Southern Miss Sends ECU Packing

East Carolina's season comes to a close with a 3-1 loss to Southern Miss in Friday's elimination game.

East Carolina and Southern Miss faced off for the second time in three days. With the stakes being elimination from the Conference USA tournament, Southern Miss won 3-1 to send ECU packing.

Last time they met, the Pirates edged the host team 9-8 in extra innings. This time around, starting pitcher Cameron Giannini limited ECU's offense to a single run in a complete game of work.

David Lucroy started on the mound for ECU. Last time Lucroy faced Southern Miss, he gave up two runs (both earned) on two hits and only recorded one out before being chased in favor of Nick Durazo. He made it 3.1 innings this time, but gave up three runs (all earned) on five hits en route to his sixth loss of the season.

Giannini gave up five hits in the nine innings he pitched. The only run he gave up was a fifth-inning score to Ian Townsend. After leading off with a triple in the bottom of the inning, he was pushed across by Garrett Brooks' sac-fly RBI.

The Pirates wouldn't be able to recover from Southern Miss' three-run performance in the fourth inning, though. Dylan Burdeaux, in the lead-off position, was walked by Lucroy and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He advanced to third on Austin Roussel's base hit and Roussel stole second shortly thereafter. Michael Gilbert's single up the middle plated both Burdeaux and Roussel proved to be the game-winning hit.

Ryan Williams came in to pitch for Lucroy after he gave up a third run. Nick Dawson singled up the middle, which allowed Gilbert to score. Williams would pitch five innings without surrendering a run. Drew Reynolds held Southern Miss off the board when he came in to throw the final two innings.

ECU wasn't able to get any offensive production, though. When it came time to respond after Southern Miss took the lead in the fourth inning, the Pirates were retired in order in four of the last six innings. They only managed to get two hits in those final six innings, too.

Hunter Allen drove the bulk of ECU's minimal offense. He was the only Pirate to notch two hits as he went 2-for-3 at the plate. Bryce Harman, who led off with a solo home run in the in the top of the third in Wednesday's game, didn't notch a hit in three trips to the plate and struck out twice.

ECU finishes the season with a 33-26 overall record and 16-15 record in league play. Despite series wins versus Rice, a two-game sweep of North Carolina and a 7-0 routing of North Carolina State, ECU's regional hopes were largely dependent on winning the C-USA tournament.

Southern Miss will play UTSA at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Rice and Old Dominion will square off that morning at 9 a.m.


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