HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. - The East Carolina University baseball team could learn a thing or two from the school's club baseball program.
The PIrates' club baseball team beat Central Florida, 1-0 in 10 innings, Thursday night to win the Club Baseball World Series. ECU got the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to win the title for the second time.
"We just kept fighting and fighting, holding them to nothing," ECU coach Ben Fox said. "It means a lot to us, it means a lot to me to be able to celebrate this will all the guys. I couldn't ask for anything more.
In the 10th, Tyler Sholar placed a hit into center field and hustled into second when UCF was slow to recover the ball. Nick Venditti then placed a hit to left-center and Sholar scored, sliding into the plate ahead of the tag for the only run.
Tanner Duncan, who pitched all 10 innings in Thursday's win, picked up MVP honors. The fifth-year senior gave up four hits, struck out 14 and walked two for his second win of the World Series.
"I can't put it into words," Duncan said. "Being here with these group of guys, we being together ... some of us for five years ... they worked their tails off to get here."
In 18 innings in the World Series, he gave up five hits, no runs, struck out 23 and walked four.
Below is a YouTube video of the post-game press conference.