The No. 12 ECU Pirates baseball team completed a sweep of the No. 18 UConn Huskies over the weekend. Here are some takeaways:
- More weird scheduling: The series was already slated to be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday due to Easter Sunday. But during Thursday’s win, ECU announced there would be no game on Friday because of poor weather that would turn out to be severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings. Instead, the teams played a doubleheader on Saturday. The first game began at 9 a.m. and was only seven innings, due to an AAC rule that when a doubleheader is played on a team’s travel day, one must be seven innings while the other is a full nine-inning game. Unsurprisingly, ECU’s upcoming home game against UNCW on Tuesday is a game that was rescheduled because of weather.
- Jake Agnos is an ace: Agnos absolutely dominated a matchup of two lefty aces on Thursday night against UConn starter Mason Feole. The game drew about 30 pro scouts to witness it and Agnos more than won the matchup. Agnos went 8.2 innings and gave up just one run on a solo home run way back in the second inning. Agnos would have completed the perfect game but a missed strike call led to his only walk of the game with two outs in the ninth and his pitch count, 129 pitches, was simply too high to let him keep going. Agnos struck out a season-high 14 batters but topping double digits K’s is something Agnos does with ease.
- Spencer Brickhouse can really hit: Brickhouse likely earned himself some more AAC weekly recognition in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader alone, when he launched two home runs and drove in five runs. Brickhouse hit those two home runs in back-to-back at-bats, the third time in his career he has done so. He now has 11 home runs on this season and 31 so far in his three-year ECU career.
- Another weekend, more AAC dominance: ECU is starting to sit very comfortably atop the conference standings. ECU has now swept UCF, USF, and UConn, and the only team it lost to, Houston, it took two out of three from. This weekend’s sweep puts ECU at 11-1 in AAC play and UConn, who was third coming in, drops back to 7-8 and to sixth place. Tulane is still next closest at 7-3 and in second place in the conference behind ECU, and they come to Clark-LeClair next weekend.
- Godwin’s take on the AAC dominance: “Our goal wasn’t to be 11-1 but just to keep playing good baseball. I didn’t think we played a great brand of baseball early in Game one but guys played tough and they competed and grinded it out. Anytime you can sweep a great UConn team at home, then you have done something.”
ECU now has two-midweek games, a Tuesday home affair against UNCW at 6:30 p.m. and a Wednesday road trip to Old Dominion at 6 p.m.