The Huskies were in that familiar position, hanging on to an urgently needed ballgame by a single strand.
But the last strand in a frayed cable was P.J. Poulin. Sure, East Carolina, ranked ninth in the nation, had the tying run at second and Bryant Packard, hitting .409 to lead the American Athletic Conference, coming to the plate with two out in the eighth.
“P.J. has been our guy all year,” coach Jim Penders said. “And I’ll bet on him any day. You see why he is so special to us.”
Lefty on lefty, Poulin used his signature slider, then pushed Packard off the plate.
“Got two fastballs on the inner half, which was huge,” catcher Zac Susi said. “Maybe got him to...