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Inside Saturday's Box Score: East Carolina 2, Stony Brook 1

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East Carolina won its second consecutive one-run contest with a 2-1 triumph over Stony Brook at a rain-soaked Lewis Field on Saturday night.

The Pirates got another strong performance on the mound from junior Tyler Joyner and Philip Clark delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to claim the series win over the Seawolves.

Here's more insight into the victory...

News and Notes

- Joyner had another solid showing giving up one run in 6 1/3 innings. The southpaw walked two while fanning a pair and scattering seven hits. He did not factor in the decision.

- Tanner Merritt picked up the win after entering with one out in the sixth. He escaped a mini-jam and went on to throw 1 2/3 shutout innings while allowing just one hit.

- Drew Reynolds picked up his fifth save of the year after pitching a scoreless ninth. He walked one batter with one out, but responded by retiring the next two batters. Reynolds is now five-for-five in save opportunities.

- East Carolina struck first with a run in the bottom of the first. Jack Reinheimer reached on an error and came around to score on an RBI single from John Wooten.

- Stony Brook tied the game in the third. Kevin Krause delivered a run-scoring single to knot to score at one.

- Junior Jay Cannon ignited the rally in the seventh as ECU grabbed the one run advantage. He doubled down the right-field line to leadoff the inning. Tim Younger, in a two-strike count, grounded out to the right side moving Cannon to third. It was a great piece of hitting as the grounder to the right side gave ECU a runner at third with less than two outs. Clark followed with a fly ball to center scoring Cannon. For Younger's efforts, he was rewarded the game ball by Coach Godwin.

- It was the fifth straight East Carolina game decided by two runs or less:

Purdue (L) 6-4
Western Carolina (W) 3-1
Maryland (L) 2-1
Stony Brook (W) 1-0
Stony Brook (W) 2-1

- The Pirates have not made an error in the series after making 10 through their first seven contests.

- Both wins have come via a game-winning sacrifice fly. Corey Thompson plated the go-ahead run last night with a deep fly ball to left.

- Sunday Pitching Probables: Jharel Cotton (ECU) vs. Evan Stecko-Haley (SBU)

- First pitch for the series finale is set for 1:00 P.M. (ET).

Check out the '10th Inning' tomorrow afternoon for postgame coverage as the Pirates look for the sweep. If you can't make it out to the ballpark, tune in to Pirate IMG Sports Network as Darren Headrick and Gary Overton call the game on 1070 AM.


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