GREENVILLE — After being victimized by the long ball Friday night, No. 10 East Carolina hit five home runs in a 13-6 win over Cincinnati on Saturday to even the American Athletic Conference series at 1-1.
The deciding game is Sunday at 1 p.m.
Spencer Brickhouse was 3-for-4 with a pair of fence-clearing blasts and six RBIs as the Pirates improved to 36-13 overall and 12-8 in the AAC.
Bryant Packard led off the bottom of the first with a homer to left and ECU led the rest of the way. Packard went 2-for-5 with two runs and a pair of RBIs.
Batting ninth in the lineup, Pirates shortstop Turner Brown went 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and three RBIs.
Connor Litton also homered for ECU.
The Pirates had 14 hits, including five doubles. Seth Caddell had a two-bagger and scored twice. Andrew Henrickson also had a double. Dwanya Williams-Sutton went 1-for-2 with two runs as he also reached base on a walk and was twice hit by pitches.
Brady Lloyd had a hit and scored a run.
Alec Burleson (4-1) was the beneficiary of ample run support as he went five and two-thirds innings. He yielded five hits and four runs (all earned) while walking one and striking out five.
Zach Barnes, Davis Kirkpatrick and West Covington all contributed out of the bullpen.
The Bearcats (26-23, 11-9) hit back-to-back homers in the top of the ninth in taking the series opener, 4-3.