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BSB: Hoffman fans career-high 14 in 2-1 extra inning win

Posted March 1

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— East Carolina’s Jeff Hoffman and Ryan Williams combined for 18 strikeouts and Garrett Brooks scored the game-winning run in the 10th inning, lifting the Pirates to a 2-1 extra inning win over Western Kentucky in game two of the 11th Annual Keith LeClair Classic.

With the scored knotted at one-all in the 10th and two outs, Brooks drew a walk on four straight pitches and moved over to third on senior Drew Reynolds single through the right side. Senior Zach Houchins stepped to the plate and sent a grounder to WKU (6-3) second baseman Scott Wilcox, who muffed the ball allowing Brooks to score easily from third halting ECU’s (4-5) four-game loosing skid.

Williams (3-0), who was awarded the honorary No. 23 jersey wore by former Pirate skipper Keith LeClair, picked up another win out of the bullpen tossing two scoreless innings of relief where he struck out four of the six batters he faced. But the night belonged to Hoffman, who fanned a career-high and LeClair Classic record 14 batters getting nine of those swinging. The right-hander from Latham, N.Y. scattered five hits over eight innings allowing a run (unearned) while walking one in his second no decision of the season.

Hoffman, who came within one strikeout of tying Zach Wood’s Clark-LeClair Stadium record, punched out multiple batters in five of eight stanzas he worked including the side in the first and fourth, while also striking out at least one in seven of eight innings. He registered four ground ball and five fly ball outs to go along with one double play.

Sam Higgs (1-1) suffered the loss giving up the run in the 10th (unearned) on one hit in 2.2 innings. Starter Justin Hageman surrendered a run (earned) on three hits with two punch-outs and six walks in six innings, while Brennan Pearson tossed a perfect seventh recording a pair of strikeouts.

The Hilltoppers broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth when Cody Wofford scored on Ryan Church’s RBI single for a 1-0 advantage. Wofford doubled to left field with one out and two batters later came chugging home on Church’s single through the right side.

Freshman Bryce Harman tied the game at one-all in the seventh with an RBI double to left field that plated senior Ben Fultz, who led off the frame with a walk just before Harman’s first collegiate RBI.

The Pirates return to action on Saturday, Mar. 1 when they play host to Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Pittsburgh at 3 p.m. (EST).

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Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
3rd
SAC 81
MIL 81
 
Half
GSW 65
OKC 63
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
Final
EVAN 81
OHIO 69
 
Final
CSFU 72
CSDH 50
 
2nd
ORST 78
DEP 51
 
2nd
PAC 49
NEV 46
 
Final
USF 77
PORST 40
 
2nd
IDAHO 75
WALLA 31
 
2nd
UTST 37
CALST 32
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
2nd
SJS 2
EDM 3
 
2nd
LOS 2
STL 3
 
Final
JAC 21
TEN 13