GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina third-year head coach Cliff Godwin officially opened fall practice Thursday as the Pirates held its annual Scout Day at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Pirates, who began individual workouts in late August, conducted a six-inning scrimmage in front of nearly 20 Major League Baseball scouts that lasted just over two-hours. Hunter Hood, Joe Ingle, Davis Kirkpatrick, Evan Kruczynski, Evan Voliva and Jacob Wolfe all toed the rubber pitching two innings on the day. Kruczynski and Wolfe started the afternoon each tossing two shutout innings allowing a combined three hits.
Ingle surrendered three runs (all earned) on two hits in two frames, while Kirkpatrick gave up a pair of runs on three base knocks. Hood, a transfer from Wallace CC-Dothan, retired 6 of 7 batters he faced allowing a solo home run to Kirk Morgan to start the fifth frame. Voliva sat all six of his batters down in order getting three fly outs, two ground outs and one strikeout.
Offensively, four of the Pirates six runs came via the long ball. Bryce Harman belted a two-run homer staking the Gold team to a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Tyler Edwards followed with a solo shot down the left field line pushing the lead to 3-0.
Purple answered Gold with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third frame pulling within one, 3-2. Eric Tyler laced an RBI double to left center scoring Nick Barber from second, while Luke Bolka’s base hit plated Charlie Yorgen.
Morgan’s solo homer off Hood to start the fifth frame pushed Gold’s lead to 4-2.
The Pirates will scrimmage every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Clark-LeClair Stadium leading up to their annual Purple & Gold World Series, which will be held Nov. 4-6 (times to be determined) and is free of charge to the fans.