GREENVILLE — For the second straight game, East Carolina came back for an American Athletic Conference win over visiting Cincinnati on Saturday.
The Bearcats yielded three unearned runs, including the game winner by Bryson Worrell on an error by the first baseman in the bottom of the eighth.
The Pirates improved to 26-18 overall and 10-4 in the AAC with the 4-3 victory.
The outcome nudged ECU into first place in the league after Tulane defeated Central Florida, 7-5, on Saturday. The Knights entered the day at 9-4 in the AAC, tied with ECU for first, but are now knotted with the Green Wave in a tie for second.
The Pirates seek to sweep the 3-game series with Cincinnati (17-23, 7-7 AAC) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
ECU left-hander C.J. Mayhue was perfect through four innings and the Pirates gave him a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth as Zach Agnos and Lane Hoover had doubles.
A hit batter spoiled the perfect game in the fifth and Kerrington Cross subsequently singled to end the no-hit bid. Cole Harting had an RBI double, and Wyatt Stapp’s 2-run single gave the visitors a 3-2 lead in the fifth.
ECU tied the score in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Ben Newton.
Worrell doubled down the left field line with two out in the eighth and scored the deciding run on a miscue by the Bearcats.
Ben Terwilliger (2-0) pitched the last three innings for the win. He allowed one hit and no runs with no walks and four strikeouts.