Alumni Update: Berini helps East Carolina baseball win AAC title
Joey Berini: The East Carolina baseball team clinched the American Athletic Conference regular season championship after they swept the South Florida Bulls in a three-game series at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville last weekend. On May 14, the Pirates defeated the Bulls 11-3. Berini went 1-for-2 with three RBIs after he entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. In his first plate appearance, Berini had a two-run single to left field to put the Pirates ahead 6-3. On Wednesday, the Pirates edged Campbell 7-6. Berini started as designated hitter and played at shortstop. He went 0-for-2. This weekend, East Carolina completed a three-game sweep of Houston. On Friday night, the Pirates defeated the Cougars 5-3. Berini had a pinch-hit, RBI single in the eighth to score the final run of the game. East Carolina will enter the American Athletic Conference Tournament next week at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater, Florida as possibly the hottest team in the country. East Carolina has won 14 in a row. They finished the regular season 38-18, 20-4 in the AAC.
Bryse Wilson: Wilson came out of the bullpen for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Chicago Cubs on Monday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won 9-0. Wilson threw five-and-one-thirds innings. He surrendered four runs off eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Dillon Peters suffered the loss for Pittsburgh.
Landon Riley: The Liberty baseball team honored its seniors during a game against Kennesaw State at Worthington Field on Saturday. Riley, one of the seniors, helped the Flames beat Owls 16-12 in its regular season finale. Riley threw the eighth inning and didn’t surrender a run. He struck out one batter and surrendered one hit with one walk. On Thursday, Kennesaw State defeated the Flames 9-6. Riley threw two shutout innings of middle relief. He conceded only one hit with two strikeouts. Liberty will start play in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament in Fort Myers, Florida on Tuesday.
Brandon Andrews: The Nicholls State baseball team completed its season in the Southland Conference Tournament at Lake Charles, Louisiana. On Saturday, Incarnate Word edged the Colonels 9-8. Andrews, in his final college appearance, threw two-thirds-of-an-inning. He surrendered two runs off two hits. On Tuesday, Louisiana defeated Nicholls 6-1. Andrews threw one inning of relief with one strikeout. He surrendered one hit. Last Sunday, Nicholls edged Southeastern Louisiana 4-3 in eleven innings. Andrews threw the eighth inning and surrendered one hit and one walk. Nicholls ends the year 26-25, its first winning season since 2017. Andrews, who returned to Nicholls this year after spending a season with Jacksonville State, had a 2.70 ERA. He was second on the team with 20 appearances. Andrews went 2-1 with 19 strikeouts and ten walks.
Phillip Berger: The Division III William Peace baseball team’s season came to an end in the USA South Conference Tournament at Cleaveland Field in LaGrange, NC. Berger won his final start of the season in an elimination game against Methodist on May 6. The Pacers outscored the Monarchs 14-10. Berger threw seven-and-one-thirds innings. He struck out four. He also gave up eight runs on nine hits. Six of the runs were earned. Peace was eliminated by LaGrange College. This season, Berger led the Pacers with eight wins. He went 8-2 in 13 starts. He finished with a 4.64 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 19 walks.
Will Walker: The Pitt Community College baseball team ended its season in disappointing fashion in the Region X Division II Baseball Tournament at Big Rock Stadium in Morehead City. The Bulldogs started with a 12-6 win over Cleveland Community College. Walker hit his sixth home run of the season, a solo blast in the fifth inning to put the Bulldogs ahead 7-5. Walker went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. On May 6, Catawba Valley rallied for two runs in the bottom-of-the-ninth inning to beat the Bulldogs 9-8. Walker went 1-for-5. In an elimination game, Brunswick Community College defeated Pitt 11-9. The Bulldogs led 6-3 until Brunswick scored eight runs in the seventh inning. Walker was named to the Region X, Division II All-Defensive team. He ends the season with a .319 batting average over 35 games. He hit six home runs with 31 RBIs.