Rice eliminated by E. Carolina in C-USA tourney

NEW ORLEANS, LA The Pirates knocked off Rice 4-3 in an elimination game Thursday behind 4 1/3 hitless innings of relief from T.J. Hose.

He struck out five and walked four after taking over for starter Justin Bristow in the fifth inning.

East Carolina scored three runs in the sixth to rally from a 3-1 deficit, keyed by Corey Kemp's 16th homer and RBI singles from Dustin Harrington and Harrison Eldridge.

The fifth-seeded Pirates (40-18) will face the UAB-Houston loser in another elimination game Friday.

Rice (42-13) entered ranked No. 5 nationally by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, but went 0-2 in a league tournament for the first time since 1995.

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