Purdue (4-1) knocked off the Pirates (5-1) by a score of 6-4 in the tournament opener for both teams.
The Pirates overcame an early deficit by plating three runs in the sixth against Western Carolina later in the afternoon en route to a 3-1 victory.
Here's more insight into today's games...
Purdue 6, East Carolina 4
- ECU never led in the ballgame. On two different occasions, the Pirates tied the score. Trailing 2-0 in the first, East Carolina plated a pair of runs to even the score. ECU also knotted the game at three in the third frame.
- East Carolina left runners at second and third in the sixth and ninth frames. It also stranded men at first and second in the eighth.
- Corey Thompson blasted a two-run round tripper in the bottom half of the first. It marked the second consecutive game in which the senior third baseman hit a home run in his initial at-bat. ECU now has nine home runs in six games.
- It was the first loss of the year for the Pirates (5-1).
- John Wooten's hitting streak was snapped at 11 games - a streak that dated back to ECU's opening round contest in last year's Conference USA Tournament.
- ECU recorded 10 base knocks, its fifth consecutive game with double-figures in the hits department.
- Freshman Jeff Hoffman pitched two scoreless innings of relief. The Pirate bullpen has been outstanding thus far in 2012. Including totals from Saturday's games, the 'pen has given up just one run (earned) on nine hits in 21 innings of work (0.43 ERA). ECU relievers have walked eight batters and struck out 21.
- Jay Cannon, Zach Wright and Chase McDonald each recorded multi-hit performances against the Boilermakers.
East Carolina 3, Western Carolina 1
- After a slow start to the 2012 campaign, Zach Wright seemed to bust out of the slump on Saturday. The senior catcher laced a game-winning, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth. Wright had a big day at the plate as he went a combined 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. He also drew two free passes.
- Wooten recorded his first hit of the day with a game-tying single through the left side in the sixth-inning rally.
- Tyler Joyner won his second game in as many appearances with a dominant performance on the mound. The junior lefty gave up one run (earned) on three hits in seven innings while striking out three. He has walked just one batter in 11 2/3 innings in 2012.
- East Carolina had nine base hits. It was the first contest of the season in which the Pirates did not record at least 10 hits. Wright's game-winning double was the only extra-base knock of the game for ECU.
- Thompson and Tim Younger have recorded a hit in every game this season. Thompson (11) and Younger (10) lead ECU in total hits.
- Tanner Merritt continued his impressive work. Merritt pitched a scoreless eighth before handing the ball to Drew Reynolds, who collected his third save of the season. Reynolds also recorded a pinch-hit single in the ninth against Purdue.
- Ninth Annual Keith LeClair Classic Results (through 02/25/12):
Game One: Maryland 3, Western Carolina 0
Game Two: Purdue 6, East Carolina 4
Game Three: East Carolina 3, Western Carolina 1
Game Four: Maryland 11, Purdue 1
- If East Carolina and Purdue secure wins on Sunday, three teams will finish the round-robin tournament with 2-1 records. The Pirates finished 2-1 in the event last year, which included victories against Monmouth and Rutgers. Liberty defeated ECU in the tournament finale.
- Purdue faces Western Carolina tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET before the Pirates hit the diamond against Maryland.
Check out the '10th Inning' tomorrow for more coverage of East Carolina Baseball. The Pirates take on Maryland in the tournament finale (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET).