CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Brad Mincey allowed one run in five innings of relief and East Carolina beat St. John's 6-4 to advance to the championship of the Charlottesville Regional.
The Pirates (41-20) earned the chance to play top-seeded Virginia (51-9) later Sunday, needing to beat the Cavaliers to earn a winner-take-all game for the regional title Monday night.
Corey Thompson had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Chase McDonald drove in the go-ahead run for the Pirates with an infield grounder in the fifth inning, making it 4-3.
St. John's (36-22) rallied from three runs down to tie it in the fourth, but managed just two hits against Mincey (6-4). The Red Storm scored without a hit against him in the seventh.