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East Carolina edges out Wake Forest in a thrilling, ninth-inning comeback


In a heart-stopping ninth inning, East Carolina Pirates rallied with a dramatic three-run homer to snatch a 9-8 victory from the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, securing their berth in the NCAA Regional Finals.

A Back-and-Forth Battle

The game was a see-saw battle from the outset, with Wake Forest striking first in the opening inning with a solo home run. East Carolina swiftly retaliated with two runs in the second, but the Demon Deacons regained the lead with two more runs in the third.

East Carolina knotted the score once again in the fifth, but Wake Forest surged ahead in the sixth with three more runs, seemingly putting the game out of reach. However, the Pirates remained resilient, chipping away at the lead with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth.

A Ninth-Inning Thriller

As the game entered the ninth inning, Wake Forest held a seemingly comfortable 8-5 lead. But the Pirates had other plans. With two outs and runners on first and second, sophomore shortstop Connor Norby stepped up to the plate.

Norby uncorked a thunderous three-run homer over the left-field wall, shocking the Wake Forest dugout and sending the East Carolina faithful into a frenzy. The Pirates had miraculously pulled off a stunning comeback, securing a 9-8 victory.

Key Moments

  • Wake Forest's Ryan Cusick went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, including a solo homer in the first inning.
  • East Carolina's Norby went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, capped by his game-winning homer in the ninth.
  • ECU's Seth Caddell earned the win in relief, pitching 1.2 innings and allowing only one hit.


The victory propelled East Carolina into the Regional Finals, where they will face the winner of the game between Campbell and Duke. The Demon Deacons, meanwhile, saw their season come to an end with a disappointing loss.

The game showcased the thrilling and unpredictable nature of college baseball, with both teams demonstrating grit, determination, and a never-say-die attitude.

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