STATESBORO, GA — Six runs in the fifth inning helped Georgia Southern to a 10-7 win on Saturday as East Carolina absorbed its first loss of the season.
The big blow in the decisive frame was a 3-run homer down the left-field line by Austin Thompson.
The Pirates (5-1) took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Connor Norby reached on an error and Josh Moylan homered to right-center,
The Eagles (2-4) went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth as Thompson had an RBI double and J.P. Tighe had a fence-clearing drive down the left-field line.
ECU regained the upper hand with three runs in the fifth. as Norby had an RBI single and Moylan hit a 2-run double to left center.
The Pirates closed within 9-7 on a run-scoring single up the middle by Thomas Francisco in the seventh and a home run to right center by Alec Makarewicz in the eighth.
Moylan had two hits and four RBIs as Georgia Southern had a 14-12 lead in hits. Lane Hoover, Seth Caddell and Norby also had two hits each for ECU. Norby, Zach Agnos and Ryder Giles all had doubles for the Pirates.
C.J. Mayhue, who came on in relief in the fifth for starter Jake Kuchmaner, and was charged with the loss.
Freshman left-hander Carson Whisenhunt is scheduled to start for ECU in the deciding game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m.