GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Six pitchers combined on a five-hitter as East Carolina defeated the Czech Republic Senior National Team, 3-1, in an exhibition game at Clark-LeClair Stadium Saturday. Pirate pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts in just their second day together on the field this fall.
“I felt like our pitchers would be in shape enough to throw an inning or two,” Pirate head coach Billy Godwin said. “Competition exposes some things and there are a lot of things we’ve got to work on. We’ve got 15 new players, so right now we’re trying to find out what they’re good at and what they need to be better at.
“Anytime you get a chance to compete and play the game its good. Those guys are good. They’ve got several pro players and guys who’ve signed. It was a good way to get our feet under us and identify some things we have to work on.”
David Lucroy, who was credited with the win, got the start for ECU and tossed two innings allowing two hits and striking out two. Davis Kirkpatrick and Ryan Williams also tossed two innings apiece, fanning three batters each. Kirkpatrick walked three, but didn’t surrender a hit, while Williams gave up one hit without issuing a base-on-balls.
The Pirates got a first inning run without a hit. Garrett Brooks drew a leadoff walk and then promptly stole second base. After the next two batters were retired, Brooks stole third with Luke Lowery at the plate. Working with a 3-2 count against Lowery, pitcher Jan Novak uncorked a wild pitch allowing Brooks to score the game’s first run.
Novak didn’t surrender a hit until Drew Reynolds singled up the middle to lead off the fourth inning. It was the only hit he allowed before the sixth inning when consecutive doubles by Josh Lovick and Brooks scored the Pirates’ second run.
The score remained 2-0 until the seventh when both team’s scored a run in their half of the inning. The Czech Republic scored its lone run of the game on an error, while Ian Townsend homered to left field for ECU’s third and final run.
Reynolds struck out two as a part of a scoreless ninth to earn the save.
The Pirates used 13 position players, collecting four hits and four base-on-balls.