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Pirates power up, go Super on Sunday

NCAA Charlottesville Regional

June 3-6 | Davenport Field | Schedule

Game 1: UVa 17, W&M 4 (Friday)

Game 2: ECU 9, Bryant 1 (Friday)

Game 3: W&M 4, Bryant 3 (Saturday)
Game 4: ECU 8, UVa 6 (Saturday)
Game 5: W&M 5, UVa 4 (Sunday)
Game 6: ECU 8, W&M 4 * (Sunday)
*ECU advances to super regional
 to face
Dallas Baptist or Texas Tech

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Pirates power up, go Super

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Two-run homers by Charlie Yorgen, Travis Watkins and Eric Tyler keyed East Carolina's 8-4 win over William & Mary on Sunday, clinching the NCAA regional championship. The Tribe (31-31) had edged 2015 College World Series champion Virginia 5-4 in an elimination game earlier in the day ... More...


Walkoff wallop whips Wahoos

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — A three-run homer by Travis Watkins capped a five-run ninth inning for East Carolina and provided an 8-6 walkoff win over Virginia in the winners' bracket matchup Saturday at Davenport Field. ... More...


Pirates pull away in eighth

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — East Carolina broke open a pitching duel with seven runs in the eighth inning to defeat Bryant 9-1 in the Pirates' NCAA Tournament opener on Friday. Third-seeded ECU (35-21-1) advances to play top-seeded Virginia (38-20) at 6 p.m. today. ... More...



Regional represents redemption

Al MyattThe Bryant Bulldogs have momentum going into the Charlottesville regional. East Carolina's first round opponent at 4 p.m. today has won 10 in a row. Momentum is not a factor in the Pirates' favor as ECU is coming off an 0-2 showing in defense of its 2015 championship in the American Athletic Conference tournament ... More from Al Myatt...



Dual-threat QB plans to enroll early

One play was all it took for Kingsley Ifedi to start turning heads in his varsity debut as Vance High School's starting quarterback last August. Ifedi had served as the backup to senior Omar Baker, Jr., the year before as a sophomore after transferring to Vance from Phillip O'Berry Academy ... More from Sammy Batten...

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East Carolina will head back to the scene of its first road series of the year for NCAA play, as the Pirates travel to Charlottesville for the NCAA regionals. ... More from Brian Bailey...



Pirates return to Charlottesville

East Carolina received a bid to the NCAA Tournament on Monday and will be returning to Virginia's Davenport Field where the Pirates won two of three against the Cavaliers in a series Feb. 26-28. ... More...



Pirates stock up at quarterback

In the month since starting quarterback contender Kurt Benkert transferred out of the program, East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery has busied himself replenishing ECU's reservoir of talent at the position. Highly-regarded prep signal callers Kingsley Ifedi (left) and Mic Roof (right) are the latest talents to make their pledges to the Purple and Gold. ... Class of 2017 thumbnails...



East Carolina exits early

CLEARWATER, FL — A 5-4 loss to Memphis on Thursday knocked East Carolina out of the American Athletic Conference Tournament. The second-seeded Pirates (34-21-1) fell 4-2 to seventh-seeded South Florida on Wednesday before the sixth-seeded Tigers (20-38) took the elimination game. ... More...



ECU's nemesis strikes again

CLEARWATER, FL — South Florida continued its role as American Athletic Conference nemesis for East Carolina on Wednesday with a 4-2 win over the Pirates in ECU's league tournament opener. ... More...


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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Two-run homers by Charlie Yorgen, Travis Watkins and Eric Tyler keyed East Carolina's 8-4 win over William & Mary on Sunday, clinching the NCAA regional championship.

The Tribe (31-31) had edged 2015 College World Series champion Virginia 5-4 in an elimination game earlier in the day and took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third against ECU (37-21-1).

The Pirates answered with four runs in the bottom of the third after Tyler led off with an infield single. Bryce Harman singled through the right side.

Parker Lamm's one-out double down the left field line tied the score at 2. Yorgen's two-run homer to right gave ECU a 4-2 lead.

Zach Pearson's sacrifice bunt scored Josh Smith as William & Mary closed within 4-3 in the fourth.

The Tribe tied the game in the fifth with consecutive singles by Ryder Miconi, Cullen Large and Charley Gould.

Yorgen reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the fifth and Watkins launched a two-run homer to left with two away to put the Pirates ahead to stay at 6-4.

Garrett Brooks singled up the middle before Tyler's homer to left completed the scoring.

Sam Lanier (2-1) pitched the last five innings for the win. The freshman right-hander allowed one hit and walked one while striking out seven in holding the Colonial Athletic Association tournament champions scoreless.

Tyler went 4-for-4 as ECU outhit William & Mary, 14-10.

Watkins, whose three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday lifted the Pirates to an 8-6 win over Virginia, was named Most Outstanding Player of the regional.

ECU's selections on the all-regional team included Yorgen, Tyler, Brooks and Evan Kruczynski, the winning pitcher in a 9-1 victory over Northeast Conference champion Bryant on Friday.

“Regional champions, that sounds pretty good," said ECU coach and alumnus Cliff Godwin. "We started out this season in the summer of last year. The guys worked their butts off to be tough and this season hasn’t been easy for us. There have been a lot of ups and downs and I felt like it prepared us for this regional. There were so many great teams in this regional. ... Any one of those teams could have won this regional. Our guys played their hearts out. We’re lucky, but our guys earned it.

"I’m so happy for East Carolina University — all these players, all the former players and former coaches at East Carolina. That’s what East Carolina is about. We are a baseball school and we wanted to get it back on the map.”

The Pirates will meet the winner of today's 3 p.m. Lubbock regional game between Dallas Baptist and Texas Tech in a best of three Super Regional for a berth in the College World Series in Omaha.

"East Carolina deserves to go to Omaha," Godwin said. "Will it be this year? I hope so, but we’re going to get there sometime.”

The Pirates are scheduled to return to Clark-LeClair Stadium for a welcome around 1:30 p.m. today.

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