Jamie Ray's bases-loaded single in the eighth inning scored the go-ahead run and East Carolina rallied for a 9-8 victory over Western Carolina in the N-C-A-A Chapel Hill regional.
Ray's grounder up the middle off closer Greg Holland scored Harrison Eldridge and Ryan Wood. It gave the Pirates their first lead and capped their rally after trailing 8-4.
Corey Kemp's pinch-hit three-run homer in the sixth started the comeback and made it 8-7. Ryan Tousley also homered and had two
R-B-Is for East Carolina, which advanced to a Saturday night game.
Greg Holland, who came on in the seventh, allowed two runs and
three hits in an inning and two-thirds and took his second straight loss for the Catamounts.
Jason Neitz came on in the seventh inning and worked an inning
and two-thirds of shutout relief for his first victory since April
13th. Closer Shane Mathews pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th
ECU advances to Face top seed and host team North Carolina Saturday at 5pm.
Dustin Sasser will be the starting pitcher for ECU while Greenville native Alex White will start on the mound for the Tar Heels.
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