Pirates Take Game One Behind Three Home Runs
With a 14-hit performance, including a four-run fifth inning, East Carolina picked up a 10-3 victory to begin its three-game weekend series against in-state opponent Elon on Friday. The Pirates’ (11-6) three most prolific hitters in the heart of their batting order — consisting of second baseman Charlie Yorgen, cleanup hitter Luke Lowery and first baseman Bryce Harman — each notched a home run to help sophomore pitcher Evan Kruczynski earn his team-best fourth victory of the season. ECU struck first when Yorgen’s first inning solo homer cleared the right field wall, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. It was his only hit of the game, but started an offensive display that would see the Pirates score in all but three innings on Friday. The Phoenix (8-7) got to Kruczynski in the second and third inning as Elon’s Chris King picked up a RBI in both innings with a fielder’s choice and single that deadlocked the game, two-all. Harman, who finished the game with two hits and three RBI, broke the early tie with his fourth inning solo shot and gave the Pirates a lead they would not relinquish. The fifth inning would prove to be no easier for Elon starter Matt Harris. Harman pushed home Garrett Brooks and Kirk Morgan to score with a two-out triple. Then Harman came around to score after Lowery hit ECU’s final home run of the game on the next at bat, effectively putting the Pirates up 7-2. Aided by the offensive outburst, Kruczynski settled in and went seven innings. He allowed nine hits and three runs — only two of which were earned — and recorded two strikeouts before handing the ball over to Reid Love, who inherited a 7-3 lead. Love, along with Ross Gardner, held the Phoenix without a hit in the final two innings on their way to capping off the Game One victory. Seven of ECU’s starters finished the game with a hit and the Pirates collectively left only four runners on base. Lowery and Morgan tied with Elon’s Joey Tomko with a game-high three hits. ECU returns to action tomorrow for the second game of the three-game series against Elon at 4:30 p.m.
Inside ECU Sports Top Stories
Ole Miss Sweeps ECUIt was a weekend of being close, but not being able to close for the East Carolina Pirates. Though they were swept, they lost each game after being ahead or tied. Also, ECU was in…
Inside ECU SportsYesterday at 1:31 PM
AAC Recap: Knights 61 Pirates 58Greenville, N.C.-- The East Carolina Pirates battled to the end against Central Florida, but lost 61-58. Leading the way for UCF was Nick Banyard with 18 points. ECU head coach…
Inside ECU SportsSunday at 6:23 AM
Post Game: ECU-TempleGreenville, N.C.-- East Carolina defeated Temple 78-64. The Pirates are now 12-14 on the season and 4-9 in the conference.
Inside ECU SportsThursday at 9:30 AM
ECU Takes On Central FloridaComing off a fresh win against the Temple Owls, ECU looks to win two in a row as they play the UCF Golden Knights tomorrow at 4 p.m. in Minges.
Inside ECU SportsFriday at 2:20 PM