ECU To Face UNC In Regional Elimination Game At 1 P.M.

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June 3, 2012

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(2) East Carolina vs. (1) North Carolina
June 3, 2012 | 1 p.m. (ET)
Chapel Hill, N.C.

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EAST CAROLINA PIRATES
Record 36-23-1
Last Game Win vs. Cornell, 10-6 (6/2/12)
Head Coach Billy Godwin (Atlantic Christian, 1986)
Career: 515-246-1 (13th season)
ECU Record: 253-161-1 (7th season)
Twitter @ECUBaseball
NORTH CAROLINA TARHEELS
Record 45-15
Last Game Loss vs. St. Johns, 5-4 (6/2/12)
Head Coach Mike Fox (North Carolina, 1978)
Career Record: 1,174-402-5 (28th season)
Record at School: 634-261-1 (14th season)

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SERIES HISTORY
• Sunday's game will mark the second meeting of the 2012 season between ECU and UNC ... The Pirates dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker in 10 innings back on Apr. 25 in Boshamer Stadium ... UNC holds and all-time 49-25 record in the series and a 6-1 ledger in post-season play ... The Pirates have not won a game against UNC in Boshamer Stadium since 1994 - a span of 14 contests.

2012 NCAA Chapel Hill Regional Schedule

Friday, June 1
Game 1: St. John's 11, East Carolina 3 (Final)
Game 2: North Carolina 7, Cornell 4 (Final)

Saturday, June 2
Game 3: East Carolina 10, Cornell 6 (Final - Cornell eliminated)
Game 4: St. John's 5, North Carolina 4 (Final)

Sunday, June 3
Game 5: #1 North Carolina (45-15) vs. # 2 East Carolina (36-23-1) at 1 p.m.
Game 6: #3 St. John's (39-21) vs. Winner Game 5 at 6 p.m.

Monday, June 4
Game 7: 6 p.m. - If necessary

THINGS TO KNOW
• ECU is making its 26th NCAA Regional appearance where they own a 30-51 all-time record ... This is the Pirates fifth appearance under Billy Godwin, where he has guided ECU to three regional finals including a championship title in 2009 advancing to the Chapel Hill Super Regional ... ECU boasts a .500 record (9-9) under Godwin heading into this weekend's action.
• Junior RHP Jharel Cotton (8-2, 3.67 ERA) will make his 15th start of the season and first in NCAA regional play against No. 6 national seed North Carolina Sunday afternoon in an elimination game ... Cotton Notes: Second-Team All C-USA selection ... Leads team wins (8), while ranking second in C-USA ... Allowed 37 Rs (28 ERs) in 68.2 innings ... Struck out 60 while walking 21 in 14 starts ... Fanned a career-best 12 batters vs. Tulane (4/29) ... Struck out 11 at No. 19 UCF (3/25) ... Picked up wins against MILW, Stony Brook, No. 16 LOU, Penn State, No. 19 UCF, MEM, No. 7 Rice and Tulane ... Tied for second on the team with six quality starts ... Ranks 63rd nationally in wins.
• Fellow classmate Andy Smithmyer (5-2, 1.50 ERA) could also see action today either out of the bullpen against North Carolina or as a starter in the regional final, should the Pirates advance ... Smithmyer Notes: Made lone start vs. Elon (5/5) working 6.2 scoreless frames allowing 4 Hs with 5 Ks and 3 BBs ... Appeared in 20 games out of the bullpen working 53.1 innings where he has allowed 18 runs (10 earned) on 45 hits ... Recorded lone save vs. UAB in C-USA Championships ... Leads team and C-USA with a 1.50 ERA which also ranks sixth nationally ... Also leads C-USA in fewest hits, fewest runs and fewest earned runs allowed ... Recorded 65 strikeouts to just 22 walks in 60.0 innings ... Notched wins against ODU, No. 11 N.C. State, William & Mary, Southern Miss and VMI ... Against the Tribe (4/18) worked 6.0 innings with a season-best 8 Ks ... Also had a seven strikeout performance vs. Tulane (4/27) ... Out of the pen has tossed 3.0 or more innings 10 times and fanned 3-or more 10 times.
John Wooten earned first-team All C-USA honors alongside fellow upperclassman Kevin Brandt ... It was his second career league honor to go along with his all-freshman selection in 2010 ... During his junior campaign, Wooten leads the team in average (.341), home runs (eight), runs scored (48) and total bases (113), while sharing the team lead in RBI (38) ... Currently ranks among the league leaders in six offensive categories: total bases (t4th), hits (5th/77), runs (t5th), home runs (t6th), average (8th) and slugging percentage (t9th/.500).
• The trio of Wooten, Ben Fultz and Chase McDonald earned Charlottesville All-Regional honors in 2011 and enter this weekends regional with hits in all four of the career regional games ... Wooten, a unanimous selection, batted .500 (8-for-16) with an RBI, double and two runs scored .... Led the regional with eight base hits, while ranking fourth with nine total bases ... Fultz batted 333 (5-for-15) with a double and run scored ... McDonald rounded out the Pirates selections after batting .438 (7-for-16) with a home run, five RBI and a pair of runs ... Ranked among the regional leaders in home runs (t-1st), RBI (t-1st), total bases (t-1st) and hits (t-2nd) ... He belted his first career grand slam against Navy in ECU's 6-1 victory.

NATIONAL POLLS
The Pirates are receiving votes in both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls.

GODWIN GETS No. 500
Head Coach Billy Godwin recorded his 500th career win in the series opener against Houston on April 5 in ECU's 10-3 victory ... For his career, Godwin owns a 515-246-1 record ... He ranks second all-time on ECU's wins list (253) and trails only ECU Hall of Famer Gary Overton (427).

NATIONS TOP WIN PERCENTAGES FROM 1999-2011
Using the 1999 season as the starting point (the year the NCAA expanded the postseason tournament field to 64 teams with the current Super Regional format), ECU has ranks as one of the top teams in the nation in win percentage. Here's a closer look at the country's winningest programs from 1999 to 2011: (This list does not include any 2012 results; ECU 2012 opponents are bold.)

Team, Wins-Loses-Ties (Pct.)
1. Rice, 635-221-0 (.742)
2. Florida State, 651-227-1 (.741)
3. Oral Roberts, 561-224-0 (.715)
4. Texas, 614-247-1 (.713)
5. Coastal Carolina, 573-234-0 (.710)
6. North Carolina, 589-246-1 (.705)
7. Cal State Fullerton, 579-244-0 (.704)
8. Arizona State, 531-224-1 (.703)
9. South Carolina, 612-261-0 (.701)
10. Miami, 565-246-3 (.696)
11. Wichita State, 598-276-0 (.684)
12. Georgia Tech, 551-255-1 (.683)
13. LSU, 558-276-5 (.668)
14. Clemson, 566-288-1 (.663)
15. Nebraska, 527-268-2 (.662)
16. Tulane, 532-275-2 (.659)
17. Stanford, 527-274-2 (.658)
18. East Carolina, 519-271-0 (.657)
19. Notre Dame, 511-271-5 (.652)
20. Coll. of Charleston, 487-279-0 (.636)
21. Florida, 517-300-2 (.632)
22. TCU, 498-290-0 (.632)
23. Southern Miss, 503-296-0 (.630)
24. Alabama, 508-300-0 (.629)
25. Virginia, 498-294-2 (.628)