Pirates sweep Bearcats, clinch No. 2 seed
Bryce Harman and Charlie Yorgen each belted home runs helping East Carolina complete a three-game series sweep over Cincinnati 8-7 Saturday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium. With the win the Pirates close out the regular season with a 36-20 overall record and 15-9 ledger in American Athletic Conference play, while the Bearcats finish 15-39 and 6-18. ECU also earned the second seed at the upcoming AAC Championships and will play seventh seed UCF on Wednesday, May 20 at 11 a.m. (ET). Nick Durazo (4-0) picked up the win working a scoreless inning of relief allowing one hit and striking out two. Joe Ingle notched his team-leading sixth save (third of the weekend) recording the final two outs in the ninth with a strikeout. Starter Jacob Wolfe gave up three runs (all earned) on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts in five innings of work. Jimmy Boyd (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R), Evan Voliva (0.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R) and Kirk Morgan (1.1 IP, 1 H) also worked out of the bullpen for the Pirates. Mitch Patishall (0-3) suffered the loss allowing a run (earned) on three hits with three free passes and one strikeout over 4-plus innings. Starter A.J. Olasz went two innings giving up five runs (all earned) on five hits. David Orndorff (2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R) and Dalton Lehnen (0.1 IP) made appearances in relief. The Pirates recorded 12 hits getting multiple base knocks from Hunter Allen, Luke Lowery, Reid Love and Travis Watkins. In all, eight different players registered at least one hit. Harman drove in a team-high three runs, while Yorgen added two. Ian Happ and Manny Rodriguez each collected three hits for the Bearcats in their 14-hit outing. Treg Haberkorn, Woody Wallace and Devin Wenzel each chipped in with two. Happ, R.J. Thompson and Wenzel recorded six of Cincinnati’s seven RBI.
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