GREENVILLE — East Carolina had the tying run at third base and the winning run at second with two out in the bottom of the ninth, but a ground out allowed Memphis to take a 10-9 American Athletic Conference win on Saturday.
The Pirates closed out the regular season with a 42-13 overall record. ECU went 20-4 in the AAC.
The Tigers (27-26, 10-13) went ahead 7-4 on a 3-run homer by Alec Trela down the left field line in the fifth and maintained the upper hand the rest of the way.
Hunter Goodman added another 3-run blast for the Tigers in the sixth after Alec Burleson had launched a solo shot for the Pirates in the bottom of the fifth.
Spencer Brickhouse had a 2-run double for ECU in the sixth and Ryder Giles had a solo homer in the eighth to trim Memphis’ lead to 10-8.
Bryant Packard’s RBI single with two out in the ninth got ECU within 10-9 before Colton Neel nailed down his 10th save.
Tyler Smith (7-1) was charged with his first loss although Gavin Williams yielded the dinger to Trela.
Burleson was 3-for-5 for the Pirates with two homers, three RBIs and three runs. Getting two hits each were Brickhouse (double), Jake Washer, Thomas Francisco (double) and Giles (double, home run).
ECU plays Wichita State in its AAC Tournament opener in Clearwater, FL, on Tuesday at approximately 12:30 p.m.