Jake Agnos

Sophomore pitcher Jake Agnos during previous game.

The No. 9 East Carolina University baseball team missed its chance to claim second place in the American Athletic Conference after splitting its doubleheader with No. 23 University of Connecticut on Friday in Storrs, Connecticut.

ECU (39-15, 14-10 AAC) won the first game 6-3 but lost the second 4-2 and finishes tied with UConn (32-18-1, 14-10 AAC) and was named the fourth seed in the AAC tournament in Clearwater, Florida.

The Pirates were led in the first game by Bryant Packard, who had a strong game by going 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI’s. Spencer Brickhouse added another home run, and Alec Burleson had yet another win on the mound.

Burleson came on strong toward the end of the season for ECU. After entering the rotation on the weekend of April 20, Burleson has recorded three straight AAC wins against Tulane University, the University of Cincinnati and now UConn.

In the second game, Jake Agnos went 4.2 innings, but also gave up four runs. ECU’s offense couldn’t get anything more than a run in the fourth and ninth innings. A Brickhouse sacrifice fly scored Packard and a Brady Lloyd groundout scored Andrew Henrickson for the only runs in a game which ECU never led.

Had ECU won both games of the doubleheader on Friday, it would have finished with sole possession of second place in the conference along with a likely more favorable seed in the tournament. ECU now turns its attention to the AAC championships in Clearwater, Florida which starts on Tuesday. ECU will play against University of Central Florida on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

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