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The East Carolina Pirates baseball team is an intercollegiate baseball team representing East Carolina University in NCAA Division I college baseball and has made regular appearances in the NCAA Tournament, but as of 2019 has yet to appear in the College World Series.[2]

East Carolina Pirates
East Carolina Pirates wordmark.svg
Founded1907
UniversityEast Carolina University
Head coachCliff Godwin (6th season)
ConferenceThe American
LocationGreenville, North Carolina
Home stadiumClark-LeClair Stadium
(Capacity: 5,000)
NicknamePirates
ColorsPurple and Gold[1]
         
NCAA regional champions
2001, 2004, 2009, 2016, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
Conference tournament champions
ECAC: 1982, 1984
CAA: 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2000
C-USA: 2002
American: 2015, 2018
Conference champions
SoCon: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1977
ECAC: 1984, 1985
CAA: 1986, 1990, 2001
C-USA: 2004, 2009
American: 2019

East Carolina participates as a full member of the American Athletic Conference. They have won two regular season championships and one tournament as a member of Conference USA, as well as several Colonial Athletic Association and Southern Conference championships previously.

The Pirates are coached by Cliff Godwin and play their home games at Clark-LeClair Stadium, named after donor and alumnus Bill Clark and former coach Keith LeClair. Every year, the Pirates host a baseball tournament in Greenville in honor of Coach LeClair called the Keith LeClair Classic.

HistoryEdit

ConferenceEdit

Head coachesEdit

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1932–1933 R.C. Deal 2 4-8-0 .333
1934 W.O. Jolly 1
1935–1938 Bo Farley 4 (5) 35-14-4 .698
1939 Gordon Gilbert 1 6-5-0 .545
1940 Bo Farley 1 (5) 4-3-0 .571
1941 John Christenbury 1 6-4-0 .600
1950–1953 Jack Boone 4 45-30-3 .596
1954–1962 James Mallory 9 (10) 145-52-0 .736
1963–1972 Earl Smith 10 185-103-2 .641
1973 James Mallory 1 (10) 16-8-0 .667
1974–1976 George Williams 3 56-32-0 .636
1977–1979 Monte Little 3 82-49-0 .626
1980–1984 Hal Baird 5 145-66-1 .686
1985–1997 Gary Overton 13 427-237-1 .643
1998–2002 Keith LeClair 5 212-96-1 .688
2003–2005 Randy Mazey 3 120-66-1 .644
2006–2014 Billy Godwin 9 317-214-1 .597
2015–present Cliff Godwin 5 201–109–1 .648
Totals 16 coaches 80 seasons 2006-1096-15 .647

* 1942, 1946–1949 No Records Available [2]
* 1943–1945 No Games Played

StadiumEdit

Clark-LeClair Stadium is the home of Pirate baseball at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. The stadium was named after Pirate alumnus and key contributor Bill Clark and former Pirate skipper Keith LeClair.[3]

The stadium has 3,000 Stadium bleacher seats, plus space for several thousand more spectators in "The Jungle". There are concession and restroom facilities at the stadium plus a family picnic area. Amenities include the Pirate Club fundraising and hospitality suite and a private suite for the LeClair family.

The stadium is home to the 2007 ECU Invitational[4] and the Keith LeClair Classic.[5]

Year-by-year resultsEdit

* Division I only

Year Head Coach Overall Winning % Conference Winning % Conf. Rank Nat. Rank Notes
1964 Earl Smith 18–7 0.720 NCAA District 3
1965 Earl Smith 16–7 0.696
1966 Earl Smith 17–10 0.630 12–3 0.800 1st #28 NCAA District 3
1967 Earl Smith 23–6 0.793 13–3 0.813 T-1st #23
1968 Earl Smith 21–11–1 0.656 10–1 0.909 1st #19 NCAA District 3
1969 Earl Smith 15–14 0.517 7–7 0.500 T-5th
1970 Earl Smith 20–13 0.606 13–6 0.684 1st #25 NCAA District 3
1971 Earl Smith 12–18 0.400 7–5 0.583 4th
Total[2]

NAIA TournamentEdit

In 1961, the ECU Pirates won the NAIA Baseball World Series championship to claim East Carolina's first national championship in baseball. The East Carolina Pirates won 13-7 over the Sacramento State Hornets. Since then, the Pirates have yet to make it to a national championship.

NCAA tournamentEdit

Year Record Pct Notes
1964 1-2 .333 Lost to North Carolina in the District 3 Regional.
1966 0-2 .000 Lost to North Carolina in the District 3 Regional.
1968 1-2 .333 Lost to Florida State in the District 3 Regional.
1970 0-2 .000 Lost to Mississippi State in the District 3 Regional.
1974 0-2 .000 Lost to South Carolina in the District 3 Regional.
1977 0-2 .000 Lost to South Carolina in the Atlantic Regional.
1980 0-2 .000 Lost to Maine in the Northeast Regional.
1982 1-2 .333 Lost to West Virginia in the East Regional.
1984 2-2 .500 Lost to South Alabama in the South Regional.
1987 0-2 .000 Lost to Central Michigan in the Atlantic Regional.
1989 0-2 .000 Lost to Villanova in the East Regional.
1990 1-2 .333 Lost to N.C. State in the East Regional.
1991 1-2 .333 Lost to Ohio State in the Midwest Regional.
1993 1-2 .333 Lost to Ohio State in the Atlantic Regional.
1999 2-2 .500 Lost to LSU in the Baton Rouge Regional.
2000 2-2 .500 Lost to Louisiana-Lafayette in the Lafayette Regional.
2001 3-2 .600 Won Wilson Regional; Lost to Tennessee in the Kinston Super Regional.
2002 2-2 .500 Lost to Clemson in the Clemson Regional.
2003 1-2 .333 Lost to Stetson in the Atlanta Regional.
2004 3-2 .600 Won Kinston Regional; Lost to South Carolina in the Columbia Super Regional.
2005 0-2 .000 Lost to UNLV in the Tempe Regional.
2007 1-2 .333 Lost to Western Carolina in the Chapel Hill Regional.
2008 2-2 .500 Lost to Coastal Carolina in the Conway Regional.
2009 4-3 .571 Won Greenville Regional; Lost to North Carolina in the Chapel Hill Super Regional.
2011 2-2 .500 Lost to UVA in the Charlottesville Regional Final.
2012 1-2 .333 Lost to North Carolina in the Chapel Hill Regional.
2015 0-2 .000 Lost to FIU in the Coral Gables Regional.
2016 4-2 .667 Won Charlottesville Regional; Lost to Texas Tech in the Lubbock Super Regional.
2018 1-2 .333 Lost to UNCW in the Greenville Regional.
2019 4-3 .571 Won Greenville Regional; Lost to Louisville in the Louisville Super Regional.
Total[2] 40-62 .392

Pirates in the Major LeaguesEdit

  • Over the 5-year tenure of current head coach Cliff Godwin, 14 Pirates have been drafted.
  • Since the MLB draft began in 1965, 2 Pirates have been selected in the first round: Pat Watkins was selected 32nd in 1993 and Jeff Hoffman was selected 9th in 2014.
  • A total of 20 Pirates have gone on to play in the MLB, 3 of which are active players.
Athlete Years in MLB MLB Teams
Bill Holland 1937 Washington Senators
Bunky Stewart 1952–1956 Washington Senators
Tim Talton 1966–1967 Kansas City Athletics
Floyd Wicker 1968–1971 St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants
Vince Colbert 1970–1972 Cleveland Indians
Tommy Toms 1975–1977 San Francisco Giants
Butch Davis 1983–1984, 1987–1989, 1991, 1993–1994 Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers
Bob Patterson 1985–1987, 1989–1998 San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, California Angels, Chicago Cubs
Bob Davidson 1989 New York Yankees
Mike Christopher 1991–1993, 1995–1996 Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers
Pat Watkins 1997–1999 Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies
Chad Tracy 2004–2010, 2012–2013 Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals
Sam Narron 2004 Texas Rangers
Seth Maness 2013–2017 St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals
Chris Heston 2014–2017 San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins
Mike Wright 2015–present Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners
Shawn Armstrong 2015–present Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles
Jeff Hoffman 2016–present Colorado Rockies
Jharel Cotton 2016–2017 Oakland Athletics
Jack Reinheimer 2017–2018 Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ECU Athletics Style Guidelines (PDF). July 14, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "2018 ECU Baseball Fact Book" (PDF). 2018 ECU Baseball Fact Book. East Carolina University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "LEWIS FIELD AT CLARK-LeCLAIR STADIUM". ECU Athletics. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  4. ^ "2007 ECU Invitational". ECU Athletics. Archived from the original on 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  5. ^ "6th Annual Keith LeClair Classic". ECU Athletics. Retrieved 2009-04-24.[permanent dead link]