garrett saylor

Senior right-hand pitcher Garrett Saylor winds up for his pitch at home in front of Pirate Nation.

The East Carolina University baseball team (0-0, 0-0 American Athletic Conference) will conclude their fall season with the three-day Purple-Gold World Series event at Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium Nov. 4 to Nov. 6.

On Nov. 2, there will be a draft held between the two team captains, senior right-hand pitcher Garrett Saylor and senior right-hand pitcher Carter Spivey. Head Coach Cliff Godwin named these players as captains for the Purple-Gold Word Series and will allow each captain to set the pitching rotation.

Game one is scheduled for Nov. 4 at 3:30 p.m. with game two scheduled for Nov. 5 at 11:30 p.m. On Nov. 6, game three will begin at noon followed by an autograph session with the players and coaches of ECU baseball.

East Carolina has had two exhibition games during the fall season. Against Clemson University (0-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) in ECU’s first game of the season, the Tigers won 10-8 in a 15 inning exhibition game. The game took place at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, North Carolina, on Oct. 23.

ECU was not on the board until the fifth inning when Pirate junior first baseman Josh Moylan had a homerun that brought in another runner to make the score 6-2. The Pirates did not score again until the 11th inning when they brought the score up to 6-4 to close the gap.

A highlight from the game against Clemson was Pirate junior infielder Jacob Starling’s two-run homerun in the 15th inning. Another two runs were scored by East Carolina for a total of four within the 15th. The Tigers caught the Pirates in three outs before East Carolina could continue adding to the board to win the game. The final of the game was 10-8 in favor of Clemson.

During the 2022 season, ECU senior outfielder Lane Hoover had the most hits in his career with 87. Out of the 87 hits, he scored 55 times and overall went up to bat 255 times. Hoover’s slugging and batting average was the highest since 2020, when his percentages were not far from the 2022 season.

The Pirate sophomore first baseman Jacob Jenkins-Cowart was top three on the 2022 team as a freshman in hitting percentage. Jenkins-Cowart was also second on the team with the highest home runs with 13 and the second highest slugging percentage that sat at .549.

This series will be the final games for the Pirates to conclude their fall season.

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