GREENVILLE — East Carolina’s first game in the 16th annual Keith LeClair Classic was suspended in the middle of the sixth inning Friday and is scheduled to be resumed on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The ninth-ranked Pirates and Utah were tied at 4 when the contest was halted due to rain.
Wright State topped Western Carolina, 5-3, in the first game of the event on Friday.
ECU started the scoring with an RBI single by Bryant Packard in the second inning against Utah. The Pirates pushed their lead to 4-0 in the third on consecutive one-out singles by Spencer Brickhouse, Ryder Giles, Bryson Worrell, Turner Brown and Lane Hoover.
Chase Fernlund had a two-run double as the Utes responded with three runs in the fourth. Tyler Thompson’s RBI single in the sixth tied the score at 4.
Left-hander Alec Burleson pitched five innings for ECU before Zach Barnes tossed the sixth. Burleson yielded five hits and three eraned runs while walking two and striking out four.
Barnes allowed two hits and one earned run, recording one whiff.
Utah plays Western Carolina on Saturday at 11 a.m. before the Utah-ECU game resumes at 2:30 p.m. The Pirates are scheduled to play Wright State 45 minutes after the Utah-ECU game concludes.
Sunday’s schedule includes Utah vs. Wright State at 10 a.m. and ECU vs. Western Carolina at 1:30 p.m.