ECU will make its 29th NCAA Regional appearance and third in the last four years after earning a No. 1 seed in the Greenville Regional in this year’s NCAA Baseball Championships.
Monday’s selection marks the sixth time in school history the Pirates garnered the top seed in a regional (1999 – Baton Rouge, La., 2000 – Lafayette, La., 2001 – Wilson, N.C., 2004 – Kinston, N.C., 2009 – Greenville, N.C.). ECU has qualified for regional competition in 15 of the last 20 seasons and three times during head coach Cliff Godwin’s four-year tenure after traveling to the Coral Gables (Fla.) Regional in 2015 and the Charlottesville (Va.) Regional in 2016.
The Pirates (43-16), who will host their second regional at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium, will square off against No. 4 UNC Wilmington (37-21) in the first round of regional play on Friday, June 1 at 7 p.m. (ET), while No. 2 South Carolina (33-24) will face No. 3 Ohio State (36-22) at 2 pm.
In recent years the Pirates have faced all three clubs competing in the Greenville Regional, most recently sweeping a home and home series against UNCW this year (April 3 and May 9). The Pirates and Gamecocks last met in 2010 in Greenville to open the season, however the two teams also squared off against one another in the 2009 Greenville Regional. ECU and Ohio State have played five times with the last coming in 2014 during the annual LeClair Classic.
Of the 64 teams announced Monday, the Pirates own a 13-11 overall record in 2018 against nine institutions: Campbell (2-0), Connecticut (2-2), Duke (1-0), Houston (1-4), Missouri State (0-1), North Carolina (2-1), UNC Wilmington (2-0), USF (1-2) and Washington (2-1).
Tickets for the Greenville Regional are currently on sale via ECUPirates.com (http://bit.ly/2L0c6Fc) through the ECU Athletics Ticket Office for Pirate Club members and season ticket holders only.
Beginning at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, sales open for the general public. All-session ticket books are available for $90, $72 and $60 depending on seat locations, while tickets for single sessions (games) – priced at $15, $12 and $10 – will go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased in person or over the phone by calling (800) DIAL-ECU or (252) 737-4500 during normal business hours from Tuesday through Thursday following the Memorial Day Holiday.
The ECU Alumni Association and Pirate Club proudly present a baseball Pirate Game Day Tailgate, which will be held on Saturday, June 2 at Johnson Stadium (2.5 hours prior to first pitch) across the parking lot from Clark-LeClair Stadium. Join fellow alumni and fans for tailgating fun during the 2018 NCAA Regional Baseball games. Enjoy a tailgate buffet, unlimited beverages, Smashed Waffles, Pirates Popcorn, Kona Ice, music, door prizes, Pirate swag, and much more! For more information please this use link (piratealumni.com/baseball).
Each of the 16 regionals features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals will be played from Friday, June 1 to Monday, June 4 (if necessary). Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on www.NCAA.com/cws, Monday, June 4 at approximately 11 p.m. (ET).
The Greenville Regional was paired with the Fayetteville Regional hosted by No. 5 National Seed Arkansas, which also No. 2 seed Southern Miss, No. 3 seed Dallas Baptist and No. 4 seed Oral Roberts.
The 72nd College World Series (CWS) begins play Saturday, June 16, at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.
2018 NCAA GREENVILLE REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Friday, June 1
Game 1: (3) Ohio State vs. (2) South Carolina (2 p.m.)
Game 2: (4) UNC Wilmington vs. (1) ECU (7 p.m.)
Saturday, June 2
Game 3: Loser G1 vs. Loser G2 (12 noon)
Game 4: Winner G1 vs. Winner G2 (5 p.m.)
Sunday, June 3
Game 5: Winner G3 vs. Loser G4 (12 noon)
Game 6: Winner G4 vs. Winner G5 (6 p.m.)
Monday, June 4
Game 7: Winner G6 vs. Loser G6 (4 p.m. – IF NECESSARY)
All games will be broadcasted on ESPN platforms