Weekend Roundup: Florida Atlantic

East Carolina (27-18, 13-8 Conference USA) took two of three games against Florida Atlantic (22-21, 10-14 C-USA) in Boca Raton this weekend.

East Carolina (27-18, 13-8 Conference USA) picked up two wins in Boca Raton this weekend. Florida Atlantic (22-21, 10-14 C-USA) edged ECU in the series opening game, but the Pirates took the next two contests to win the series.

FAU came from behind to take Game 1. A two-hit showing in the bottom of the eighth produced the pair of runs needed to lift the Owls past ECU. They trailed 3-2 and tied the game when Brendon Sanger scored on an RBI triple by Tyler Rocklein. Shortly after, Rocklein scored the deciding run on Kevin Abraham's base hit.

The Pirates had a shot at reclaiming the lead in the top of the ninth, but were retired in order. Charlie Yorgen and Garrett Brooks grounded out and Ben Fultz flied out as FAU's field ensured a win.

As a team, ECU only had six hits to FAU's eight. Brooks and Yorgen each had a pair of hits and Yorgen scored two of the side's three runs.

The Diamond Bucs had their bats swinging much better on Saturday. Dylan Brown and Luke Lowery each hit home runs and combined for four runs and five RBI en route to a 6-4 win. Brown's three runs led the team, as did his four hits.

ECU jumped ahead early on. With two outs in the first inning, Zach Houchins, Ian Townsend, Brown hit consecutive singles. Lowery then came out and hit a three-run homer to give the Pirates a 4-0 lead.

Thanks to exceptional pitching by Brett Mabry and Ryan Williams, Brown's four hits tied FAU's total. Mabry (4-1) earned the win after surrendering only one hit and three runs (all earned) in six innings of work. Williams relieved Mabry for the last three innings and only allowed three hits and an earned run in three innings pitched.

Game 3 also saw quite the pitching display. David Lucroy fanned a season-high 11 batters in the series-clinching 2-1 win. He gave up a hit and earned run in seven innings of work before a call was made to the bullpen. He only surrendered a pair of hits and was credited with his seventh save of the season and second of the weekend.

Eric Tyler scored the winning run for the Pirates in the fifth inning. He got on base after FAU starting pitcher Drew Jackson hit him with a pitch. He then reached second on a sac-bunt by Hunter Allen, which resulted in Bo Logan stepping in to pitch. Charlie Yorgen's single down the left field line put Tyler on third and he scored on a wild pitch shortly after.

The Pirates now prepare for their second meeting of the season with in-state rival North Carolina. Last week, ECU edged UNC 3-2. A little further out is ECU's next league series, which will be against Florida International in Greenville next weekend.

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