ECU Baseball Trio Named Valley League All-Stars

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The trio of Nick Barber, Davis Kirkpatrick and Jake Washer have been named 2017 Valley Baseball League All-Stars according to an announcement by the league Monday evening. The event will be held on Sunday, July 9 at James Madison University’s Veterans Memorial Park with a first pitch slated for 7:30 p.m. (ET).   Barber, who plays for the New Market Rebels, is currently batting .309 (25-for-81) on the season with two home runs, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored. The Apopka, Fla., native has appeared in 22 games adding four doubles, one triple, 12 walks and has stolen seven bases.   Joining Barber on the North roster is fellow teammate Jake Washer…

No. 24 USF COMPLETES SERIES SWEEP OF ECU, 6-3

TAMPA, Fla. – No. 24 USF scored five runs in the first inning and held on to complete the American Athletic Conference series sweep of East Carolina, 6-3, Sunday afternoon at the USF Baseball Stadium. With the win, the Bulls improve to 37-10 overall and 12-6 in league play while the Pirates fall to 24-24 and 4-14.   Peter Strzelecki (2-2) picked up the win allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk in a career-high 8.1 innings. Andrew Perez notched his seventh save of the season working two-thirds of an innings with one hit.   Jake Agnos (2-3) took the loss surrendering six runs (all earned) on nine…

UNC Board Of Governors Approve Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Renovation Project  

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The South Side Renovation Project for East Carolina University’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium was officially approved by the UNC Board of Governors Friday, which marks the passing of another critical milestone in the facility’s future development.   Prior to approval by the Board of Governors, the project received an unanimous vote from the Budget and Finance Committee on Thursday.   “I’m pleased to be in a position to share this exciting news,” ECU Director of Athletics Jeff Compher said. “We’re very thankful to the Board of Governors and to our Pirate Club members for their generosity and leadership.”   Compher indicated that philanthropic giving pledges currently stand at $14,098,900 and premium seating pledges…

Head Football Coach Scottie Montgomery Discusses The Upcoming USF Game COACH MONTGOMERY’S WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES  

GREENVILLE, N.C. – First-year East Carolina University Head Football Coach Scottie Montgomery addressed members of the media on Monday prior to this Saturday’s road game at USF. The following are selected comments:   Opening Statement: “I give a lot of credit to UCF for winning the football game. I felt like our defense got off to a really good start, but unfortunately, our offense did not. Once we did get the momentum, it was quickly shifted by a special teams kickoff return for a touchdown. Actually, both times we grabbed the momentum, UCF responded with a touchdown or a major play in the game. As I looked at the numbers after the game, I was…

ECU WRAPS UP FALL CAMP IN GREENVILLE

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina returned to Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice complex for a one-hour practice Friday morning wearing helmets and shorts. Originally scheduled for an afternoon session, first-year head coach Scottie Montgomery elected to move the workout to an earlier time due to the forecast of inclement weather later in the day.   “Today was all about fine-tuning all phases of the game,” Montgomery said. “It was a lot of situational work, end of the game work and two-point plays – all those things you have to be good at with a couple of weeks away from the first game. We are right on schedule with that and it was a…

ECU Conducts Second Workout At Hight Field

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Twenty-four hours after conducting its first official fall practice, East Carolina returned to Hight Field inside the Cliff Moore Practice Complex Friday afternoon for a two-and-half hour workout.   The Pirates spent the period in shorts and helmets, which they will do again Saturday afternoon before transitioning into the next stage of their preparation by putting on shoulder pads Sunday.   “Great day of effort and work out on the field,” said first-year head coach Scottie Montgomery. “Our defense came out with a chip on their shoulders after yesterday’s practice and won the day. The pace of practice has been hard on some of the guys, but the senior leadership has pulled…

ECU-BRYANT REGIONAL GAME MOVED TO 4 P.M. START DUE TO WEATHER

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – East Carolina’s opening round game against Bryant in the Charlottesville Regional has been moved up to a 4 p.m. (ET) start due to potential inclement weather in the area Friday night. NCAA officials also announced that host Virginia’s contest against Williams & Mary has been moved to an 11 a.m. (ET) start time.   Pirate fans interested in purchasing tickets for the regional Charlottesville can go online now to buy through Virginia’s ticket office. All-session reserved tickets are available for $60, while all-session general admission tickets are currently on sale for $45. All seating in the grandstands, the bleachers along the first-baseline and the left- and right-field bleachers will be reserved. General…

No. 7 USF DEFEATS No. 2 ECU 4-2 IN AMERICAN BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Seventh-seeded USF scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning and held on for a 4-2 win over No. 2 seed East Carolina during first round action at the 2016 American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship Wednesday at Bright House Field.   With the win, USF (24-31) moves on in the winner’s bracket and will play Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. (ET) against the No. 3 UConn or No. 6 Memphis. East Carolina (34-20-1) will face the UConn-Memphis loser in an elimination game on Thursday at 11 a.m. (ET).   In the top of the ninth, the Bulls broke a two-all tie after scoring a pair of runs…

No. 20 UNC COMPLETES SERIES SWEEP WITH 9-1 WIN

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 20 North Carolina scored five runs in the sixth inning and cruised to a 9-1 win over No. 21 East Carolina Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium in non-conference action. With the win the Tar Heels improve to 31-17 on the season, while the Pirates fall to 30-17-1. A.J. Bogucki (4-5) picked up the win tossing 4.1 scoreless innings of relief where he allowed three hits, walked three and struck out one. Starter Hunter Williams scattered a pair of hits with a walk and one strikeout in two innings, while Spencer Trayner (1.2 IP, 0 Rs) and Taylor Sugg (1.0 IP, 1 R) worked the final 2.2 innings. Davis Kirkpatrick (0-3)…

Ecu Beat Ncstate 15-3 at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium

GREENVILLE, N.C. – A trio of Pirates in Turner Brown, Bryce Harman and Zack Mozingo each belted home runs lifting No. 20 East Carolina to a 15-3 win over instate rival No. 8 NC State Tuesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Pirates improve to 24-12, while the Wolfpack drops to 26-11.   Nick Durazo (1-0) picked up the win on a pitch count tossing 3.1 scoreless frames where he allowed one hit, walked four and struck out two. Chris Holba notched his first career save working three innings of relief where he surrendered one run (earned) on one hit with a pair of walks and one strikeout. Matt Bridges…