The No. 13 ranked East Carolina University baseball team will travel to Elon, North Carolina for a midweek away game on Tuesday against Elon University at 6 p.m. during a non-conference game match up.
The Pirates (25-10, 8-1 AAC) currently have a three-game losing streak and are coming off their first series loss of the season, as before their meeting against the No. 1 ranked University of California at Los Angeles, they were standing at 7-1 in series this year.
This losing streak is coming after a 10-game winning streak that ended with a loss to the University of Houston on April 5, but the Pirates had bounced back exceptionally, as they won their next three games after. The Pirates have now won 13 of their last 17 games.
The Phoenix (21-15, 10-2 CAA) are carrying a three-game winning streak after playing the University of Delaware in their last weekend series. Elon is an average team at home, as they have a 12-9 record in Latham Park this season.
This will be the second ballgame the two schools have played this year, as they met earlier on Feb. 27 in Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium during a weekday matchup. ECU ended up winning that game with a final score of 5-3.
The Pirates never trailed during their last game played against Elon, by scoring three runs during the bottom of the first inning. Elon did manage to answer back during its next chance, as they scored two runs in the top of the second inning.
But the Pirates kept on scoring without any answer from Elon, as they scored another run in the bottom of the second inning when junior infielder Nick Barber stole home. Later on in the bottom of the sixth inning, sophomore first baseman/left hand pitcher Alec Burleson homered to right field, to make the score of the game 5-2.
The Phoenix managed to score one more run during the top of the eighth inning to try and get closer but could not tie the game up, leading to the final score in the scoreboard for the night to be 5-3 in favor of ECU.
Elon has done OK during weekday games this season, as it has played a total of eight games during the week and have a 4-4 record. It has even been more difficult when the Phoenix has had to travel during the week to play, standing with a 2-3 record on away games on weekdays.
The Pirates are coming off a weekend in which they scored a total of 10 runs, including zero during their third and final game, which was a the second game of a double header played on Saturday. Although they had a total of 18 hits during the series, they did not manage to score as many runs as their opponent, as No. 1 ranked UCLA had 21 hits along with 13 runs.
For Tuesday, the opponent’s pitchers will have their hands full, as ECU will look to hit even better, especially with five players having at least a .300 batting average and two of them having an average higher than .362 in Burleson and junior first baseman/designated hitter Spencer Brickhouse.
On the other hand, Elon University recently played its series against Delaware last weekend, and had a total of 22 runs, including a 12 run game, followed by a double header on Saturday in which they scored four runs on the second one, and four runs in the last one.
While the Phoenix only have one player with over a .300 batting average, they have one player that will have the best average in the game. Junior infielder Joe Satterfield has a average of .400, including 54 hits and three home runs.
The Pirates will be ready to face the Phoenix and Satterfield, as they have probable starter Burleson who has appeared in 11 games and has a 3.60 earned run average in those. Junior right handed pitcher Trey Benton who has made 11 appearances on the mound this year. Even though he has a 5.03 ERA, he has a 3-0 record for ECU.
Elon will look to extend its winning streak to four and the Pirates will look to bounce back after their first series loss. ECU is hoping to break its three-game losing streak, get back to being a top 10 team in the national rankings and gain some momentum for its home weekend series against the University of Connecticut which starts on Thursday at 6:30 p.m in Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Tuesday’s game, which can possibly help reshape ECU’s play from last weekend, will start at 6 p.m on Tuesday at Latham Park, in Elon, North Carolina.