Today's matinee affair against La Salle was the final act in this weekend trilogy, Sweep, that was warmly embraced by all Pirate fans.
it all started on Friday, when ECU played their home opener in front of 4,003 anxious and excited Pirate faithful. Coming into the season, the expectations for ECU were clearly higher than previous years because of their success last year. Though the sweep at the hands of Ole Miss last weekend was an inauspicious way to start the season, these past four games ECU is displaying dominating performances.
The game on Friday proved to be a back-and-forth bout that saw both teams owning the lead at one point. However, In a clutch pinch-hit situation in the seventh inning, Wesley Phillips singled to right field, bringing around Spencer Brickhouse to score the go ahead run. Phillips' RBI gave the Pirates a 3-2 lead. The eighth inning was when the bats really came out, as a series of hits culminated to extend the Pirates' lead to 7-3. Those four runs would be the last of the evening, and ECU took the first game 7-3.
Joe Ingles pitched two perfect innings of relief, thus earning him the win. ECU's starter that day was Evan Kruczynski, who worked through five innings, striking out seven and giving up three runs. Evan Voliva and Matt Bridges both tossed scoreless innings a piece as well.
Saturday afternoon was another demonstration of the power that lies within ECU's lineup. Things escalated early as Luke Bolka hit a grand slam to right center extending ECU's lead to 5-0. Earning the win was Jacob Wolfe, who went 5.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, and 2 K.
The series finale happened earlier today with the first pitch being thrown at 12:59. If there ever was a situation that perfectly personifies the saying "sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield" it would have been today-with ECU being the windshield and La Salle playing the part of the bug.
When things went bad for La Salle, they went incredibly bad. In the first inning alone, ECU garnered 13 batters at the plate and generated eight runs on two hits. La Salle's starting pitcher Mike Anthony could not stop the bleeding and was pulled before the first inning ended, lasting only two-thirds of an inning.
The PIrates tacked on two more runs in the third, courtesy of a La Salle fielding error. By the end of the day, ECU put up a 12 spot, however La Salle did salvage a run to avoid the shutout.
At any rate, today's win marked the first three home wins as well as the first sweep of the season for the PIrates. Truly an ideal weekend for Pirate baseball and its fans.