CLEARWATER, FL — East Carolina endured delays for rain and a power outage at BayCare Ballpark for a 9-6 win over Cincinnati on Wednesday in an elimination game in the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
The No. 15 Pirates (42-16) will meet the loser between Central Florida and South Florida on Friday at 1 p.m. in another elimination game. The Knights and Bulls play on Thursday at 1 p.m.
ECU returned from a rain delay of approximately four hours in the bottom of the fourth inning on the short end of a 6-5 score.
The Pirates got the tying run on a bases-loaded walk to Jacob Jenkins-Cowart in the sixth.
Jacob Starling had a 2-run double in the seventh for an 8-6 ECU lead.
A wild pitch allowed Carter Cunningham to come home in the eighth.’
Pirate pitchers Zach Root, Landon Ginn, Danny Beal, Carter Spivey (7-2) and Trey Yesavage combined for 16 strikeouts. Yesavage fanned the side in the ninth for his first save.
All of the run production for Cincinnati (24-33) came via the long ball on a 2-run homer by Kerrington Cross in the third and a grand slam by Cole Harting in the fourth.
Starling and Jenkins-Cowart each drove in a pair of runs for the Pirates, who had an 8-7 lead in hits. Cunningham scored three runs.