NEW ORLEANS – Carter Spivey tossed a career-high 7.1 innings of relief with seven strikeouts, while East Carolina belted four home runs in an 8-3 series-tying win over Tulane Saturday afternoon in American Athletic Conference play.
With the win the Pirates improved to 24-16 overall and 8-3 in league play and the Green Wave dropped to 25-14-1 and 7-4.
Spivey (3-0) entered the game in the second inning with the Pirates trailing 2-1 and a runner on first base. The right-hander got a fly ball to end the frame and then retired 13 straight until the top of the seventh inning. Bennett Lee reached on an infield single to begin the inning and then was erased on a double play two batters later. At one point, Spivey had 19-up and 19-down going to the ninth. In all, Spivey scattered three hits, allowed one run (unearned) and struck out one as he tied his career-high with seven strikeouts. Starter CJ. Mayhue allowed two runs (both earned) on two hits with one strikeout before passing the ball to Spivey.
Chandler Welch (4-1) suffered the loss allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits with a walk and four punchouts over four innings. The Green Wave used three arms in relief getting outings from Carter Robinson (1.0 IP, 2 Hs, 1 R, 1 K), Kyle Beaty (3.0 IP, 2 Hs, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 Ks) and Jonah Wachter (1.0 IP, 2 BBs).
Jacob Jenkins-Cowart hit the first of his two home runs on the day in the first inning giving ECU an early 1-0 lead with his shot to right-center.
Tulane responded in the home half of the first on back-to-back home runs from Luis Aviles (left-center) and Jackson Linn (right-center) for a 2-1 advantage.
Cam Clonch’s fourth home run of the season highlighted a four-run third inning giving the Pirates a 5-2 lead. Bryson Worrell plated Zach Agnos on an infield single down the first-base line and with the bases juiced, Jacob Starling drew a walk plating Lane Hoover. Worrell would score on a passed ball later in the stanza accounting for all four runs.
ECU added two runs in the fifth thanks to back-to-back home runs by Jenkins-Cowart and Worrell pushing the lead to 7-2.
Starling’s bases-loaded hit by pitch in the seventh Jenkins-Cowart and the Green Wave finally scratched a run across on Spivey in the ninth when Chase Englehard reached on a throwing error.
Offensively, ECU tallied 11 hits getting three each from Jenkins-Cowart and Worrell. A trio of Pirates in Jenkins-Cowart, Starling and Worrell plated two runs apiece.
ECU and Tulane will close out the series on Sunday, April 24 with a 1 p.m. (ET) scheduled first pitch and will be streamed on ESPN+.