Game 1 | Game 2
CINCINNATI, Ohio (ECU) – Cincinnati scored two runs due to a mistake in tenth place, giving the Bearcats a double-header split with a 7-6 win over East Carolina No. 11 on Friday night at UC Stadium in American action Athletic Conference brought.
With the split, the Pirates drop to 24-11 overall and 16-6 in league play, while the Bearcats improve to 25-22 and 14-12.
The 6: 5 deficit on the tenth Wyatt Stapp’s home half was put in second place due to the league’s additional inning rule. Ryan Nicholson pushed him into third place on a flyout along the left field line in a lazy area, which was first. Griffin Merritt reached first and cornered runners when he was hit by bad luck. After defeating Joe Powell for the second time, Cam Colmore brought Cole Harting to second place, but Connor Norby struggled with the floor ball and toppled the first baseman, leaving two runs to score, including the game winner at Merritt.
Dean McCarthy (4-3) took the win by giving up two runs (both undeserved) without a hit with a walk and five punch-outs in four innings. Stater Zach Segal allowed four runs (all earned) with 11 hits with a strikeout in six frames.
Colmore (5-1) suffered the loss of relief that allowed two runs (both undeserved) on a hit with two strokes in 1.2 innings. Starter Tyler Smith gave up three runs (all deserved) on two with three walks and a strikeout in 2.1 innings. Between Smith and Colmore, the pirates used six bullpen arms to capture appearances by Matt Bridges (1.2 IP, 2 BB, 1 K), Josh Grosz (0.1 IP, 2 Rs) and CJ Mayhue (1.2 IP , 2 Hs, 2) get Ks), AJ Wilson (1.0 IP, 2 Ks), Landon Ginn (0.1 IP, 2 BBs) and Danny Beal (0.2 IP).
Ryder Giles gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the second inning. With two away games and Bryson Worrell first, Ben Newton was hit by a Segal pitch and Giles followed with an RBI single-to-left field.
Cincinnati responded by three in the home half of the third, taking their first lead of the series 3-1. Eric Santiago started the stance with a single to the left center and finished second when Paul Komistek was hit by a pitch.
Josh Moylan’s doubles with two RBIs in the fifth highlighted the Pirates’ triple verse 4-3. Ben Newton doubled up to get things going, moving up to third on Giles’ sack of Bunt before hitting on a wild field. Norby followed with a double on the right field line and Thomas Francisco’s single-put runner in the infield on the corners. Moylan made a full count offer to clear the bases in the center right.
But the Bearcats responded with two runs at the end of the fifth run and regained the lead 5: 4. Joey Bellini played on the left and Eric Santiago took a walk to put Grosz out of the game. Mayhue got Paul Komistek to fly out of the inning to left field for the second time. After Stapp took another walk to load the bases, Ryan Nicholson singled Bellini and Santiago home.
Garrett Chandler finished the game in ninth with five points when he scored a pass. Newton started the verse with a stroll and was named a prize runner for Chandler. After another sack from Giles that put Chandler in second place, he finished third in a wild field before heading home on Powell’s Miscue behind the plate.
ECU took a 6-5 lead in the 10th when Jacob Starling scored a goal in a suicide squeeze game with Alec Makarewicz. Starling started the inning second and finished third on Seth Caddell’s fly-by into the middle before shooting home during Makarewicz’s bat.
The Pirates defeated the Bearcats 11-6 in the game and received multiple hits from Giles, Moylan, Newton and Norby, expanding its base streak to 52 consecutive games. The dagger for ECU in the competition was that the pitching team spent nine steps and hit four batters for a total of 13 vacant bases.
Game One Recap
The East Carolina offensive hit 12 hits and drove Garrett Schoenle out of the game after two innings when the Pirates played the first game of doubleheader 8-4 at UC Stadium.
After the game was tied to two, ECU put up five runs with five hits and a Bearcat mistake that took them 7-2 in the second frame and never looked back. Lane Hoover kicked things off with a brightly colored single to start the verse, and Moylan made a mistake while cornering the runners. After Ryley Johnson moved up to second place and Moylan moved up to second place, Giles was able to slip two runs in the middle. Norby followed with an RBI single in the middle that Giles crossed for the third time. Francisco kept the inning going with his second goal of the game, a shot into right field, and after stealing second base, Seth Caddell landed on Norby’s second goal. Worrell’s brace on the left field line enabled Francisco to cross the frame.
Gavin Williams (8-0) took the win and allowed two runs (both deserved) with five hits with a walk and eight spikes for his fifth start to the season. Jake Kuchmaner made his first relief appearance since the 2019 Greenville Regional Championship Game with two innings, giving up two runs (both earned) on one hit with a walk and a punch-out. Garrett Saylor (0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) and Colmore (0.1 IP, 1 K) worked on the ninth inning, securing their 12th consecutive opening win.
Schönle (5-3) suffered the loss after touching seven runs (four of which earned) with seven hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings. Max Bergmann worked a career-best six innings of relief where he only gave up one run (earned) on five hits with a strikeout. Conner Linn threw a perfect ninth place in one fell swoop.
ECU wasted little time scoring two runs for an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Norby left to open the frame, and Francisco followed with an infield single. After a double steal, both runners moved into the goal position and two batters, the latter, Agnos, separated both runners in the middle.
Cincinnati finished the game in twos in the home half of the first frame. Mercer reached after being hit by bad luck and came over to score on Santiago’s double left center. Komistek followed to the left with an RBI field that slightly overshot Santiago.
Caddell shot his 13th home run as team leader with a solo shot on the left field in the fourth inning and extended ECU’s lead to six (8: 2).
Cincinnati would get two runs on move nine within four, 8-4, but Colmore had the bases loaded when he beat Cole Harting to end the competition.
All nine starting pirates scored at least one hit, with Francisco, Norby, and Worrell each registering a pair. Agnos and Caddell each beat a run, while Francisco and Norby scored two goals in the game.
The pirates and bear cats will continue the series with four games on Saturday, May 15. First seat is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET and will be streamed on ESPN +.
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