STORRS, CT — Kirk Morgan pitched eight innings and Matt Bridges finished East Carolina’s 3-0 win over host Connecticut on Saturday at J.O. Christian Field.
The Pirates (29-27, 7-17 AAC) avoided a six-game season sweep by the Huskies (31-23, 14-10) and assured a non-losing season going into the double-elimination league tournament, which starts Tuesday in Clearwater, FL.
ECU will be seeded eighth and will meet the No. 1 seed, Central Florida, at Spectrum Field on Tuesday at 7 p.m. That matchup will be shown on the CBS Sports Network.
Morgan retired the first 13 Huskies he faced, his perfect game bid halted by John Toppa’s fifth-inning single.
Morgan (3-0) allowed two hits and struck out five.
Charlie Yorgen had a two-out single in the third and came around to score the only run ECU would need on a double by Nick Barber.
The Pirates struck again with two outs in the ninth when Drew Henrickson walked and Dusty Baker had an RBI double down the left field line.
Brady Lloyd singled through the right side to bring in Baker with an additional insurance run.
Bridges faced three Huskies in the ninth and did not yield a hit.
Barber was 3-for-4 to lead ECU at the plate. Lloyd went 2-for-5 in the leadoff spot. Travis Watkins, Wes Phillips, Spencer Brickhouse and Baker also had
hits for the Pirates.
Mason Feole (7-3) started and allowed six hits over seven innings for UConn.
Morgan threw 81 pitches, including 58 for strikes.
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