ECU's Lucroy and Gosik Highlight Series Win

Two Pirates stepped into the limelight to help ECU win the weekend series against the Monmouth Hawks.

The weekend started on a somber note for the East Carolina baseball team when it dropped its series opener against the Monmouth Hawks, 4-3, in ten innings Friday.

The Pirates (9-5) would bounce back to win the final two games of the weekend series—including a 4-0 shutout on Sunday afternoon—highlighted by redshirt freshman David Lucroy's complete game.

Lucroy, who has solidified himself in the team's Sunday-starter role, struck out a career-high 12 batters, while only surrendering two hits and a walk on 106 pitches.

He had never thrown a complete game in which he pitched that well for that long.

"Never nine innings, because high school is a little less than that, (only playing seven innings)" said Lucroy, "It's a first."

ECU went back to its recipe for success by getting on the board early—jumping in front of Monmouth (3-7) 2-0 with a sacrifice-fly in each of the first two frames – giving Lucroy a lead to protect.

He added, "It's a different feeling out there pitching whenever you got guys swinging the bat like we do out there."

Senio Chris Gosik made his second start of the season, after notching his first home run of the season in ECU's 7-6 win on Saturday.

He continued his recent success at the plate with two doubles (2 for 4) and a run scored on Sunday. His two-bagger in the fourth inning resulted in a run to make it 3-0, following Monmouth left fielder Casey Saverio's throwing error.

Gosik, a utility player from Thorton, Pa., has only appeared in four games this season Sunday, but stepped up when his number was called this weekend.

"I call it windows of opportunity. When you get them and the window's open, jump through it," said ECU coach Billy Godwin. "Don't let it slam on your fingers."

Right-fielder Dylan Brown would extend the Pirate's cushion to 4-0 when he scored from third base on a wild pitch in the eighth inning.

Lucroy took over the game in the third frame when he began a consecutive batters retired streak that lasted 16 at-bats. Hawks pinch-hitter Joe Bamford snapped the streak with a single in the eighth inning.

ECU will host the Old Dominion Monarchs on Tuesday night. The two schools were scheduled to meet last Wednesday in Virginia, but the game was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Pirates will play their first road contest of the season at Campbell Wednesday. It will begin a stretch in which ECU plays eight of its next nine games on the road.

Godwin hinted that he was leaning towards freshman Nick Durazo as his starting pitcher against ODU. He was slated to throw against the Monarchs in last week's cancelled game. If Durazo starts Tuesday, senior Andy Smithmyer likely would get the nod on Wednesday.

"It's going to be two great challenges for our club," said Godwin, "I'm just hoping the weather cooperates and we go on a little bit of a roll here."


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