The ECU baseball team failed to pull off the sweep of the University of Memphis during their final game of the series on Saturday. Regardless, the Pirates still won the series, beating the Tigers in two of three total games.
By closing out a three game series against Wichita State University (26-29, 9-15 AAC) and defeating Campbell University (32-19, 19-7 Big South), ECU (42-13, 20-4 AAC) was on a two game win streak headed into the series with Memphis (27-26, 10-14 AAC).
With a stellar home record of 22-4 before the series began, the Pirates were riding a walk off bunt victory against Campbell on Tuesday night. Riding this momentum from their dramatic victory at home, they carried this confidence into the next home series against the Tigers, and won two out of three games.
In the first game of the series, junior pitcher Jake Agnos was on a hot streak, setting the American Athletic Conference and ECU school record for strikeouts in a single season. Agnos struck out 10 batters through five scoreless innings and helped lead the Pirates to their 19-10 win.
This stellar performance by Agnos helped the Pirates defensively, while redshirt junior catcher Jake Washer lead the team on offense. Washer batted 3-4, hitting in four runs and scoring three times.
In the third inning, the Pirates had a dominant showing, as they scored nine runs on four total hits, which made the score 13-0. This was pivotal in the Pirates’ victory, as Memphis failed to come back, with a final score of 19-10.
Freshman infielder Thomas Francisco was an offensive stand out during the second game of the series. For the first time in his career, Francisco had three hits in a single game, hitting 3-4 and batting in one Pirate to score.
Just like the first game in the series, ECU scored first. Junior first baseman Spencer Brickhouse singled to reach first base, and was eventually batted in to score. This was Brickhouse’s 31st consecutive game he has gotten on base.The last time he did not get on base during a game was on March 24th against University of Central Florida (34-20, 11-13 AAC).
After going up 2-0, Memphis rallied back to tie it up at 2 in the 4th inning. Afterwords, senior infielder Brady Lloyd hit an RBI single to score senior infielder Turner Brown. Two batters went by, then freshman infielder Ryder Giles hit in Francisco to put the Pirates up 4-2.
This successful inning was followed by both team scoring a run, making the game’s final score 5-3, an outing where six total ECU players got a hit.
The final game of the series was played on Saturday. Unlike the first two games in the series, the Tigers scored first, going up 3-0 on the Pirates in the first inning.
The Pirates scored in the second and third innings, making the score 4-3 with Memphis still maintaining a one run lead. Later, sophomore pitcher Alec Burleson hit two home runs and Giles followed with his first career home run as well.
This made it a 10-8 ball game with ECU trailing by two. Packard’s RBI single put the game within one run, and advanced Dusty Baker to third. With Packard on second, Lloyd attempted to hit both of his teammates in, but unfortunately grounded out, ending the ballgame. Memphis defeated the Pirates with a final score of 10-9.
The Pirates will begin their postseason as they will play as the No. 1 seed in the AAC tournament, in Clearwater, Florida. The first round began on yesterday where ECU played No. 8 seeded Wichita State.