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Coral Gables Regional: Friday Lineup

No. 2 East Carolina vs. No. 3 Columbia, 1 pm | TV: ESPN3
No. 1 Miami vs. No. 4 Florida International, 7 pm | TV: ESPN3 Links: Field of 64 Bracket | Field of 64 Scoreboard



Injury brought ECU, Herrin together

Showing loyalty when others shied away helped the East Carolina coaching staff land its latest prospect for the recruiting class of 2016. The Pirates received their third verbal commitment from a rising high school senior late last week from Saluda, SC, offensive lineman Cortez Herrin. ... More from Sammy Batten...


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Pirates avoid 'energy vampires'

Al Myatt A sign in the East Carolina dugout during a 9-1 win over Houston on Sunday in the American Athletic Conference Tournament championship cautioned against energy vampires. ... More from Al Myatt...


Four AAC teams set sights on Omaha

CLEARWATER, FL — League champion East Carolina and regular season kingpin Houston headline a group of four teams that will represent the American Athletic Conference in the NCAA baseball playoffs. The Pirates and Cougars, along with AAC members South Florida and Tulane, heard their names called on Monday when the NCAA announced the field of 64 teams that will participate in this weekend's 16 four-team regionals. ... More...



Pirates claim AAC Tournament

CLEARWATER, FL — East Carolina scored five runs with two out in the fifth inning and went on to win the American Athletic Conference Tournament 9-1 over Houston at Bright House Field on Sunday. Left-hander Nick Durazo (5-0) held the AAC regular season winners to one hit and no runs over the final five innings after starter David Lucroy experienced cramps in his right forearm. Durazo struck out five and didn't allow a walk. ... More...



ECU holds off Huskies

CLEARWATER, FL — East Carolina freshman right-hander Joe Ingle survived a bases-loaded Connecticut threat with a game-ending fly out to left as the Pirates moved into the championship game of the American Athletic Conference tournament with a 4-2 win at Bright House Field on Saturday. Ingle earned his eighth save as the Pirates (39-20) moved into today's noon championship game against Houston (ESPNU). ... More...



Pirates top Tulane, 3-1

CLEARWATER, FL — East Carolina defeated Tulane 3-1 in double-elimination bracket play in the American Athletic Conference tournament at Bright House Field on Thursday night. The Pirates improved to 2-0 in the event and 38-20 on the season. ECU will await the winner of an elimination game Friday between the Green Wave and Connecticut for a 1 p.m. matchup on Saturday. ... More...



Pirates come back in opener

CLEARWATER, FL — East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin and Pirates assistant Jeff Palumbo used to be on the staff at Central Florida, the Pirates' opening opponent in the American Athletic Conference tournament at Bright House Field. The Knights were a tough draw for ECU, seeded No. 2 for the event as the regular season AAC runner-up to Houston ... More...



Thumbnail: Juco PG Charles Foster

Point guard Charles Foster has become the fourth member of ECU coach Jeff Lebo's recruiting class of 2015-16. One of the top players in Kentucky coming out of high school, Foster spent the last two years at perennial junior college powerhouse Vincennes (IN) University. ... Thumbnail sketch...



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