NEW ORLEANS — East Carolina evened its series at Tulane and regained sole possession of first place in the American Athletic Conference with an 8-3 victory on Saturday.
The Pirates used a 4-run third inning to improve to 24-16 overall and 8-3 in the AAC going into the decisive third game of the series with the Green Wave (25-14-1, 7-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Cam Clonch homered to center to tie the score at 2 with one out in the third. Zach Agnos and Lane Hoover followed with singles. Bryson Worrell had a 2-out single to the pitcher that brought in Agnos to give ECU a 3-2 lead. Hoover came home on a bases-loaded walk to Jacob Starling and Worrell scored on a passed ball.
Carter Spivey (3-0) pitched seven and one-third innings in relief of starter C.J. Mayhue. Spivey allowed three hits and one unearned run with one walk and seven strikeouts in earning the decision.
Jacob Jenkins-Cowart gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead with a home run in the first. The hosts answered with fence-clearing blasts by Luis Avila and Jackson Linn in the bottom of the first for a 2-1 lead.
Jenkins-Cowart and Worrell had solo homers in the fifth. A bases-loaded walk to Starling brought in ECU’s final run in the sixth.
Jenkins-Cowart and Worrell each had three hits and two RBIs as the Pirates had an 11-5 lead in hits.