After dropping only its second weekend series of the 2012 campaign, No. 27 East Carolina (27-13-1) hits the road for its lone midweek contest on Wednesday for a matchup with in-state foe No. 10 North Carolina.
The Pirates dropped Friday's contest against No. 7 Rice, 2-0, and were able to collect just one hit against All-American right-hander Matthew Reckling. ECU held 1-0 and 2-1 leads in Saturday afternoon's tilt, but Rice knotted the score in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out home run and claimed a 6-2 decision with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th. Junior Jharel Cotton picked up his conference-best seventh win of the season in Sunday's series finale as the Pirates managed to avoid a sweep with a 4-3 victory. Drew Reynolds collected his eighth save of the season.