Lucroy baffles Hawks as ECU
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East Carolina pitcher David Lucroy got the kinks out of
his system early against Monmouth Sunday afternoon.
After issuing a walk, making a throwing error, hitting
a batter and uncorking a wild pitch in the first inning, the redshirt
freshman righthander had the Hawks' number and proceeded to hurl a complete
game 4-0 victory at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Lucroy got out of the first inning jam with a strikeout
and a groundout and was virtually unhittable the rest of the way, recording
12 KOs in a two-hit masterpiece. Once the wobbly start was behind him, he
allowed only two MU batters to reach base, both on singles.
The Umatilla, FL, product got all the offensive support
he needed in the bottom of the opening frame when junior outfielder Dylan
Brown drove in senior second baseman Bryan Bass with a sacrifice fly for a
1-0 lead. Bass had reached on a walk and advanced to third on junior
designated hitter Drew Reynolds' single.
As Lucroy kept the Hawks' batters off balance inning
after inning, ECU (9-5) added insurance runs in the second, fourth and
eighth to ensure the win and capture the series. The Pirates
defeated MU 7-6 on Saturday after
losing the Friday opener 4-3 in 10 innings.
Lucroy improved to 2-1 with the victory.
Monmouth starter Jonathan Shippee (0-2) took the loss.
The senior righthander gave up five hits, walked two and was charged with
three runs during his three-inning stint.
ECU outfielder Chris Gosik had a game-high two hits,
both doubles and both ultimately involved in scores.
Gosik's second inning double-bagger led to a run when
he advanced to third on a groundout and was driven in by freshman catcher
Travis Watkins' sacrifice fly.
Gosik's fourth inning double followed a single by
senior third baseman Jay Cannon, advancing Cannon to third. Cannon reached
home on a throwing error by MU freshman leftfielder Casey Saverio.
The Pirates' final score came in the eighth when Brown
tripled and raced to the plate two batters later on a wild pitch.
Monmouth fell to 3-7 with the loss.
Next up for the Pirates is a Tuesday
home game with Old Dominion (5 p.m.).