ECU Defense Struggles in Loss

Errors and the inability to drive in runs led to a 5-2 victory for Tennessee in Clark-LeClair Stadium.

East Carolina starting pitcher Jacob Wolfe has not allowed an earned run in his first two games this season. Tennessee jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the first and that would be enough for the victory. ECU only put two runs on the board and lost 5-2 day two of the Keith LeClair Classic.

The first play of the game resulted in an error by second baseman Charlie Yorgen. That was the first of four errors for the Pirates and the first of two in the inning. Two singles later and the Volunteers would get its first run of the game. Tennessee would end up putting three runs on the board in the first.

It took the Pirates seven innings to get its first two runs. Eric Tyler scored Yorgen and Turner Brown to cut Tennessee’s lead to two. ECU had chances before that, getting the bases loaded twice with one out, but did not capitalize. The Pirates were shut down in the eighth and ninth, with not hits or runs.

Wolfe went seven innings, even after allowing three first inning runs. He gave up seven hits and struck out two on 79 pitches.

“We didn’t do enough defensively or offensively,” said head coach Cliff Godwin. “Jacob Wolfe pitched well but we had bases loaded twice with one out and didn’t get anything to show for it.”

The Volunteers’ left handed starter Zach Warren gave the Pirates trouble all game. Warren went into the sixth inning, striking out seven batters and allowed two runs. The Pirates made good contact with the sophomore starting pitcher, but not consistently.

He was mixing up pretty well,” said centerfielder Parker Lamm. “He was wprking off his fastball more. I don’t think we were ready for the fastball. Usually with a guy like that you want to try and go right-center but he was coming in and out on you. He was switching it up pretty well.”

Tennessee’s defense had no problem. The Volunteers only had one error and continued to make difficult plays throughout the game. Third baseman Nick Senzel especially was terrific defensively for Tennessee.

Senzel also delivered offensively. In four plate appearances the third baseman had three hits and scored all three times. He also stole two bases and had a run batted in.

“I mean, swinging the bat, defensively, he’s one of the best third baseman in the country. So he’s going to make himself a lot of money,” said Godwin. 

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