No. 17 ECU Claims Series With 5-2 Win Over Monmouth

GREENVILLE, N.C. (ECU Media Relations)  – Parker Lamm collected a career-high four hits and drove in the game-winning run, while Jacob Wolfe tossed seven scoreless innings in No. 17 East Carolina’s 5-2 series clinching win over Monmouth Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the win the Pirates improve to 13-6 on the year, while the Hawks fall to 6-11.

Jimmy Boyd (2-1) picked up the win in relief allowing one hit with a walk and two strikeouts in two scoreless frames. Starter Jacob Wolfe was solid in his outing scattering five hits, while allowing two walks and fanning seven in his fourth quality start of the season (13th career). Chris Holba appeared in his seventh game this season (sixth in relief) giving up a pair of runs (both earned) on two hits without recording an out.

Ben Hoffman (0-2) took the loss surrendering a pair of runs (both earned) on one hit with a walk in one-third of an inning. Anthony Ciavarella allowed one run (unearned) on eight hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts in six innings. Tyler Ksiazek (1.0 IP, 1 R) and Mike Brambilla (0.2 IP, 1 R) combined to work 1.2 innings out of the bullpen for the Hawks.

Lamm spearheaded the Pirates offensive 13-hit attack going 4-for-4 with a run and RBI. Eric Tyler collected a pair of hits and drove in two, while Travis Watkins and Charlie Yorgen each had an RBI. Eight of ECU’s starting nine had at least one hit in the contest.

Robbie Alessandrine and Pete Papcun each had two base knocks for the Hawks, while Shaine Hughes and Papcun drove in a run.

How It Happened:

ECU broke a two-all tie in the bottom of the eighth frame scoring three runs on a pair of hits and three walks to record its sixth-straight win in the series. Brooks led off with a single to left and moved to second on Turner Brown’s sac bunt. Jeff Nelson and Bryce Harman drew consecutive walks to load the bases for Lamm, who singled to left plating Brooks for the eventual game-winning run. Yorgen kept the inning going with a one-out bases loaded walk that pushed across Nelson and Harman scored on Watkins’ sac fly to cap the scoring at 5-2.

Tyler’s RBI single in the third gave the Pirates an early 1-0 lead, marking the tenth time this season they scored first. Nelson and Kirk Morgan recorded consecutive base hits to start the stanza and Lamm loaded the bases when he reached on an error. Yorgen stepped to the plate and reached on a fielder’s choice where Nelson was thrown out at the plate. Watkins followed by flying out to right field and Tyler pushed across Morgan for the games first run.

ECU added another run in the seventh when Tyler drove in Lamm with an infield single. Lamm picked up his third hit of the contest with a shot back up the middle to get things going and took third on Watkins’ one-out base knock to center. Tyler collected his team-leading fourth multi-RBI game of the season (11th career) with a high chopper just behind the pitcher and in front of the shortstop easily plating Lamm.

Monmouth finally broke through in the top of the eighth scoring a pair of runs and tying the game at two-all. Alessandrine and Grant Lamberton reached on consecutive base hits off of Holba before ECU went to the bullpen bringing in Boyd for his first relief appearance of the season. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Alessandrine crossed home on Hughes RBI groundout to second. Two batters later, Papcun doubled down the left field line scoring Lamberton.

Game Notes:

For the second-straight game, ECU pounded out double-digit hits pushing its season total to 11 where the Pirates own a 9-2 record … All of ECU’s hits in the game were singles … Watkins extended his hit streak to nine games with his single in the seventh and has recorded at least one base knock in 17 of 18 games … Lamm pushed his on base streak to 18 games and has at least one hit in 17 of 18 contests … Yorgen has reached base safely in 11-straight contests … ECU has recorded 36 two-out RBI on the season – Watkins leads the club with six, followed by Bolka, Brown and Tyler all at five … The Pirates improved to 21-3 in the all-time series against the Hawks.

Up Next:

ECU will look to complete the sweep when the two teams meet Sunday, Mar. 20 at 1 p.m. (ET).

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