GREENVILLE — East Carolina rallied from a 4-0 deficit after a half-inning Friday night for a 9-7 American Athletic Conference win over visiting Cincinnati.
The triumph for the Pirates and host Central Florida’s 2-1 victory over Tulane left ECU and the Knights tied atop the AAC standings with 9-4 league records.
Game two between the Pirates (25-18) and the Bearcats (17-22, 7-6 AAC) is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
ECU pulled within 4-1 in the bottom of the first when Zach Agnos scored on a double play. The Pirates added four runs in the fourth as Josh Moylan and Jacob Starling had RBI singles. Another run scored on one of three errors by Cincinnati. Agnos gave ECU a 5-4 lead with a sacrifice fly.
Paul Komistek had a solo homer in a 2-run fifth that provided a 6-5 lead for the visitors.
ECU regained the upper hand in the bottom of the fifth on a Bearcats miscue and an RBI single by Moylan.
Alec Makrewicz had a 2-run homer for the Pirates in the seventh for a 9-6 lead.
Cincinnati got a 2-run round tripper from Kerrington Cross in the first and a solo shot from Griffin Merritt in the ninth.
Carter Spivey (4-0) pitched the last four and one-third innings for the win. The junior right-hander allowed four hits, one earned run and one walk with four strikeouts.