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Top 11 Moments of the 2011 Baseball Season Countdown ...

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Heading into the New Year, we will countdown the Top 11 moments of the 2011 Baseball season. The Pirates (41-21) posted their fourth 40-win season and advanced to their third NCAA Regional Final under head coach Billy Godwin, eventually following to College World Series participant and overall No. 1 seed Virginia.

Baseball Closes Out Fall With Blackbeard Challenge

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The East Carolina baseball team completed its Annual Fire of Blackbeard Challenge last week as the 2011 fall practice schedule came to an end, with Bryan Bass, Jake Harris, DeShorn Lake, Jake Reinheimer, Dario Santangelo, Andy Smithmyer, Corey Thompson and Timothy Younger guiding team Red to the Seventh Annual Title. For Bass (2010) and Thompson (2009) it is the second time they have been on the winning team.

After falling in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional Final to overall top seed Virginia to conclude the 2011 baseball campaign, East Carolina head coach Billy Godwin was faced with rebuilding a depleted pitching staff. The Pirate skipper and his staff had to find a way to cope with losing a stable of arms that produced the nation's seventh-best team earned run average (2.67) last season. The group saw five of its members ink professional contracts this offseason and witnessed the departure of All-American Seth Maness. Suddenly, arms were at a premium.

Johnny Narron named hitting coach for Milwaukee Brewers

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Johnny Narron, a former Brewers Minor League coach and manager and the older brother of bench coach Jerry Narron, will fill the post vacated when Sveum was hired to manage the Chicago Cubs. Johnny Narron spent the past five seasons with the Reds and Rangers as an around-the-clock mentor to 2010 American League MVP Josh Hamilton.

Baseball Announces 2012-13 Recruiting Class

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Two junior college players and 10 high school seniors have committed to play baseball at East Carolina University in 2013, head baseball coach Billy Godwin announced today. The latest group of standouts will enroll at ECU in the fall of 2012 and will take the diamond for the Pirates in 2013.

ECU Ranked No. 29 In NCBWA Poll

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Following the conclusion of its 2011 season, the East Carolina baseball team continues to be ranked in the national polls when it garnered a No. 29 ranking by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Tuesday afternoon.

Pirate Trio Named To All-Regional Team

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A trio of underclassmen, who helped East Carolina (41-21) to its fourth NCAA Regional appearance and third Regional Final under head coach Billy Godwin, earned Charlottesville All-Regional honors.

Sophomore John Wooten (Goldsboro, N.C.) was a unanimous selection at first base, while freshmen Ben Fultz (Greensboro, N.C.) was named to one of the outfield spots and Chase McDonald (Greenville, N.C.) was selected as the designated hitter.

Fifteen Pirates Playing Summer Ball

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Fifteen players from the 2011 East Carolina baseball squad that went 41-21, made its fourth NCAA Regional appearance under head coach Billy Godwin and the school's 25th appearance, will be playing summer ball across the country.

Six Pirates Taken in 2011 MLB Draft

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Six East Carolina players were selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft this week marking the second-most Pirates taken in draft (7 in 2004).

Shawn Armstrong (Cleveland Indians), Seth Maness (St. Louis Cardinals), Brad Mincey (Florida Marlins), Mike Wright (Baltimore Orioles), Seth Simmons (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Zach Wright (Philadelphia Phillies) all heard their names called earlier in the week.

Pirates Back In The Polls at No. 30

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - On the heels of a perfect 4-0 week, which included its third non-conference series sweep, the East Carolina baseball team garnered its second national ranking of the 2011 season coming in a No. 30 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).