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Pirates are No. 8 seed for tourney

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Chris Holba pitches against Campbell in Greenville on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

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The Daily Reflector

Friday, May 19, 2017

East Carolina baseball’s 6-4 loss at Connecticut on Friday afternoon ensured that the Pirates will finish last in the American Athletic Conference and have the No. 8 seed for next week’s AAC tournament in Clearwater, Fla.

ECU (28-27, 6-17 American) will play the No. 1 seed Tuesday at 7 p.m.

UConn (31-22, 14-9) is still jockeying for position near the top of the conference standings, and that will continue throughout Saturday. The series finale between the Huskies and Pirates is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch.

The Pirates did not stick with their usual pitching rotation for the second straight day, having previously-injured Chris Holba make the start Saturday and he gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits in two innings.

Usual Sunday starter Jake Agnos tossed an inning in relief and yielded three runs on three hits.

Travis Watkins went 3-for-3 for ECU and was involved in the Pirates scoring three runs in the top of the eighth in unusual fashion. He drew a bases-loaded walk, as did Andrew Henrickson, and Bryce Harman was hit by a pitch to plate a third run in the inning for a 6-4 deficit.

Charlie Yorgen complemented Watkins with a 2-for-4 outing.

The hosts led 3-0 when Alex LeFevre hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third off Agnos for a 5-0 advantage. UConn scored twice in the first inning.

South Florida entered Friday night barely in the lead for the top spot for the conference crown, which will go to either USF, UConn, Central Florida or Houston. The Pirates will play whoever emerges on Tuesday, with senior Evan Kruczynski rested and slated to pitch.

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