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On the heels of Jay Cannon's walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth against Penn State on Friday, Mar. 16, the Pirates found themselves once again in a dogfight with the Nittany Lions in game two of the three game series at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Jeff Hoffman splashed onto the collegiate season as a true freshman in 2012 where he posted a 3-2 record with a 3.67 ERA in 73.2 innings and 55 strikeouts on his way to Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors.

No. 3 - Brandt Tosses Four Complete Games

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If there was one pitcher on the team last year that just had bad luck despite his pitching performances on the mound, senior Kevin Brandt was that guy. The left-hander from Fuquay-Varina, N.C. tossed four complete games to lead the club and Conference USA - all in losing efforts.

No. 4 - Cotton And Reinheimer vs. UCF (Mar. 25)

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Though ECU claimed just one victory in the opening Conference USA series against No. 19 UCF in late March, the Pirates shined in their lone appearance on national television walking away with a 15-6 win at Jay Bergman Field.

Every year before the start of the baseball season, one player is chosen at the annual "Meet the Pirates" fan session to wear East Carolina's honorary No. 23 jersey and on Jan. 28, senior Timothy Younger became the ninth recipient to earn the highest honor in the baseball program.

Drew Reynolds had perhaps the best week of his young career during the 2012 DRASH Alabama Classic helping the Pirates to three wins and the tournament title.

Opening Day is the start of all things new. It's a chance to wipe the slate clean from the previous season and start fresh.

John Wooten etched his name in the Pirate record books following a stellar junior campaign in which he became the 15th player in school history - first since Darryl Lawhorn in 2003 - to claim the Triple Crown.

No. 9 - Timothy Younger vs. Houston (Apr. 5-7, 2012)

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East Carolina senior Timothy Younger produced his best weekend of baseball when he and the Pirates played host to Houston in early April at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Pirate Nation - now that we are 19 days away from the start of the 2013 season, we have decided to kick off the 10th Inning blog with a countdown of Top 10 moments from the 2012 season. Each day we will add a new post as we get closer to the season opener against nationally-ranked Virginia (Feb. 15 at 3 p.m.).

After dropping only its second weekend series of the 2012 campaign, No. 27 East Carolina (27-13-1)  hits the road for its lone midweek contest on Wednesday for a matchup with in-state foe No. 10 North Carolina.

The Pirates dropped Friday's contest against No. 7 Rice, 2-0, and were able to collect just one hit against All-American right-hander Matthew Reckling. ECU held 1-0 and 2-1 leads in Saturday afternoon's tilt, but Rice knotted the score in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out home run and claimed a 6-2 decision with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th. Junior Jharel Cotton picked up his conference-best seventh win of the season in Sunday's series finale as the Pirates managed to avoid a sweep with a 4-3 victory. Drew Reynolds collected his eighth save of the season.

After shutting out UNC Wilmington three weeks ago in the Port City, the Pirates were unable to capture a season sweep of their instate rival as the Seahawks stormed into Greenville and claimed a convincing 10-1 triumph over ECU in Tuesday night's non-conference matchup.

East Carolina (25-11-1) freshman right-hander Jeff Hoffman entered the contest having tossed 19 consecutive scoreless innings, but the visitors solved the 6-foot-4 flamethrower in the top of the second as Corey Dick blasted a towering three-run round-tripper to stake UNCW (21-16) to a 3-0 advantage.

Here's more insight into the Pirates' setback...

So Far, So Good

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East Carolina featured one of the nation's deepest and most efficient pitching staffs in 2011, finishing the campaign with the nation's seventh-lowest team ERA.

Apparently, scouts were paying close attention to the dominance on the mound as five Pirate hurlers were selected last June in the MLB Draft.

Mike Wright was selected by the Baltimore Orioles early in the third round while Maness was the next member of last year's vaunted rotation to hear his name called - in the 11th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Right-hander Shawn Armstrong was taken in the 18th round by the Cleveland Indians while Brad Mincey became a Florida Marlin 10 rounds later in the 28th. Finally, ECU's all-time leader in saves, Seth Simmons, was picked by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 40th round.

Thus far in 2012, each organization has every reason to be excited about their June selection.

Here's how Wright, Maness, Armstrong, Mincey and Simmons have fared during the early stages of their professional careers... 

Tuesday Preview: No. 24 East Carolina vs. UNCW

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Fresh off its third consecutive Conference USA series win, East Carolina returns home for a pair of midweek contests before hitting the road once again, this time for a league set at Rice.

ECU (25-10-1, 8-3-1) hosts UNC Wilmington (20-16) on Tuesday evening while William & Mary makes the trek to Greenville Wednesday.

Here's more insight into Tuesday's contest with the Seahawks...

No. 24 East Carolina hit the road last weekend for a three-game set with Memphis. After claiming a 5-2 victory in Friday night's contest, the Pirates dropped a decision on Saturday afternoon, 5-2.

The Pirates responded on Sunday by scoring 14 runs behind a solid effort from starter Jharel Cotton (6-0) as ECU seized its third consecutive Conference USA series win.

Here's more insight into the weekend set...

On a night when East Carolina (24-9-1, 7-2-1) committed three errors and collected just three hits through six innings, it must feel fortunate to have walked away from FedExPark with a 5-2 victory over Memphis (15-19, 5-5) Friday night in a critical Conference USA series.

Senior lefty Kevin Brandt didn't have his best stuff in the opener of the three-game set, but the Pirates were able to muster just enough offense off Memphis starter Dan Langfield and added a pair of insurance runs late to preserve the victory.

Here's more insight into Friday's contest...

Weekend Preview: No. 24 East Carolina at Memphis

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No. 24 East Carolina (23-9-1, 6-2-1 Conference USA) hits the road for a league series at Memphis (15-18, 5-4) beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. (EST).

The Pirates and Tigers will jockey for position in the top-half of the conference standings as Memphis drastically improved its place with a sweep last weekend against Marshall.

Both clubs are coming off midweek losses as ECU dropped a 3-2 decision against Old Dominion while Arkansas State handed UM a 4-2 loss Wednesday night.

Here's more insight into this weekend's three-game set...

Last Saturday's tie with Houston left the Pirate faithful with a sour taste in its mouth. Following the draw - a contest marked by a severe lack of drama - No. 24 East Carolina returned to the diamond Tuesday night and enjoyed one of its more dramatic victories in recent memory.

John Wooten plated Tim Younger with a go-ahead sacrifice fly to center field in the top of the tenth inning to give East Carolina a 3-2 triumph over Elon at Latham Park.

But it wasn't your typical 10th inning tilt. Here's more insight into the first of back-to-back midweek clashes for the Purple and Gold...

Midweek Preview: No. 24 East Carolina at Elon

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No. 24 East Carolina is coming off a midweek victory over UNC Wilmington and a series victory over Conference USA foe Houston last weekend as it faces a pair of non-conference opponents Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tomorrow's matchup pits the Pirates against Elon and the club returns to the friendly confines of Clark-LeClair Stadium on Wednesday seeking a season sweep of Old Dominion.

Here's more insight into Tuesday's tilt...

Preview: No. 27 East Carolina vs. Houston

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Coming off a 5-0 victory over in-state rival UNC Wilmington Tuesday night, No. 27 East Carolina (20-8, 4-2 Conference USA) welcomes Houston to Greenville for a three-game series beginning Thursday at 6 p.m.

Houston is on the heels of a 4-1 win over McNeese State, but the Cougars have dropped six of their last eight games, dropping to 11-16 overall and 1-5 in league play.

Here's more insight into the Easter weekend showdown...

No. 30 East Carolina (19-8, 4-2), fresh off a weekend sweep of Conference USA foe UAB, heads to the Port City on Tuesday for midweek action against in-state rival UNC Wilmington.

The Seahawks are winners of seven of their last nine and also find themselves on the heels of a three-game sweep. UNCW knocked off Old Dominion on three straight days, improving to 15-12 and 10-2 in league play - a ledger that places the 'Hawks in first place in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Here's more insight into Tuesday night's showdown...

No. 30 East Carolina (19-8, 4-2 Conference USA) defeated UAB, 6-5, in 13 innings on Sunday afternoon to capture its first sweep of a league opponent thus far in 2012.

The Pirates used a furious three-run rally in the ninth to send the game into extra frames before Ben Fultz delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly to center field in the 13th to give ECU the victory and the sweep.

UAB fell to 17-12 overall, while its league record dropped to 2-4.

Here's more insight into all three weekend games...

East Carolina returns to the diamond this evening to kickoff a three-game series with the visiting UAB Blazers.

The Pirates are coming off an extra-inning setback at the hands of N.C. State on Wednesday night after dropping their first Conference USA series of the 2012 campaign last weekend at UCF.

UAB claimed its league-opening set against Marshall. Here's more insight into ECU's first home C-USA series of the year...

Tarran Senay hit an RBI single to right field in the bottom of the 11th inning to give N.C. State a 4-3 victory over East Carolina Wednesday night at Doak Field in Raleigh.

The Pirates drop to 16-8 on the year while the Wolfpack improves to 17-5.

Here's more insight into the midweek thriller...

Wednesday Preview: East Carolina at N.C. State

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After dropping two of three this past weekend on the road against No. 19 UCF, East Carolina (16-7) looks to respond by claiming the season series over in-state rival N.C. State on Wednesday night in Raleigh.

The Wolfpack (16-6) suffered setbacks in games two and three of its series with No. 5 North Carolina this weekend, including a 7-4 loss in last night's nationally-televised ESPNU Game of the Week.

Here's more insight into the the midweek clash...

After Tuesday night's 6-5 victory over in-state rival No. 11 North Carolina State,  No. 25 East Carolina hits the road Wednesday for another contest versus a foe from the Tar Heel State.

The Pirates will take on High Point before traveling to Orlando this weekend for their Conference USA opening series against UCF, which is ranked among the nation's top-20 teams.

NOTE: Due to back-to-back midweek contests, the preview for ECU's tilt against the Panthers will not include totals from the East Carolina vs. N.C. State matchup. The High Point Panthers did not play on Tuesday as their game against Appalachian State was postponed due to inclement weather.

Here's more insight as East Carolina looks to pick up a win at Williard Stadium...

No. 25 East Carolina (15-4) scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and held off Wolfpack rallies in the seventh and ninth innings to claim a 6-4 victory over one of the nation's hottest clubs in No. 11 N.C. State.

Jeff Hoffman recorded his first career start on the mound as a collegiate and overcame three runs in the second by The Pack (15-4) to notch a solid debut on the bump. He lasted five innings allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits.

Here's more insight into the Pirates' dramatic one-run victory over their in-state rival...

After sweeping Penn State last weekend, No. 25 East Carolina welcomes No. 18 NC State to Greenville on Tuesday for a midweek clash.

The in-state rivals have not squared off since the Wolfpack claimed a 4-2 victory over ECU Apr. 5, 2011 in Raleigh.

NCSU enters the tilt winners of its last six, a streak which includes five triumphs over teams ranked among the nation's top-35 clubs (Georgia Tech and Wake Forest).

The Pirates are ranked No. 25 in the latest Perfect Game poll and have won six of their last seven contests and nine of the last 11.

Here's more insight into Tuesday night's showdown...

East Carolina continued its winning ways Sunday with a come-from-behind 7-4 victory over Penn State as it captured its third win in as many days over the Nittany Lions.

The Pirates (14-4) trailed by two runs heading into the bottom of the seventh, but used six walks to grab a 6-4 lead before adding another run in the eighth to cap the scoring.

Here's more insight into the victory...

Inside Saturday's Box Score: Comeback Recap

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East Carolina staged a furious ninth-inning rally to tie the game and eventually beat Penn State, 6-5, in the 10th to grab a series victory over the Nittany Lions Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

The Pirates improved to 13-4 on the season while PSU moved to 3-13.

Here's more insight into the comeback...

Jay Cannon clubbed a walk-off solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give East Carolina a 5-4 victory over Penn State Friday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

After East Carolina posted a pair of runs in both the second and third innings to grab a 4-0 advantage, Penn State rallied and eventually tied the score in the top of the ninth as Montesinos crossed home after a wild pitch by Drew Reynolds.

Here's more insight into the dramatic series opener...

After dropping a midweek non-conference matchup against VCU Tuesday night, the Pirates welcome Penn State to Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium for a three-game set.

The Nittany Lions (3-11) will head home after their stay in Greenville after opening the season with 17 consecutive games outside of State College.

Here's more insight into the St. Patrick's Day weekend series...

Inside Tuesday's Box Score: VCU 18, ECU 11

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VCU (11-6) exploded for six runs in the sixth inning to break a 6-6 tie on its way to a 18-11 victory over ECU in a slugfest Tuesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

The Pirates (11-4) fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first, but responded emphatically with five runs in the bottom half of the opening stanza to grab an early advantage.

However, VCU's offense - led by Bill Cullen and Joey Cujas - knotted the score at 5 in the second frame setting the tone for its outburst at the plate in a matchup of former Colonial Athletic Association foes.

Here's more insight into ECU's setback at the hands of the Rams...

East Carolina has won six of its last seven games - including three wins in last weekend's DRASH Alabama Classic - and looks to continue the impressive streak with a Tuesday tilt against former Colonial Athletic Association foe Virginia Commonwealth at 5 p.m. (ET).

The Rams are coming off their first conference series of the 2012 campaign as they took two of three from Towson.

Here's more insight into today's matchup...

East Carolina Caps Perfect Weekend

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The Pirates could not have started their road trip to Alabama on a more negative note.

Following an 8-2 setback against Troy on Wednesday night, ECU headed into the weekend against three quality opponents - one which was ranked in the nation's top-15 - with a lopsided loss under its belt.

The trio of weekend contests could not have been more different than Wednesday's fiasco at Troy.

With a 9-4 victory over No. 20 Louisville on Sunday afternoon, the Pirates capped a perfect 3-0 weekend and head into the middle of March with an impressive 11-3 record.

Here's more insight into the Pirates three victory over No. 20 Louisville in the finale of the DRASH Classic.

Pirates Pick Up Pair Of Weekend Victories

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East Carolina defeated Alabama, 3-1, in day one of the DRASH Alabama Baseball Classic and followed by handling Oral Roberts, 4-2, on Saturday.

The Pirates moved to 10-3 on the year and they cap tournament action with an 11 a.m. (ET) contest against No. 14 Louisville on Sunday. Junior right-hander and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands native Jharel Cotton will toe the rubber for ECU while Louisville counters with Travis Tingle. Both hurlers enter the tilt with 2-0 records.

Here's more insight into the victories over Alabama and Oral Roberts as well as additional coverage of tomorrow's game against the Cardinals.

East Carolina won its second consecutive one-run contest with a 2-1 triumph over Stony Brook at a rain-soaked Lewis Field on Saturday night.

The Pirates got another strong performance on the mound from junior Tyler Joyner and Philip Clark delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to claim the series win over the Seawolves.

Here's more insight into the victory...
Featuring two of the most highly-decorated active pitchers in the NCAA, Friday night's showdown between defending America East Champion Stony Brook and No. 30 East Carolina lived up to its billing. In a game that lasted just one hour and 52 minutes, the marquee matchup between ECU's Kevin Brandt and Seawolve ace Tyler Johnson was as good as advertised.

Brandt, a native of Fuquay Varina, turned in his best performance of the year against one of the most dangerous teams on the Pirates' 2012 schedule. The southpaw overwhelmed SBU as he tossed eight scoreless innings giving up just four hits and walking two. He was very democratic in his work retiring four batters by strikeout, eight by flyout and 12 via the groundout.

Here are some news and notes from Friday's shutout victory...

After dropping two of three contests in last weekend's Keith LeClair Classic, the Pirates (5-2) look to revert back to their winning ways as they welcome Stony Brook to Greenville on Friday.

SBU enters the contest with a perfect 4-0 record after dispatching Alabama State (twice) and Nicholls State (twice) to begin the 2012 campaign.

Here's some insight into the series...

Keith LeClair Classic: ECU vs. Maryland (Preview)

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East Carolina looks to improve to 6-1 this afternoon when it clashes with Maryland in the LeClair Classic finale. Maryland has been impressive thus far in 2012. The Terrapins opened the campaign with a road series win at UCLA. They have knocked off Western Carolina (3-0) and Purdue (11-1) to improve their record to 4-1.

With a Pirate win today, both teams will finish the tournament with a 2-1 record.

Here's more news and notes for today's ECU vs. Maryland game...

Inside Saturday's Box Scores (Feb. 25, 2012)

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East Carolina earned a split in a pair of contests on Saturday at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Purdue (4-1) knocked off the Pirates (5-1) by a score of 6-4 in the tournament opener for both teams.

The Pirates overcame an early deficit by plating three runs in the sixth against Western Carolina later in the afternoon en route to a 3-1 victory.

Here's more insight into today's games...

East Carolina heads into this weekend's Keith LeClair Classic sporting a 4-0 record, its best start since the 2009 season.

This year's tournament features four teams (ECU, Western Carolina, Maryland and Purdue) with a combined 13-1 ledger. Maryland is the only team with a loss, but the Terrapins collected an impressive series win last weekend on the road against UCLA.

The Pirates square off against Purdue in today's second game. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET.

Here's more insight into the contest... 

Inside Wednesday's Box Score (Feb. 22, 2012)

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John Wooten belted a go-ahead, two-run home run in the sixth inning and East Carolina tacked on four insurance runs in the ninth as it defeated Old Dominion 10-4 in the 2012 road opener.

With the game knotted at four, Wooten delivered the decisive blow on an 0-1 offering from ODU's Erick Baker. The blast gave ECU a 6-4 advantage, a lead it would not relinquish.

The Pirates move to 4-0 for the first time since the 2009 campaign.

Here's more insight into Wednesday's victory...

East Carolina opened its 2012 season in impressive fashion with a three-game sweep of Milwaukee. The Pirates look to stay undefeated and move to 4-0 for the first time since 2009.

ECU will face a familar opponent, former Colonial Athletic Association foe Old Dominion. The Monarchs defeated the Pirates 7-4 at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium in last year's only meeting between the two schools.

Here's more insight into Wednesday's road opener in Norfolk...

Reynolds Shines in Sweep

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 The 2012 East Carolina baseball team began the season with many question marks. Its most pressing concern was replacing a pitching staff which saw the departure of two weekend starters and a handful of big arms in the bullpen.

Seth Simmons was one of five hurlers selected in last summer's MLB Amateur Draft. The loss of the all-time leader in saves at ECU left the backend of the 'pen with a gaping hole.

Several names emerged in the offseason as to who would fill the void in Simmons' absence.

The Pirates may have found their stopper in a convincing sweep of Milwaukee.

Inside Saturday's Box Score (Feb. 18, 2012)

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East Carolina began the 2012 campaign in impressive fashion as it earned a series sweep over Milwaukee with two victories on Saturday. In the first game of the doubleheader, Jharel Cotton provided the Pirates with a quality start to go along with a trio of home runs as the offense exploded late on the way to a 16-1 victory. In the second game of the twin-billing, ECU overcame a three-run deficit by plating four runs in the bottom of the seventh on its way to a 6-3 victory.

Here's more insight into the pair of victories...

Inside Friday's Box Score (Feb. 17, 2012)

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On Friday, East Carolina's baseball team knocked off Milwaukee-Wisconsin 4-0 in the 2012 season opener. Senior southpaw Kevin Brandt threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings while Jack Reinheimer, Philip Clark, John Wooten and Tim Younger each collected a pair of hits.

Here a few things you might have missed in yesterday's victory:


Pirate Trio Named Preseason All-Conference USA

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East Carolina seniors Kevin Brandt (LHP), Corey Thompson (INF) and Zach Wright (C) have been named preseason First-Team All-Conference USA, as chosen by the league's nine head coaches.

Austin Homan Named Baseball Director Of Operations

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Former Pirate and two-time honorary No. 23 jersey recipient Austin Homan has been named Director of Baseball Operations at East Carolina University head coach Billy Godwin announced on Wednesday. Homan replaces Brian Cavanaugh who resigned in early January to take a teaching position within the university in the health and education department.

East Carolina University baseball fans will get their first chance to meet the 2012 Pirates up close and personal on Saturday, January 28, as ECU hosts its 12th Annual "Meet the Pirates" luncheon.

After counting down the Top 11 moments of the 2011 season, ECU's first-ever series sweep against Tulane is our choice for the top moment of the season. After winning just seven games in the previous 25 meetings between the two clubs, ECU posted a road series sweep of Tulane and then captured its fourth win of the season against the Green Wave in the 2011 Conference USA Championships.

When you think of signature come from behind wins in East Carolina baseball history, Pirate fans will always bring up the 10-9 victory over South Carolina in the Greenville Regional Final on June 1, 2009. But in 2011, the most exciting game of the year was undoubtedly the series opener at Houston on April 21, where the Pirates topped the Cougars 5-4 in 12 innings.

One of East Carolina's top pitching performances of the season came against No. 19 Southern Miss at the 2011 Conference USA Baseball Championships in Pearl, Miss. Senior Seth Maness (9-3) tossed his sixth career complete game (fourth of the season) in a two-hit shutout against the Golden Eagles.

While the 2011 Pirates recorded 12 wins in their final at bat (seven walk off victories), one of the most memorable of the season came against Marshall on May 6 at Appalachian Power Park in game one of the three game series in Charleston, W. Va.

The Conference USA Baseball Tournament found a new home in 2011 as the four-day event was moved to a stationary site in Pearl, Miss., at Trustmark Park, home of the Mississippi Braves. All three of ECU's games in the eight-team event were exciting as the Pirates posted a 2-1 record and narrowly missed playing in the championship game.

When looking back on the 2011 season, the one thing that stands out is just how dominate the pitching staff was for the Pirates. Under the direction of first year pitching coach Dan Roszel, the Pirates posted the seventh lowest ERA in the country (2.27) and had three hurlers rank in the Top 54 nationally in ERA.

Every year before the start of the baseball season, one player is chosen at the annual "Meet the Pirates" fan session to wear East Carolina's honorary No. 23 jersey and on Feb. 5, senior Austin Homan became the first two-time recipient and eighth Pirate to wear the honorary No. 23 jersey.

No. 8 - Kevin Brandt strikes out 12 against Rutgers

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Junior Kevin Brandt rebounded from subpar season in 2010 posting a 7-3 record (second-most wins) with 63 strikeouts to 27 walks in 91.2 innings and boasting a 2.26 ERA, which ranked third in Conference USA. He struck out at least five batters in six of his 19 appearances and against Rutgers on March 20, fanned a career-best 12 batters securing a season sweep with a 6-0 shutout win over Scarlet Knights.

No. 9 - Zach Wright hits three game-winning home runs

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Over the last two seasons, Zach Wright has led the Pirates in home runs belting 30 during his three-year career, which includes four grand slams. While he ranks among the all-time leaders in school history in both categories, Wright seems to have a knack for hitting home runs when the game is on the line.

No. 10 - ECU scores 20 runs on 20 hits against UNCW

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The series between ECU and UNC Wilmington is one that dates back to 1965 when the Pirates topped the Seahawks 5-1. The former Coastal Athletic Association foes have played 125 times heading into the 2012 season, with the Pirates owning an all-time series record of 71-54.

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).

Zach Woods Named C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week

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IRVING, Texas - East Carolina senior Zach Woods was named Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week league officials announced Monday. For Woods it is his second career honor and ECU's third of the season (Seth Maness/Mar. 7, Kevin Brandt/Mar. 21).

The 10th Inning (Week 13 Recap)

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East Carolina recorded its third non-conference series sweep over the weekend and posted a perfect 4-0 week improving its record to 34-17. The Pirates pitching staff tossed a pair of shutouts and allowed just two runs in four games sporting a 0.50 ERA.

The 10th Inning (Week 12 Recap)

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East Carolina recorded its fourth Conference USA series win taking 2 of 3 games from Marshall over the weekend. The Pirates used a pair of impressive ninth inning rallies including erasing a six-run deficit in the series opener scoring five two-out runs. On Sunday, the Pirates scored three runs in the top half of the ninth for its 30th win of the season when Jonathan Holt crossed home on a suicide squeeze off the bat of Philip Clark.

The 10th Inning (Week 11 Recap)

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East Carolina managed to salvage game three of the Conference USA series against No. 15 Southern Miss over the weekend, 7-6. In arguably their most difficult week of the season, the Pirates hosted four games against nationally-ranked teams going 1-3. Seth Maness (6-3, 1.93 ERA) picked up the lone win in his return back to the mound tossing four scoreless innings Sunday afternoon, while John Wooten led the club with a .467 (7-for-15) average.

The 10th Inning (Week 10 Recap)

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East Carolina picked up its second-straight Conference USA series win over the weekend at Houston. Seth Simmons (5-1, 0.41 ERA) and Shawn Armstrong (2-1, 4.26 ERA) notched wins for the Pirates over the Cougars, while senior Trent Whitehead led the team offensively with a .474 average where he was 9-for-19 with two home runs and a team-best eight RBI.

The Pirates have arguably their most difficult week of the season approaching as they will travel to former Colonial Athletic Association foe Old Dominion for a Tuesday night game, before returning to Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium for the first of four consecutive games against nationally ranked teams (North Carolina/April 27 and Southern Miss/April 29-May 1).

The 10th Inning (Week Nine Recap)

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East Carolina picked up its second series win in Conference USA action this past weekend taking a home series from UCF. Seth Maness (5-3, 2.05 ERA) and Kevin Brandt (5-0, 1.38 ERA) notched wins for the Pirates over the Knights, while freshman Jack Reinheimer led the team offensively with a .526 average where he was 10-for-19 with a team-best four RBI.

The Pirates have a yet another difficult week as they will play four games in five days which includes a Tuesday night match-up at home against instate rival UNC Wilmington (6 p.m. EST) before heading to Houston, Texas for a three-game league series against Houston that starts Thursday, April 21 (7:30 p.m. EST).

The 10th Inning (Academic Honors)

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A program-best 19 ECU baseball players were named to the 2010-11 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll the league announced on Tuesday, April. 12.

The 10th Inning (Week Seven Recap)

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East Carolina managed to record just a pair of wins on the week defeating Elon 7-0 at home during midweek action before taking the series finale from No. 21 Rice, 7-3. The Pirates' three losses were by a combined five runs falling to instate rival N.C. State 4-2 and dropping the first two games of a three-game Conference USA series to the Owls 2-1 and 5-3 in 10 innings.

The Pirates have another big week ahead of them as they travel to instate rival and sixth-ranked North Carolina for a midweek game (6 p.m. EST) and then welcome in UCF for a three-game league series starting Friday, April 15 at 6 p.m. (EST).

Kevin Brandt Named To National All-Star Lineup

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East Carolina junior Kevin Brandt was named to the College Baseball Foundation National All-Star Team the organization announced on March 24. For Brandt it is his second career honor and first of the 2011 season.

Little League Day Scheduled For March 26

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The East Carolina University Athletics office has announced that Saturday, March 26 has been designated as Little League Day at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Kevin Brandt Named C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week

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IRVING, Texas - A pair of outstanding pitching performances this week have earned East Carolina junior LHP Kevin Brandt the Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week award for the period ending Mar. 20 the league office announced Monday.

The 10th Inning (Week Five Recap)

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The East Carolina baseball team capped off a perfect 5-0 week picking up wins against Elon and Buffalo during midweek action and a three-game non-conference series sweep of Rutgers at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

On the week, the ECU pitching staff tossed its fifth shutout of the season, allowed 11 runs (six earned) and lowered its team ERA to a national leading 1.67. Brad Mincey registered two wins on the week, while Kevin Brandt, Seth Simmons and Mike Wright each collected one. ECU will take a break from action during the week and will be back on the diamond this weekend when it welcomes Memphis to town to open Conference USA play on Friday, March 25.

The 10th Inning (Week Four Recap)

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The East Carolina baseball team is coming off a 4-1 week where they picked up wins against Campbell (3-2), High Point (5-4), Monmouth (4-3) and Rutgers (5-0). The Pirates' (11-4) lone loss was against Liberty, 2-0, in the Eighth Annual LeClair Classic Finale.

On the week, the ECU pitching staff registered its fourth shutout of the season, allowed 11 runs (eight earned) and lowered its team ERA to a Conference USA best 1.87. ECU has another tough week ahead playing five games in six days before they enter C-USA action March 25-27 when they play host to Memphis.

The 10th Inning (Week Three Recap)

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The East Carolina baseball team continued its stellar play over the weekend picking up a series win over nationally recognized Pepperdine. The Pirates (7-3) lost a heartbreaker during game one of the doubleheader 5-4 in extra innings, but rebounded with a solid 7-4 win in the night cap. On the weekend, ECU hurlers allowed nine runs (all earned) and enter this week's action with a Conference USA best 2.00 team ERA.

The 10th Inning (Godwin On Radio)

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East Carolina Head Baseball Coach Billy Godwin will make a guest appearance on the Jeff Lebo Radio Call-In Show Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. Coach Godwin, who is filling in for Coach Lebo as the men's basketball team travels to El Paso, Texas for the 2011 Buick Conference USA Championship, will be joined by host Chris Hemeyer live from Logan's Roadhouse in Greenville and will feature in-depth game-by-game analysis from Godwin and a question-and-answer segment for fans.

The 10th Inning (Week Two Recap)

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The East Carolina baseball team was able to salvage a win against No. 10 Virginia earning a 4-3 victory in the series finally. On the season the Pirates own a 4-2 record, its fourth winning record through six games since the 2004. Despite surrendering 17 runs (six earned) on the weekend, ECU's hurlers boast a Conference USA best 1.56 team ERA.

The 10th Inning (ECU-UVa Preview)

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ECU will get its first true test of the season when they travel to No. 10 Virginia for a three-game series. Both teams enter the weekend riding stellar pitching as the Pirates boast an impressive 1.00 ERA, while the Cavaliers' hurlers have a 2.50 ERA.

The 10th Inning (Week One Recap)

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The East Carolina baseball team is off to a 3-0 start following a series opening sweep of Youngstown State at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. After one weekend the strength of the squad looks to be the pitching staff, who surrendered just three runs in 27.0 innings, while the starting trio of Seth Maness, Zach Woods and Mike Wright allowed just one in 17 innings - a lead off home run in the season opener.

The 10th Inning (Opening Weekend)

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It's hard to believe in less than two hours the East Carolina baseball team will be playing their final game of the opening weekend series against Youngstown State.

The 10th Inning (Season Preview Part II)

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It's OFFICIALLY OPENING DAY and what beautiful weather we have today as the East Carolina opens 2011 play at home against Youngstown State.

The 10th Inning (Season Preview Part I)

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After an uncharacteristic season a year ago in which the East Carolina baseball team posted a 32-27 (.542) record, sixth-year head coach Billy Godwin and his staff will look to 21 returning letterwinners to steer the Pirate ship back into post-season play.

The 10th Inning (Media's No. 23 Revealed)

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One of the longest evenings in a Sports Information Director (SID) career is when he/she starts putting together media credential packets for the start of their respective sports seasons. After collecting faxes and emails from our local media contingents over the past month, today was that day for me. It's actually a pretty entertaining time as I start getting pumped up for the upcoming baseball season, which is now just FOUR days away.

The 10th Inning (Preseason Honors Continue)

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Well game week is officially here!!!

Around the country nearly all 292 Division I teams will kick off the 2011 season searching for the feeling that South Carolina had at the end of last year when they topped UCLA for the College World Series (CWS) title in Omaha, Neb. at Rosenblatt Stadium.

The 10th Inning (Professional Pirates)

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Well just as East Carolina prepares for their season opener next week against Youngstown State, several former Pirates will be hitting the diamond as well pursuing their dreams of playing in the Major Leagues.

The 10th Inning (Preseason Honors)

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With the start of the collegiate baseball season right around the corner, I thought today would be a good time to recap some preseason honors for the 2011 East Carolina Pirates.

The 10th Inning (Meet The Pirates)

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Hello Pirate fans!!

WOW - what a great day it has been for the Pirate Nation. What's so great about you ask? Well today was the 11th Annual "Meet the Pirates" luncheon, which was held the Murphy Center's Harvey Banquet Hall.

The 10th Inning (Feb. 4)

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With two weeks left until the start of the 2011 baseball season, today we introduce freshmen Austin Blake (outfielder) and Will Connerley (catcher). These two men are part of 12 newcomers that will wear the Purple and Gold this season and look to help the Pirates reach the College World Series.

The 10th Inning (Feb.2)

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Dario Santangelo earned three letters for coach Scott Runkel at Bishop George Ahr High School where helped the Trojans to a 14-7 record as a senior.

The 10th Inning (Feb. 1)

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Jack Reinheimer has had success at every level on the diamond during his prep career. In 2009 the junior infielder batted .337 with a home run, 18 RBI and drove in 21 runs en route to Ardrey Kell's first ever state championship title, which came in just the school's third year of existence.

The 10th Inning (Jan. 31)

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Good evening Pirate fans !!! Sorry for the late blog today, but things have been a little hectic as we prepare for the start of the baseball season, which is 17 days away.