The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced 16 regional sites for the 73rd annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Sunday evening, and for the second-straight year and third time in facility history, East Carolina University’s Clark-LeClair Stadium will serve as a site for the opening round of The Road To Omaha.
Competition for the Greenville Regional will get underway on Friday, May 31 with a pair of games. The other three teams who will make up the bracket will be announced Monday at 12 noon on ESPNU as part of the release of the entire 2019 NCAA Baseball Championship field.
Tickets for the Greenville Regional are currently on sale via ECUPirates.com 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. The ECU Athletics Ticket Office is closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.
East Carolina’s initial on-campus hosting experience in 2009 resulted in a regional title as the No. 1-seeded Pirates rolled to a 4-1 record, which included a dramatic 10thinning 10-9 walk-off victory against South Carolina in the championship game. In 2018, top-seed ECU posted a 1-2 mark after defeating UNC Wilmington in the opener before falling to South Carolina and suffering an elimination game loss to the Seahawks in a rematch.
While Clark-LeClair Stadium will welcome its third NCAA postseason event, East Carolina has also hosted opening round regional tournaments on two occasions at different venues. The Pirates produced a 3-0 mark at Fleming Stadium during the Wilson Regional in 2001 before turning in a similar result at the Kinston Regional inside Grainger Stadium in 2004. Additionally, ECU used the Kinston facility when it hosted Tennessee for a Super Regional appearance in 2001.
For ECU (43-15), the selection marks the Pirates’ 30th overall appearance in NCAA postseason play. ECU has qualified for regional competition in 16 of the last 21 seasons and four times during head coach Cliff Godwin’s five-year tenure after traveling to the Coral Gables (Fla.) Regional in 2015 and the Charlottesville (Va.) Regional in 2016 before hosting the Greenville Regional last year.
Each regional field features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, May 31, to Monday, June 3. Start times for each game will be determined once television broadcast selections have been finalized.
Thirty-one (31) Division I conferences receive an automatic berth in the field of 64, along with 33 at-large selections. The College World Series (CWS) begins play Saturday, June 15, at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.