ECU Bats Come Alive Late to Beat Monmouth

East Carolina missed opportunities to score runs early, but later cashed in to earn a 5-2 victory over Monmouth.

For the second straight game East Carolina (13-6) went into the eighth inning in a tie ball game. Again, the Pirates would break the tie, this time from Parker Lamm. ECU scored three runs in the eighth to win 5-2.

Lamm had a tremendous game for the Pirates. Driving in the go ahead run in the eighth, Lamm finished 4-4 in the game. He also went around to score in the seventh inning after being knocked in by Eric Tyler.

The Pirates third baseman drove in the first two runs of the game. Both RBI came off singles in third and seventh innings. The top of the lineup drove in all five runs including Travis Watkins and Charlie Yorgen, although the offensive production did not come till late in the game.

“We’re playing great defense and our pitching is helping out, said Lamm. “We need to pick it up a little bit offensively, but when it comes time to score runs and get it done, we’ve been getting it done in the late innings.”

Jacob Wolfe pitched his fifth quality game this season in five starts. Wolfe was in control the entire game pitching seven scoreless frames and striking out seven batters.

Monmouth (6-11) starting pitcher Ciavarella also pitched well. In six innings the lefty allowed only one unearned run on eight hits. Brian Hoffman received the loss for the Hawks after allowing two runs in the eighth.

Chris Holba came in to relieve Wolfe, but only faced two batters. The right-hander gave up back-to-back singles, both scoring in that inning. Jimmy Boyd tried to clean up Holba’s mess but was unable to do so, as Monmouth tied the game in the eighth. Boyd pitched in the ninth inning and had two strikeouts in the inning to close the game.

“He [Godwin] gave me a heads up last night to be ready if I was called,” said Boyd. “So when he told me to get down to the pen to be ready, I did a little sprint job and was a little rushed.”

ECU had the bases loaded in the third and fourth innings, but only came away with one run. The Pirates missed opportunities did not hurt them, scoring runs late in the game.

 “I don’t know what it is about this group, but they want to get challenged every single day and let somebody tie it up or be behind,” said head coach Cliff Godwin. 

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