For the eighth time in school history East Carolina will be at the top of the pecking order in an NCAA baseball regional after being awarded the No. 1 seed in the Greenville Regional.
The Monday announcement by the NCAA selection committee came a day after the committee selected the Pirates to host one of the 16 NCAA baseball regionals at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
ECU (41-15) will compete against No. 2 seed Charlotte (39-19), No. 3 seed Maryland (28-16)and No. 4 seed Norfolk State ((25-26)) over four days (Fri., June 4-Mon. June 7) to claim a berth in one of the eight NCAA super regionals (Fri., June 11-Mon., June 14).
The Pirates previously earned top seeds in regionals played in Baton Rouge (1999), Lafayette (2000), Wilson (2001), Kinston (2004) and Greenville (2009, 2018, 2019).
ECU will be making its 31st overall foray into the NCAA’s baseball championship playoffs when it faces Norfolk State at noon on Friday. The Pirates were were awarded a regional berth for the first time in 1964.
Charlotte will take on Maryland at 6 p.m. to complete the first day of the double-elimination format.
The selection committee slotted ECU as the No. 13 national seed and paired the Greenville Regional with the Nashville Regional hosted by No. 4 national seed Vanderbilt. The Commodores will compete with No. 2 regional seed Georgia Tech, No. 3 seed Indiana State and No. 4 seed Presbyterian.
The winners of the Greenville and Nashville regionals will battle each other in a super regional (Fri., June 11-Mon. June 14) for the right to advance to the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Stadium in Omaha June (19-June 30).