East Carolina starting pitcher Jimmy Boyd gave up five runs in 2 1/3 innings as the Pirates were eliminated from the American Athletic Conference tournament in a 5-4 loss to Memphis.
Boyd gave up five hits and had two wild pitches in the outing. He gave up a two-run homer to Darius Tubbs in the first inning and a two-RBI single to Jacob Elliott in the bottom of the third before being relieved by Sam Lanier.
Travis Watkins, Garrett Brooks and Eric Tyler all went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
The Pirates (34-21-1) had their best opportunity to tie the game in the fifth inning, when trailing 5-2. Parker Lamm and Charlie Yorgen were both hit by pitches and Turner Brown walked with one out to load the bases.
Watkins singled and Lamm scored to make the score 5-3 but Brooks grounded into a double play to end the threat.
East Carolina loaded the bases again in the eighth inning with one out. Kirk Morgan hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Watkins but pinch hitter Zack Mozingo struck out to end the inning.
Lanier pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief with six strikeouts. Matt Bridges pitched the eighth inning and gave up just one hit.
Alex Hicks pitched three innings of relief for Memphis to get the win. He gave up one run on three hits and struck out two. Nolan Blackwood got the final five outs for the save.