Bryce Harman and Charlie Yorgen each hit home runs and Jacob Wolfe scattered a pair of runs over seven innings lifting East Carolina to an American Athletic Conference series clinching 5-2 win over UConn Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the win the Pirates improve to 31-18 on the season and 11-7, while the Huskies fall to 29-10, 8-10 in league play.
Jacob Wolfe (4-1) worked seven solid frames allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits with five walks and one strikeout. The left-hander retired the side in order in four frames with three coming after a two-run second inning. Joe Ingle notched his third save of the season tossing two scores less frames with three strikeouts and a walk.
Jordan Tabakman (2-4) took the loss surrendering three runs (all earned) on four hits with three strikeouts and a walk in five innings. Nico Darras gave up a run (unearned) on four hits in one inning of relief and Patrick Ruotolo allowed a run (earned) on two hits with a pair of strikeouts in two innings out of the pen.
ECU 10-hit outburst on the afternoon was led by Hunter Allen’s second-straight three-hit contest. Travis Watkins and Yorgen each added a pair, while five different players scored runs. Yorgen led the club with a pair of RBI coming on his two-run homer in the first inning.
Blake Davey, Aaron Hill and Jon Testani each collected hits, while Joe Deroche-Duffin and Max McDowell drove in runs.
Following exams, ECU will be back in action on Friday, May 8th when it travels to Houston for a three-game series between the co-conference leaders … Friday’s game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) first pitch followed by Saturday’s game at 5 p.m. (ET), which will be nationally televised on CBS College Sports Network. The final game of the series will be played Sunday, May 10 at 1 p.m. (ET).
How It Happened:
Yorgen staked ECU to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning belting his third home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field wall. Allen led off the game with a single back up the middle that knocked Tabakman off the mound and came around to score on Yorgen’s homer.
UConn answered ECU’s two-runs with a pair of its own in the top half of the second inning. Three-straight Huskies reached base to start the inning on Davey’s single and consecutive walks by McDowell and Deroche-Duff. Willy Yahn followed by reaching on a fielder’s choice where Kirk Morgan threw out Davey at the plate. Hill stepped to the plate lacing a two-RBI single to left knotting the game at two-all.
Harman broke the tie in the bottom of the second inning smacking his third home run of the season (second of the series) sending a one-out first pitch offering down the right field line giving ECU a 3-2 lead.
The Pirates scored a run in the sixth on Watkins’ RBI single that plated Reid Love and another run in the eighth on Eric Tyler’s sac fly pushing across Watkins to cap the scoring at 5-2.
Game Notes/ Inside the Box Score:
ECU and UConn have played six game this season with the Pirates winning four (two on road and two at home) … Both teams managed just one two-out hit with the Pirates pushing their season total to 144 … Each club left seven runners on base … The Pirates leadoff batter reached base five times, while the Huskies reached just twice … ECU advanced runners at a 50.0 clip (9-for-18), while UConn moved runners around the bases in 6 of 13 at-bats (46.2 percent) … Allen collected his second-straight three-hit game pushing his season multi-hit game total to 13 … Yorgen’s two-hit game was his team-leading 15th of the season, while Watkins’s multiple hits was his 14th of the year … Yorgen’s two-RBI was his fifth multi-RBI game of the season … Harman’s solo blast in the second marked consecutive games he has hit a home run … Wolfe tallied his ninth consecutive start working into the fifth inning and recorded his seventh quality start … The Pirates turned a pair of double plays (second and fourth innings) increasing its season total to 51, which ranks in the Top-5 nationally … ECU has won eight of its last 10 games (11 of 15).