Pirates pick up road victory over Bearcats

ECU kept its conference title hopes alive with a road victory over conference-foe Cincinnati on Friday.

Garrett Brooks and Eric Tyler each hit home runs while Reid Love picked up his seventh win working seven innings helping East Carolina to a 7-3 series opening win over Cincinnati Thursday night at Marge Schott Stadium.

With the win the Pirates improve to 34-30 overall and 13-9 in American Athletic Conference play, while the Bearcats fall to 15-37 and 6-16.

Love (7-3) picked up the win allowing three runs (all earned) on 11 hits with six strikeouts and no walks. On the season, Love has tallied 68 strikeouts to just nine walks and improved to 5-1 in conference play (seven starts) with the victory. Jimmy Boyd (1 K) and Joe Ingle (1 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) tossed scoreless innings of relief on the night.

Ryan Atkinson (4-6) took the loss surrendering all seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits with five walk and four strikeouts. Tristan Hammans recorded the final two outs allowing a walk out of the bullpen.

Travis Watkins led the Pirates 10-hit attack going 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and scoring a pair of runs. Brooks, Bryce Harman and Tyler each added a pair of hits, while Brooks also drove in a pair of runs. Both of Harman’s base hits went for extra bases (double and triple) to left center. Six different Pirates scored runs, while four tallied all six RBI.

Four Bearcats recorded multiple hits with Ian Happ driving in two of their three runs, which came on a two-run home run in the eighth inning.

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