GREENVILLE — East Carolina gained a share of first place in the American Athletic Conference with a 12-4 victory over Tulane at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Friday.
The Pirates (31-9), ranked No. 13 nationally by Division I Baseball, pounded out 16 hits in improving to 13-3 in the league. Tulane slipped to 24-15 overall and 13-3 in the AAC.
Gavin Williams (7-0) started and went five and one-third innings.
“Gavin set the tone,” said ECU coach Cliff Godwin. ” … The first five innings, he was lights out.”
Williams did not allow a run through five innings. He yielded five hits, two runs (both earned) while walking one and striking out nine on 95 pitches.
Cam Colmore, Landon Ginn and Josh Grosz turned in scoreless relief stints for the Pirates.
Connor Norby went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBIs for ECU. Bryson Worrell and Seth Caddell also homered in the win.
“Offensively, our guys were locked in,” Godwin said. “When we’re locked in, we’re pretty good. The key is to be locked in, so, hopefully, we’ll show up tomorrow and be locked in offensively — like we were today.”
The Pirates and Green Wave play a doubleheader Saturday, starting at 1 p.m.