CLEARWATER, Fla. – No. 1 seed East Carolina used three home runs on the way to 15-5 win over No. 4 seed Cincinnati in seven innings at the 2022 TicketSmarter American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship Thursday afternoon at BayCare Ballpark.
The Pirates (40-18), who have a nation-leading 16-game win streak, will now face the winner of Friday’s matchup between Tulane and Cincinnati on Saturday, May 28 at 9 a.m. on ESPN+. The Bearcats (24-30) will take on the Green Wave on Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN+.
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East Carolina jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by a 3-run home run by Jacob Jenkins-Cowart.
ECU’s Cam Clonch hit his sixth home run of the year in the fourth before the Bearcats scored four in the fifth to cut the lead to 8-5. The Pirates scored a pair in the bottom of the fifth, including an RBI single by Zach Agnos, who went 4-for-5 on the day.
East Carolina then scored five in the seventh to finish the game. Bryson Worrell hit his 14th home of the year, a 3-run shot to left, to walk off and end the game.
Garrett Saylor (6-3) earned the win after throwing two scoreless innings to end the game. ECU starter Josh Grosz struck out seven in four innings of work. Tristan Weaver (5-6) took the loss for the Bearcats, allowing four runs in a third of an inning.
2022 TicketSmarter American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship
Tuesday, May 24
Game 1: No. 4 Cincinnati 8, No. 5 Tulane 1
Game 2: No. 1 East Carolina 7, No. 8 South Florida 1
Game 3: No. 7 Memphis 7, No. 2 UCF 6
Game 4: No. 3 Houston 10, No. 6 Wichita State 7
Wednesday, May 25
Game 5: Tulane 9, South Florida 6
Game 6: UCF 12, Wichita State 4
Thursday, May 26
Game 7: East Carolina 15, Cincinnati 5 (7 innings)
Game 8: Memphis vs. Houston | 4:49 p.m. | ESPN+
Friday, May 27
Game 9: Tulane vs. Cincinnati | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Game 10: Loser of Game 8 vs. UCF | 47 minutes after Game 9 | ESPN+
Saturday, May 28
Game 11: Winner of Game 9 vs. East Carolina | 9 a.m. | ESPN+
Game 12: Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 10 | 47 minutes after Game 11 | ESPN+
Game 13 (If Necessary): Loser of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 11 | 47 minutes after Game 12 | ESPN+
Game 14 (If Necessary): Loser of Game 12 vs. Winner of Game 12 | 47 minutes after Game 13 | ESPN+
Sunday, May 29
Game 15: Semifinal Winners | Noon | ESPNEWS