Pinkney Tosses Touchdown In Rain Shortened Spring Game

GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina quarterbacks Patrick Pinkney and Rob Kass combined for 175 yards and one touchdown, while running backs Justin Brockmeyer and Jonathan Williams tallied 80 rushing yards on 10 carries as the Pirates concluded spring practice Saturday with their annual Purple-Gold game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The Pirates defeated East Carolina, 13-3, in a game that was discontinued at halftime following an issued severe weather warning.

"I hate to end the spring like this, especially when you walk outside and it looks like it is starting to clear," head coach Skip Holtz said. "You have to consider the safety of these players and our fans. We probably could not have gone back out there for at least 45 more minutes so I felt it was in the best interest of everyone to cancel the second half."

Kass completed eight-of-14 passes for 95 yards to lead East Carolina and Pinkney was seven-of-14 for 80 yards and a touchdown for the Pirates.

Williams led the rushing attack with 44 yards on seven carries, Brockmeyer had 36 yards on three attempts and Pinkney scrambled for 19 yards on three carries.

Five receivers caught multiple passes, including freshman Darryl Freeney who scored the game's only touchdown - a 38-yard reception from Pinkney. Sophomore Dwayne Harris caught two passes from 44 yards, including a 41-yard strike from Kass.

Junior placekicker Ben Hartman was two-of-two on field goal attempts, making kicks from 47 and 28 yards out for both squads.

Defensively, freshmen Emanuel Davis and Cliff Perryman led the way with five tackles each, while junior end C.J. Wilson was credited with four tackles, including 2.5 for lost yardage.

"I have been really happy with our spring practice," Holtz added. "We tried to develop depth in our two-deep and our young players really came on strong. Our players have been upbeat and have had a great attitude all spring."

East Carolina opens its 2008 season against Virginia Tech at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on August 30.