Tuscaloosa, Ala.- a late ninth-inning rally came up short for the Golden Eagles (6-7), as they fall to East Carolina 4-2 in game two of the Alabama Classic.
Cam Schiller led ORU offensively with his sixth home run of the season. Schiller has driven in four of the Golden Eagles five runs at the Alabama Classic, and his six home runs are now tied for third in the nation.
Drew Bowen (2-1) pitched well to start the game, but gave up three runs in the sixth-inning to put the Pirates in front for good. Bowen threw 6.0 Innings with three earned runs and three strikeouts.
East Carolina (10-3) has one of the nation's hottest pitching rotations and it showed today. Starter Tyler Joyner (3-0) pitched six innings, allowing one run off five hits and seven strikeouts.
Both team's pitching and defense held through the first inning of play, but with two on and no outs in the second-inning Zach Wright hit a line drive single into centerfield to give East Carolina an early 1-0 lead.
The game turned into a pitching duel and remained scoreless until the sixth-inning, when Cam Schiller got the Golden Eagles on the board with his solo home run.
East Carolina responded with a two out rally in the bottom half of the sixth-inning, knocking in three runs with a two-run double and an RBI single to make it 4-1 East Carolina.
The Golden Eagles rallied in the ninth-inning, putting runners on first and second with one out when Nate Goro stepped up representing the tying run.
Goro hit a single into centerfield, loading the bases for ORU. But Tyler Coker was thrown out at second base.
Schiller stepped up to the plate for his fifth at-bat of the night looking for the go-ahead. Schiller connected well with the ball, but it was caught on the warning track to end the game.
ORU will close out the tournament against Alabama on Sunday at 2 p.m.