Isaiah Newton, 4, grabs a last-minute hug from ECU's John Wooten
May 31, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -Following its two-hour practice at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium, the East Carolina baseball team took time out of its regional prep work to visit the Vidant Children's Hospital Wednesday afternoon.
ECU Head Coach Billy Godwin took his players over to the hospital for one of its annual community service events, which lasted about an hour. The team met with patients and their family members, signed autographs and exchanged smiles and high-fives.
"The message there is to get our kids to understand that they can make an impact," Godwin told members of the media following Wednesday's practice. "They can affect other people's lives just by their presence. That's an important thing (we) do as a sidebar to baseball."
The Pirates (35-22-1), who earned a two-seed at the Chapel Hill Regional, will be back in action Friday, June 1 when they square off against three-seed St. John's (37-21) at Boshamer Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET).