Pitching Leads ECU to Win Over Jacksonville

Evan Kruczynski and Joe Ingle combined to shut down Jacksonville and lead the Pirates to a 6-3 win.

 Zach Mozingo had three hits on the night and drove in a run in the sixth. That run gave the Pirates a 4-3 lead, which gave the Pirates the lead for good. East Carolina tacked on two more runs for a 6-3 victory.

Jacksonville took the lead early in the first as JJ Gould took ECU starting pitcher Evan Kruczynski deep in the first. Kruczynski then settled in and pitched into the eighth inning. After completing seven and a third innings, he had seven strikeouts and allowed three runs on eight hits. Joe Ingle came in to pitch and worked out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth.  Ingle closed the game in the ninth recording his fourth save of the season.

“He’s and adrenaline junkie,” said head coach Cliff Godwin. “He needs to walk a guy before he can get settled in. It’s never easy but he has a knack of getting his way out of it.”

The Pirates answered in the second inning to tie the game at one a piece. Bryce Harman, who has struggled so far this season, hit a towering two-run home run to right field to break the tie. Zach Mozingo also drove in two runs in the game, adding an insurance run in the seventh inning.

“Bryce swung that bat well on Tuesday, so did Zach, and obviously they both swung the bat well tonight. Obviously we’re a different lineup when the swing the bat well. Facing right handed pitching to get both of those guys in will be a plus,” said Godwin

The Dolphins had equaled ECU’s hit total with eight hits, but only drove in three runs. Julylia and Parker Perez knocked in two runs in the fifth to tie the game at three, but that would be it for Jacksonville. After hitting a home run in the first inning, Gould struck out in his final two at-bats.

ECU had two errors in the game, but the hitting and pitching seemed to come together. The Pirates capitalized on scoring opportunities and the duo of Kruczynski and Ingle shut down the Dolphins.

“Definitely better overall then Tuesday night,” said Godwin. “I thought [Kruczynski] was tremendous with the way the wind was blowing. We made a couple errors. One was [Kruczynski's] error on the pick-off throw and it wasn’t even his best move. So we need to clean up those up.”

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