ECU Comes Up Short

East Carolina had a chance to win the game in the ninth, but came up empty and lost 8-7 to Elon in the tenth inning.

Tied at seven in the ninth inning, East Carolina had the bases loaded with one out. Parker Lamm then hit a ball to shallow right and head coach Cliff Godwin sent Garrett Brooks home. Brooks would get tagged out at the plate. Elon scored a run in extras and beat the Pirates 8-7.

The Pirates went back and forth with Elon matching countering each other offensively. In the sixth inning Elon scored three runs to take a 7-4 lead. ECU answered with three runs of its own but that would be it for the Pirates.

Denny Brady got the start for ECU, going 2.2 innings and allowing two earned runs. The bullpen also did not have much success. Four pitchers in the bullpen combined for eight runs allowed, six earned, with Durazo allowing three of the six earned runs.

Sophomore Joe Ingle pitched three innings, which is a career high, for the Pirates. He came out clean in the first two innings, not giving up a hit. In the tenth inning, Ingle loaded the bases for Kyle Jackson.

Coming into the game Jackson was batting .500 and has six home runs on the season, which is second in the nation. Jackson ripped the first pitch from Ingle through the first and second baseman with bases loaded in the tenth, which gave Elon the game-winning run.

The heart of the lineup was on deck for the Pirates in the tenth. Charlie Yorgen led the inning for the Pirates and got on base thanks to an error by Elon second baseman Brett Guba. Catcher Travis Watkins stepped to the plate next and already drove in two runs on three hits. Watkins failed to advance the runner as he flied out to right. Bryce Harman and Eric Tyler both struck out the finish the game.

Harman struck out in four of his five plate appearances and only reached base due to a walk. Tyler drove in two runs in the fifth inning, but that was his only hit. Jeff Nelson had three hits, twice for a double and scored three times.

For Elon, Tyler McVicar and Danny Lynch had three runs batted in each. Jackson’s game- winning RBI was his only hit of the game

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