Bless our hearts as Edmund Burke quoted: The only thing necessary for the triump of evil is for good men(and women) to...

New setting means new challenges for Pirates

1 of 4

Fans wave goodbye to East Carolina players as they leave Clark-LeClair Stadium and begin their travel to Louisville on Wednesday.

IMG_2325 (1).jpg

The Daily Reflector

Friday, June 7, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There were plenty of times last weekend when East Carolina’s baseball players had 5,000 fans cheering for them at Clark-LeClair Stadium and helping them navigate and force their way to an NCAA Greenville Regional championship.

It will be different this weekend, possibly with more than 5,000 red-clad Louisville fans rooting and working against the Pirates at Jim Patterson Stadium.

“We know it’s going to be hostile and we’ll have to throw our best punches and respond to their best punches,” said ECU sophomore left-hander Alec Burleson, who leads the Pirates with a .373 batting average and also boasts a 6-1 mark on the pitcher’s mound with a 2.93 ERA. “It’s going to be fun to be in that atmosphere and playing in a super regional. Two games and we’re going to Omaha.”

Louisville’s best crowd during its regional weekend was an attendance of 3,092 against Illinois State on Friday night. The stadium record is 6,237 fans during a 2017 super regional versus in-state rival Kentucky.

This super regional series between ECU and the Cardinals begins today at noon. The game will be televised on ESPN2, followed by a 3 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU) matchup and noon again on Sunday on ESPN2.

Either the Pirates or Louisville, who have matching 47-16 records, will win twice and advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

East Carolina has been to five super regionals but never won a super regional series and also never hosted in Greenville.

ECU hosted in 2001 in Kinston, when current Pirate coach Cliff Godwin was an ECU catcher, and lost twice to Tennessee. East Carolina’s other super regional series were at South Carolina (2004), North Carolina (2009) and Texas Tech (2016), all having its season end as the opponent celebrated a trip to Omaha.

“We practiced a lot on communication today and I think we communicate a lot on the field, so this isn’t something that we haven’t been through before,” Pirate outfielder Bryant Packard said. “We’ve been to Ole Miss and some of the loudest places in the country.”

ECU won Game 1 against Texas Tech in Lubbock, but it dropped the final two contests as the Red Raiders advanced to Omaha for the CWS.

Louisville has become accustomed in recent years to hosting super regionals at Jim Patterson Stadium. Since 2013, the Cardinals have hosted a super regional in five out of six seasons.

“For the older guys who went to Texas Tech, we can tell some of the others that this is how it is going to be and this is what you can expect,” ECU senior shortstop Turner Brown said. “It will be a lot different (from the regional), so we’ll have to supply our own energy.”

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


July 18, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — In the lead spot to start at quarterback for American Athletic Conference preseason favorite UCF is senior Notre Dame transfer Brandon Winbush.

Veteran QBs at Memphis (Brady White) and South Florida (Blake Barnett) both were at Arizona State earlier in their careers. Barnett,…


July 18, 2019


East Carolina was picked fifth in the American Athletic Conference football East Division for the second straight year in the league preseason poll, but more important than the poll’s release Tuesday during AAC media days was the confident and persistent presence of ECU…


July 17, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — Coach Mike Houston remains optimistic yet not in position to announce whether or not Traveon Freshwater will be on East Carolina football’s roster for this season.

The former Elizabeth City Northeastern High School star running back and linebacker signed with ECU in…


July 16, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — Mike Houston has been in this position before, bracing to prove doubters wrong.

It began with his first head coaching job in 2001 at T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville, when his team was picked in the preseason eighth out of nine teams but thrived during the season to take…

IMG_2422 (1).jpg

July 16, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — Standing in front of American Athletic Conference “Power Six” logos on Tuesday, conference commissioner Mike Aresco was persistent that he thinks the American is strong enough to not immediately replace Connecticut when the Huskies leave for the Big East.


IMG_2415 (1).jpg

July 16, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — East Carolina athletics director Jon Gilbert found time to put on a swimsuit by mid-afternoon Monday, and ECU football coach Mike Houston sneaked in advice to Pirate receiver Deondre Farrier on the proper cracker-to-oyster ratio when Houston was between interviews at American…

IMG_2404 2 6.18.29 PM.jpg

July 15, 2019

NEWPORT, R.I. — East Carolina is at American Athletic Conference football media days, equipped with first-year coach Mike Houston, first-year athletics director Jon Gilbert and senior receiver Deondre Farrier in his first visit to Newport.

Aside from veteran media relations director Tom…

IMG_2388 2 (1).jpg

July 15, 2019

A trio of first-year American Athletic Conference football coaches, including East Carolina's Mike Houston, heads to Newport, R.I., today for a first taste of seafood, interviews and more at AAC media days.

The other two newcomers are Temple's Rod Carey and Dana Holgorsen after his offseason…


July 14, 2019

The Minges Coliseum court is in under renovation as East Carolina’s basketball coaches also are working to reconstruct their teams that will play this year on a new-look Minges paint scheme.

Fresh from checking out a recent workout of men’s coach Joe Dooley’s squad, which this…


July 13, 2019

Many East Carolina football fans know what Holton Ahlers will be doing in August and the ensuing months as the Pirates’ sophomore projected starting quarterback.

Others fans might have noticed the Greenville native was an ardent ECU baseball fan in June, but in July, he and other Pirate…

189 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 19
        Next Page»   Last Page»