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USF evens series with HR in 9th

GREENVILLE — Luke Borders hit a three-run homer in a four-run ninth inning for South Florida on Saturday for a 5-1 win over East Carolina that evened a best-of-three American Athletic Conference series at one win each. ... Story, pictures & audio...

Pictured: ECU right-hander Jimmy Boyd delivers against South Florida on Saturday. The senior from Raleigh limited the Bulls to four hits over 8 and 1/3 innings and was charged with three runs. (W.A. Myatt photo)

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GREENVILLE — East Carolina scored nine runs in the sixth inning in defeating South Florida 14-7 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game American Athletic Conference series. The Pirates improved to 31-17-1 overall and 12-6-1 in the AAC going into a 4 p.m. game today with the Bulls (21-28, 6-13). ... Story, pictures & audio...

Pictured: ECU centerfielder Garrett Brooks stands in a blanket of fog in the Pirates' Friday night matchup with USF. The senior captain was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in ECU's comeback win. (W.A. Myatt photo)

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Tar Heels down ECU, 9-1

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina scored five runs on one hit in the sixth inning and defeated East Carolina 9-1 on Tuesday night. UNC (31-17) got the benefit of five walks, a hit batter and two wild pitches in its big frame. ... More...



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GREENVILLE — For the second straight game a home run by Luke Borders proved decisive as South Florida topped East Carolina 6-5 Sunday to take a 2-1 American Athletic Conference series win.

Borders had a three-run blast to break at tie at 1 in the top of the ninth and lift the Bulls to a 5-1 win Saturday.

A solo homer by Borders in the sixth inning Sunday put the Bulls ahead 6-5 after ECU had taken a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the second.

USF designated hitter Luke Borders steals second base as ECU shortstop Turner Brown saves a high throw. Borders' solo home run in the sixth inning put the Bulls ahead for good in the series-deciding contest. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Garrett Brooks had a two-run double and Bryce Harman had a two-run homer in the Pirates' big inning.

Jeff Nelson was subsequently hit by a pitch, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a ground out to second by Parker Lamm as ECU went ahead, 5-1.

"We didn't do anything after that and that was unfortunate," said Pirates coach Cliff Godwin.

The ECU skipper said starting left-hander Jacob Wolfe didn't have his best stuff.

"I knew it and he knew it," Godwin said.

ECU centerfielder Garrett Brown catches a fly ball against USF on Sunday. The senior captain was 1-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs in the Pirates' 6-5 loss. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Joe Genord had a two-run homer off Wolfe with two down in the third after a leadoff single by Borders to trim the lead to 5-3.

The Bulls tied the score at 5 in the fifth after an ECU error with two out prolonged the inning and USF got a two-run double from Kevin Merrell off Pirates freshman reliever Sam Lanier.

Chris Holba (3-1) yielded the homer to Borders.

Joe Cavallaro (5-3) went seven innings for the win and Tommy Eveld pitched the last two frames for his ninth save.

The Bulls outhit ECU 10-5 and left 16 runners on base compared to two for the Pirates.

USF improved to 23-28 overall and 8-13 in the league.

ECU (31-19-1, 12-8-1 AAC) hosts Campbell on Senior Night on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

"It's Senior Night and it's important for us to come out and play well," Godwin said. "I remember my Senior Night and it's special."

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