East Carolina put up five runs in the first inning Friday evening on its way to a 10-1 five-inning victory over Virginia to begin the Pirate Invitational at the ECU Softball Stadium.
Joe Ingle tossed two perfect innings of relief and T.J. Riles produced his second-straight game-winning hit as No. 11 East Carolina took game one of the three-game set from La Salle 7-3.
This weekend, the Freedom Classic begins at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, but it's also like a preview to the excitement of having minor league baseball back in the east.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said he made a "poor word choice" in comments about women in a 40-minute talk to students at a Florida elementary school earlier this week.
Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will drive the honorary pace car for Sunday's Daytona 500.