The ECU Pirate baseball team and fifth year head coach Cliff Godwin hosted it’s annual “Media Day” on Monday afternoon. Members of the media met with the Pirate coaching staff and eight select players.
The Pirates have been ranked nationally in four different polls. The highest being 11th by D1Baseball and Perfect Game. While Baseball America has the Pirates checking in at number 12 and Collegiate Baseball ranks the Pirates 35.
The Pirates return 23 letterwinners, including USA Collegiate National Team members Jake Agnos and All-American Bryant Packard, 2018 American Athletic Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player Spencer Brickhouse (2017), Freshman All-America selection Alec Burleson (2018), 2018 All-AAC performers Brady Lloyd and Tyler Smith, as well as 2018 AAC All-Tournament honorees Turner Brown and Jake Kuchmaner.
Also stepping onto the diamond are 10 newcomers, which features five position players, three pitchers and a pair of two-way players. The 2018-19 recruiting class consists of two infielders (Thomas Franciscoand Ryder Giles), three outfielders (Lane Hoover, Christian Jayne and Christian Smallwood), a pair of two-way players (Connor Norby and Stephen Wilmer) and three pitchers (Evan Odum, Garrett Saylor and Carter Spivey). In all, the roster consists of eight freshmen, seven sophomores, 10 juniors and seven seniors.
The Pirates, who are set to open their 85th season of intercollegiate baseball on Feb. 15 at home against Radford, won the 1961 NAIA National Championship, have claimed 25 conference titles (13 regular season/12 tournament), made 29 NCAA Regionals and advanced to four Super Regionals (2001, 2004, 2009 and 2016).