GREENVILLE — East Carolina and Tulane split a doubleheader Saturday with the Pirates looking to take the lead in the American Athletic Conference standings going into the final game of a 4-game series on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
ECU (32-10, 14-5 AAC) won the first game Saturday, 7-4, as Josh Moylan went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. The Green Wave (25-16, 14-4) won the second game, 7-6, on Ethan Groff’s 2-run homer in the eighth.
“We didn’t play clean enough baseball to win game two,” said Pirates coach Cliff Godwin. “We split. We’re (up) 2-1, so we’ve got a chance to win the series tomorrow.”
Godwin said left-hander Carson Whisenhunt (4-0, 3.22 earned run average) would start on Sunday, but would be on a pitch count.
“He won’t throw 100 pitches,” Godwin said.
Whisenhunt last pitched on April 9.
C.J. Mayhue (3-1) got the win in the first game Saturday and Matt Bridges picked up his second save.
A 4-run third inning put ECU ahead to stay in the opener as Seth Caddell singled to left to bring in the go-ahead run.
Zach Agnos went 2-for-5 in the second game with three RBIs. He had a 2-run homer in the first inning for a 3-2 Pirates lead. His RBI double in the sixth put ECU ahead, 6-5.