Senior outfielder Ben Fultz
Nov. 6, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina baseball team will conclude its fall practice this weekend with their annual Purple-Gold World Series at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium starting Thursday, Nov. 7.
The Pirates, who started their team practice on Oct. 9, will play the first of three nine-inning games on Nov. 7 starting at 5:15 p.m. (EST), followed by game two on Friday, Nov. 8 at 5:15 p.m. before concluding the annual event on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free to all Pirate fans.
Ninth-year head coach Billy Godwin announced that junior LHP Reid Love (Purple) and redshirt sophomore RHP David Lucroy (Gold) will toe the rubber for the first game. Junior right-handers Tyler Bolton (Gold) and Jeff Hoffman (Purple) will go in game two, while a pair of right-handed underclassmen in Davis Kirkpatrick (Purple) and Hayden White (Gold) will start game three.
The Pirates return 18 letterwinners including Second-Team Louisville Slugger All-American Drew Reynolds and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American David Lucroy. Joining Reynolds (first-team) and Lucroy (second-team/freshman team), who were also All-Conference USA performers in 2013, are Hoffman (second-team/'13), Zach Houchins (second-team/'13) and Travis Watkins (freshman team/'13).
Also stepping onto the diamond are 16 new faces, which consist of five junior college transfers in Hunter Allen (Brunswick CC), James Gray (South Florida State College), Love (St. Johns River State College), Brandon Saunders (Pitt CC) and Ian Townsend (St. Johns River State College).
The Pirates also welcome to campus 11 true freshmen in Luke Bolka, Kirkpatrick, TJ McDonald, Bryce Harman, Evan Kruczynski, Kirk Morgan, Philip Perry, Cameron Snow, Eric Tyler, Jacob Wolfe and Charlie Yorgen.
Purple & Gold World Series (free to public)
Game 1: Thursday, Nov. 7 (5:15 p.m.)
Game 2: Friday, Nov. 8 (5:15 p.m.)
Game 3: Sunday, Nov. 10 (1 p.m.)