Memphis scored five unanswered runs – all in the final three frames – and held off a late East Carolina rally to take game one of the three game Conference USA series 6-5 Friday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Ben Fultz capped off a five-run ninth inning with a three-run walk-off home run lifting East Carolina (21-20) to an 8-5 win over Elon (22-21) Tuesday night in non-conference action at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
After surrendering touchdowns on two of the first three offensive possessions, the Pirate defense turned up the intensity and bounced back to produce a solid performance as East Carolina completed its spring practice period with the Purple-Gold Game Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
East Carolina completed the weekday practice portion of its spring schedule in warm and humid conditions Wednesday inside the Cliff Moore Complex, working for two hours under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-80s.
East Carolina’s softball team (18-25) saw its four-game winning streak snapped in an 8-0 defeat to No. 25 North Carolina (34-15) in five innings on Wednesday. The Pirates were limited to one hit and three base runners in the contest.
Ryan LaGrange collected a season-high four hits and drove in three runs helping No. 25 UNC Wilmington to a season sweep of East Carolina, 7-2, Tuesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Shane Carden completed 19-of-22 passes for 233 yards and a pair of touchdowns to spearhead the offensive effort, while the defense tallied 15 tackles for lost yardage during East Carolina's second intra-squad scrimmage of the spring Saturday.
East Carolina's Travis Watkins is one of 15 catchers added to the official watch list for the 2013 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com and the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission on April 9.