Pirates climb out of hole
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GREENVILLE — East Carolina climbed out of a 5-0 hole
after Central Florida scored five runs with two out in the top of the second
inning at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Friday night.
The Pirates evened the Conference USA series by
rallying for a 10-8 victory before a crowd of 2,578. The third and deciding
game has been moved up to 10 a.m. today because of the possibility of
The Knights knocked redshirt freshman right-hander
David Lucroy out of the game after he struck out the first two batters in
the top of the second. Lucroy threw 62 pitches in one and two-thirds
A progression of relievers that included Joseph Hughes,
Jake Harris, Brett Mabry and Drew Reynolds rode the crest of a 14-hit effort
by ECU batters.
Bryan Bass and Chris Gosik had three hits each. Chase
McDonald hit his 10th home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth.
McDonald and Ben Fultz each had a pair of hits.
Mabry (4-3) got the win. Reynolds recorded his 13th
save as ECU improved to 29-24 overall and 13-10 in C-USA.
Gosik's RBI single in the seventh inning put the
Pirates ahead to stay at 9-8. McDonald cleared the right field fence for a
ECU scored in six of eight innings. McDonald and Jay
Cannon each had two RBIs in the win.
The Knights slipped to 29-26 overall and 13-10 in
league play in the three-hour, 15-minute contest.
ECU recognized seniors Bass, Cannon, Philip Clark,
Gosik, Harris, Hughes, Sam King, Andy Smithmyer and videographer Paul
Pagnato before the game.
Right-handed junior Ryan Williams (6-2, 3.96 ERA) is
expected to start for the Pirates this morning as ECU seeks to win its sixth
straight weekend series.
The league tournament is scheduled to start Wednesday