In a much needed sweep of Connecticut, East Carolina put themselves in position to take the lead of the American Athletic Conference. Now at second place in the standings, the Pirates can possibly finish first in the conference in its final two conference series of the regular season.
Going into the series against South Florida this weekend, the Pirates are second in the American, only behind Tulane. The Green Wave are 11-5 in conference play, while the Pirates are 11-6-1. In the beginning of April Tulane took two of three against ECU.
Winners of five straight, and nine of its last 10 games, Tulane will face Houston and Memphis in its final two regular season series. While Memphis is at the bottom of the conference standings, Houston is tied for fourth with an 8-9 record. This season Houston and Tulane split a two game series at the end of April.
For the Pirates, its final two series will be against South Florida and Central Florida. Both Florida teams are at the bottom of the conference standings and have below .500 records. First the Pirates will host South Florida.
At home ECU boasts a 19-8-1 record, which is favorable for the Pirates considering the Bulls have only won four away games all season. The last five games have not gone well for the Bulls either, as they have lost five straight, including a sweep by the Green Wave. The first game of the Pirates-Bulls series is Friday at 6:30 p.m.
After a midweek game against Campbell, the Pirates will travel to Orlando, Florida to take on the Knights. Before its series against Cincinnati, the Knights seemed to be on a downward trend. Then the Knights scored 20 runs combined in the first two games to take the series over the Bearcats. This weekend Central Florida travels to Storrs, Connecticut.
With the Pirates taking on two teams in the bottom half of the league, it is possible to take possession of first place as the regular season wraps up. But it will be tough to get past the red-hot Green Wave.