ECU Wins American Championship, 6-1 | Beaufort County Now | East Carolina captured the 2022 TicketSmarter American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship with a 6-1 win over Houston Sunday, May 29, at BayCare Ballpark.

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    CLEARWATER, Florida     East Carolina captured the 2022 TicketSmarter American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship with a 6-1 win over Houston Sunday, May 29, at BayCare Ballpark.

    With the win, East Carolina (42-18) earned The American's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. It was the Pirates' 18th-consecutive win, the longest current win streak in the nation and one shy of the conference record.

    It is the Pirates' third tournament championship (2015, 2018, 2022) and ECU is now 3-1 in championship finals. Houston (37-24) is now 2-3 in Championship finals.

    East Carolina struck first as Jacob Jenkins-Cowart, the Championship's Most Outstanding Player, launched an opposite-field 3-run home run to left in the bottom of the first to score Bryson Worrell and Zach Agnos.

    Jenkins-Cowart singled home Worrell in the third and then came around to score on a 2-run double by Jacob Starling to push the lead to 6-0.

    Cameron Nickens singled home Ian McMillan in the seventh for the Cougars.

    Josh Grosz (4-5) picked up the win, allowing one run in 3.2 innings of relief. Logan Clayton (7-4) took the loss, allowing three runs in one inning of work.

    2022 TicketSmarter American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship

    Most Outstanding Player

    Jacob Jenkins-Cowart, East Carolina

    All-Tournament Team

    Ben McCabe, UCF

    Zach Agnos, East Carolina

    Jacob Jenkins-Cowart, East Carolina

    Alec Makarewicz, East Carolina

    C.J. Mayhue, East Carolina

    Bryson Worrell, East Carolina

    Santiago Garcia, Houston

    Ryan Hernandez, Houston

    Jose Torrealba, Houston

    Anthony Tulimero, Houston

    Teo Banks, Tulane
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