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The 10th Inning (Jan. 18)

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Hello Pirate Nation!!!!

It's hard to believe, but we are 30 days away from the start of the 2011 baseball season! We know that you love baseball and the Purple and Gold. We're here to help.

With that being said, today we are officially launching "The 10th Inning," blog that will serve as your all-access pass to everything Pirate baseball.

ECU Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations Malcolm Gray will post entries throughout the season providing Pirate updates and insights as Head Coach Billy Godwin and his club take aim on making the school's first-ever trip to OMAHA!!

The Pirates, who have made 10 NCAA Regional appearances in the last 12 seasons, return 23 letterwinners including 2010 Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Year and three-time first-team selection Seth Maness. Joining Maness are all-league performers Zach Woods (2010 Newcomer-of-the-Year/2nd-team), Brad Mincey (2nd-team/ '09), Corey Thompson (2nd-team/ '10), Trent Whitehead (1st-team/ '09) and John Wooten (freshman team/ '10).

Also stepping onto the diamond are 12 new faces, which consist of junior college transfers Michael Ussery (Ohlone) and Timothy Younger (St. Petersburg), as well as 11 true freshmen: Austin Blake, Austin Chrismon, Will Connerley, Ben Fultz, Jonathan Holt, Joshua Lovick, Chase McDonald, Jack Reinheimer, Drew Reynolds and Dario Santangelo.

The Pirates kick off the season on Friday, Feb. 18 when they play host to Youngstown State at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium with a 3 p.m. first pitch scheduled.

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