JaKKKKKKKKKKe: Agnos Sharp Again, K’s 10 in No. 19 ECU’s Shutout of Marist

March 8 - Jake Agnos fanned 10 over seven scoreless innings, reaching double digits in strikeouts for the second time in three starts as No. 19 East Carolina opened its weekend series with a 5-0 win over visiting Marist earlier today.

Agnos, the 2016 NOVA Nine Player of the Year from Battlefield, scattered four hits and walked one while improving to 2-1 and lowering his ERA to 2.78. The Pirates (10-5) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, then gave the junior left-hander all the cushion he’d need with a three-run fifth.

Marist had just one base runner advance to third base against Agnos, who didn’t allow any runners to reach scoring position after the third. Zach Barnes and Cam Colmore each tossed an inning in relief to close things out for ECU, which split two midweek games against No. 7 Mississippi State and No. 15 Mississippi on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

"I thought I did a good job of settling down as the game went on," Agnos told 247Sports.com. "Got behind a lot of guys early in the game and I think if I get rid of those, I can go eight or nine innings.”

Added Pirates coach Cliff Godwin: “He attacked the strike zone, more than he has in the past. We still want him to continue to do that. I thought the pitch count was a little high in the middle innings from what we wanted. But he got stronger as the game went on, which was good.”

Agnos’ outing nearly mirrored his effort on Feb. 24 against Monmouth, when he fanned 11 while permitting four hits and one walk over seven scoreless innings in a 10-0 win. The southpaw, who pitched last summer with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, has 34 strikeouts to just six walks in 22.2 innings. His 5.7:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio is a marked improvement from his 2.3:1 ratio in 2018.

Agnos’ next start is likely to take place when ECU travels to Maryland for a non-conference series next weekend.

Photo of Jake Agnos courtesy of East Carolina Athletics