Watkins' walkoff wallop whips Wahoos
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — A
three-run homer by Travis Watkins capped a five-run ninth inning for
East Carolina and provided an 8-6 walkoff win over Virginia in the
winners' bracket matchup Saturday at Davenport Field.
The Cavaliers (38-21) face
William & Mary (30-30 in an elimination game at 11 a.m. today. ECU
(36-21-1) plays the winner of that game at 3 p.m. today. A Pirate
victory would wrap up the regional title.
An ECU loss Sunday would
force a deciding game in the double-elimination regional on Monday.
The Pirates trailed 6-3
going to the bottom of the ninth. Third-seeded ECU was designated the
home team against the top-seeded Cavs, the defending College World
Pinch-hitter Kirk Morgan
started ECU's decisive frame with an infield single and Wesley Phillips
was inserted to pinch run. Parker Lamm doubled down the left field line
to score Phillips and draw the Pirates within 6-4.
Charlie Yorgen's RBI single
to right cut the margin to 6-5.
A hit by Dwanya
Williams-Sutton and a sacrifice bunt by Turner Brown put runners at
second and third.
Watkins drove a 1-1 pitch
over the fence in left-center to end the game.
ECU loaded the bases in the
first inning and took a 1-0 lead as Virginia turned a double play.
The Cavs went ahead 4-1 in
the third on a two-run double by Matt Thaiss and a two-run homer by
Lamm and Yorgen had singles
in the bottom of the third. The runners moved up on a wild pitch. Lamm
came home on a ground out to first by Turner Brown to trim the lead to
Hits by Garrett Brooks and
Eric Tyler started ECU's half of the sixth. Bryce Harman was hit by a
pitch to load the bases.
Luke Bolka fouled off five
straight pitches before hitting a sacrifice fly that closed UVa's lead
Smith had his second homer
of the game in the eighth and Charlie Cody had a sacrifice fly as
Virginia extended its advantage to 6-3.
Joe Ingle (6-3) pitched the
final one and two-thirds innings for the win. Ingle allowed no hits, no
runs and struck out three while walking one.
Tommy Doyle (2-6) took the
The Pirates had a 15-8 lead
in hits as Yorgen went 4-for-5. Brooks went 3-for-4. Lamm and
Williams-Sutton each had two hits.
06/05/16 01:38 AM.
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