Pirates take Tulane in extra
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Timely hitting in the top of the 13th lifted East
Carolina to a 3-2 Conference USA victory over Tulane Friday night at Turchin
Stadium, salvaging a positive outcome from a stellar tandem pitching
performance that almost went for naught.
Bryan Bass's RBI sacrifice fly drove in Ben Fultz for
the decisive run and validated a masterful outing by ECU starter Jeff
Hoffman and a lockdown relief stint by Drew Reynolds.
Bass's one-out fly to left field followed a double by
Fultz and singles by Garrett Brooks and Nick Thompson.
With Hoffman keeping Tulane's batters off balance
inning after inning, the Pirates had a chance to close out the win in the
But ECU's 2-0 lead slipped away as the Wave leveraged a
single, a double, a fielders choice and throwing errors by shortstop Jack
Reinheimer and first baseman Chase McDonald into two runs to force extra
Hoffman logged 9 2/3 frames, striking out six and
giving up only three hits and two walks.
Reynolds took over from there, whiffing six and nailing
down the triumph with 3 1/3 perfect innings.
Zach Houchins was the Pirates' biggest offensive star
of the day, going 4-for-6 and scoring ECU's first two runs.
Houchins tripled in the second and came in on a
sacrifice fly by McDonald. He belted a solo homer to left in the top of the
ninth, which effectively prevented the Wave from winning with its two-run
rally in the bottom of the inning.
The Pirates out-hit Tulane 14-3, but left 15 runners
stranded on base.
East Carolina put a stop to a two-game losing skid with
the win and improved to 16-18 (2-5 C-USA), while the Green Wave fell to
ECU will go for the series win when the teams face off
Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Due to the potential for rain on Sunday, coaches will
consider moving that day's series finale up by a day, resulting in a
Saturday doubleheader. The decision will be made prior to Saturday's