GREENVILLE — Houston held on Sunday to complete an American Athletic Conference sweep at East Carolina with a 6-5 win.
Trailing 6-2, the Pirates loaded the bases in the ninth on walks to Connor Litton, Dusty Baker and Chandler Jenkins before a two-run double to right by Bryant Packard cut the margin to 6-4.
A sacrifice fly by Jeremy Whitehead pulled the Pirates within 6-5 before Spencer Brickhouse lined out to right to end the game with the potential tying run at second.
ECU took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on an RBI infield single by Andrew Henrickson and a sacrifice fly by Alec Burleson.
The Cougars answered with a pair of runs in the fifth on a ground out RBI by Grayson Padgett and a run-scoring single through the left side by Connor Hollis to tie the score at 2.
Houston used bunts and a blast to take a 6-2 lead with four runs in the seventh. Wendell Champion led off the frame with a bunt single and he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Lovelace.
Hollis singled through the right side to bring in the go-ahead run. Jared Triolo walked before Joe Davis hit a three-run homer to left.
The Cougars (28-16, 13-5 AAC) outhit ECU (30-12, 8-7) by an 8-5 margin. Houston played errorless defense while the Pirates were charged with four miscues.
Brayson Hurdsman got the win as Ryan Ross (0-3) absorbed his second loss of the series.
The timing of the series found ECU in the midst of exams and the Pirates were without sophomore right-hander Chris Holba (9-0), who contracted a virus that has been going through the team before his scheduled start on Friday night.
ECU returns to action at Tulane of Friday at 7:30 p.m.