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Pictured: The view from 'The Jungle' during ECU's Friday evening loss to American Athletic Conference opponent Cincinnati. (W.A. Myatt photo)

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GREENVILLE Cincinnati scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning for a 3-3 tie with host East Carolina on Sunday.

The contest was not completed because of the American Athletic Conference's deadline for finishing Sunday games.

The Bearcats and Pirates began the third game of their series at noon but rain delayed the contest for one hour, 34 minutes.

The series finished 1-1-1 leaving ECU at 27-16-1 overall and 8-6-1 in the league.

The Bearcats (21-22-1, 9-5-1 AAC) got a run-scoring triple from Manny Rodriguez to pull within 3-2 in the eighth. Connor McVey's infield single with the bases loaded scored Rodriguez with the tying run.

ECU freshman right-hander Sam Lanier left the bases loaded with Bearcats in the eighth. The tying runs were charged to Joe Ingle.

Jarod Yoakam retired the Pirates in order in the bottom of the eighth and the game was called.

The AAC's curfew rule allows visiting teams to schedule and make their return flights on the last day of a series.

Kyle Mottice led off the game Sunday with a home run off ECU starter Jacob Wolfe to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead.

The Pirates scored a tying run in the third and took a 3-1 lead in the seventh.

Charlie Yorgen reached on a fielder's choice in the third after a single by Bryce Harman. Parker Lamm doubled before Yorgen scored on a ground out to second by Turner Brown.

Dwanya Williams-Sutton singled and later scored the go-ahead run on a single by Yorgen in the seventh. A sacrifice bunt by Lamm scored Brady Lloyd, who had come in as a pinch runner for Harman, for a 3-1 ECU lead. Yorgen was out at the plate on the play.

Harman went 2-for-3 as the Pirates had a 7-6 edge in hits.

Wolfe allowed three hits over four and two-thirds innings. He yielded one earned run while walking three and striking out one.

ECU has an exam break before starting a three-game AAC series at Connecticut on Friday at 3 p.m.

05/02/2016 12:51 AM