MEMPHIS — East Carolina broke a scoreless deadlock at Memphis with four runs in the 13th inning for a 4-1 American Athletic Conference win on Friday night.
C.J. Mayhue had a no-hitter for the Pirates through nine innings and his starting counterpart, Landon Gartman, held ECU hitless through eight innings.
Ben Newton’s single to center in the 13th brought in Jacob Starling and Alec Makarewicz with the first runs of the game. The Pirates added two more runs on a sacrifice fly by Lane Hoover, and Newton scored as a result of an error by the Tigers.
Memphis answered with a home run by Chris Swanberg to start the bottom of the 13th before Carter Spivey retired the next three batters as the contest reached four hours.
Mayhue walked one and struck out nine. Spivey (4-0) allowed three hits and one earned run while walking three and striking out two.
ECU (28-18, 12-4 AAC) stranded 15 baserunners compared to five for the Tigers (21-22, 5-11). The Pirates remained atop the league standings, one game ahead of Central Florida and Houston, who are each 11-5.
Lane Hoover got the first hit for the Pirates off of Dalton Kendrick to lead off the ninth.
Logan Kohler had the first hit for Memphis with a double off Spivey to start the bottom of the 10th. ECU finished with an 8-3 lead in hits as C.J. Boyd went 2-for-4 for the Pirates.
The second game of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m.