The No. 9 ranked East Carolina University baseball team bounced back with two home wins against Monmouth University in a doubleheader on Saturday.
The Pirates (5-1) came off their first loss of the season on the road against Campbell University on Wednesday, looking to get back on track with their weekend series against Monmouth (0-5). Game one was originally scheduled to take place on Friday and the second one on Saturday, but was moved because of the inclement weather.
The Hawks had only played three games, which resulted in a three-game series loss against Penn State University, and are now riding a five-game losing streak.
The first game played between the two teams began at 4 p.m. It started off with the Pirates building their lead early on, as they would score runs in both the first and second innings, leading the game 2-0 to start.
Monmouth did not take long to answer, as it would score a run of its own when junior infielder/pitcher Danny Long scored a run off fifth-year outfielder fielder Kyle Norman.
Both schools remained scoreless after that until the bottom seventh when redshirt junior catcher Jake Washer homered to left field to put the Pirates up 3-1. ECU would hold on after that to win 3-1 and go up 1-0 in the three game matchup with the Hawks.
“That was fun, a lot of runs, a lot of strikeouts, but that was fun. Good team wins, it’s easy to play and win when you’re putting up 10 runs, like you can have do a lot as a pitcher, a lot of freedom, get that motivation, so I was trying to get out there and have quick innings,” junior pitcher Jake Agnos said.
The second game, which started 45 minutes after game one, started off slowly for both the Pirates and the Hawks. No one would score until ECU was able to put up four runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Pirates would get five doubles in the inning that resulted in four runs scored and a 4-0 lead going into the fourth.
“It’s good, that’s bringing it together which coach Godwin talked about. Five doubles in a row, as a pitcher you like to see that, it was fun, it was cool,” Agnos said.
Monmouth continued to struggle in the game. The Hawks had no runs and no hits through the first four innings of the game and ECU would score two more runs to take a 6-0 lead going into the fifth inning.
The Pirates were able to get their first homer of the game in the fifth inning, when sophomore catcher Seth Caddell homered to left field to increase the lead to seven. ECU continued its dominance in the seventh and would add two more runs that would help expand its lead to 9-0.
ECU scored one run after that on a wild pitch during the last at bat of the eighth inning, to increase the lead to 10. The Pirates went on to shutout Monmouth in the top of the ninth inning and sweep the doubleheader with a 10-0 victory in game two.
“I wanna thank the fans, the guys that were here,” head coach Cliff Godwin said. “Not great baseball weather so it’s always good to get two wins, we appreciate those guys that were doing the purple gold chant during the second game that was awesome.”
The Pirates will take on Monmouth University for the final game of the three-game weekend series looking to sweep them on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Clark-LeClair Stadium to get their sixth win in the first seven games of the year.