the seventh as Tyler scored Lamm with an infield single. Watkins singled to move Lamm to third after Lamm had a hit up the middle. Tyler finished with two hits and two RBIs.

PAGE UPDATED 03/20/16 12:38 AM.

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