Eric Tyler’s team leading third home run gave East Carolina a 3-0 lead in the first. Tyler went on to record finished a single-game school record eight RBI. That would be enough as the pitching staff shutout Jacksonville. The Pirates tacked on five more runs and cruised to a. 13-0 victory.
Tyler’s monster game started in the first inning with the three-run homer to left field. His fourth RBI came in the fifth inning with a sac fly to left that scored Charlie Yorgen. Then Tyler’s grand slam in the eighth gave him the school record and his fourth homer of the season.
“It’s incredible,” said Tyler. “It’s even better that it came in a series clinching win and I’m just proud of the approaches we took offensively today.”
The Pirates did not record a multi-homer game all season. This game Tyler had two home runs and Garrett Brooks also smacked a home run to left field in the fifth. Brooks had three RBI which tied for his career high.
ECU starting pitcher Jimmy Boyd cruised in his fifth start of the season. In seven innings Boyd allowed only four hits and no runs. With two outs in the fourth, Boyd found himself in a jam after Jacksonville loaded the bases after a couple errors by the Pirates. Godwin then visited the mound and Boyd escaped the bases loaded jam. Chris Holba and Denny Brady pitched the eighth and ninth for the Pirates.
“I was comfortable,” said Boyd. “I was just settling in. Coach Roszel talks to us all the time about how we approach every batter and how we’re going to go at things. I just kind of stuck with our game plan.”
Travis Watkins had three hits in the game and went around to score three times. Dwanya Williams-Sutton had two hits in three plate appearances, with a double in the fourth. ECU had a total of 13 hits in the game compared to Jacksonville’s five.
The Dolphins starting pitcher Spencer Stockton lasted only four innings and allowed five earned runs. The bullpen had little success giving up eight more runs.
The 13 runs scored by the Pirates is the highest scoring total so far this season and the shutout the second of the season. But that was overshadowed by Tyler’s record-setting performance.
“It couldn’t happen to a better person,” said Godwin. “I’m proud that his name is going to be in the record book because he does things the right way on and off the field. Works hard every day, so I’m really happy for him.”