Pirates headed to Charlottesville

Published 6:07 pm Monday, May 30, 2011

GREENVILLE — The East Carolina baseball team will make its 25th NCAA Regional appearance and 11th in the last 13 years after earning a No. 2 seed at the Charlottesville Regional in this year’s NCAA Baseball Championships, which will be held at Davenport Field.

The Pirates (39-19) will square off against No. 3 St. John’s (35-20) in the first round of the regional on Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m. (EDT) while No. 1 national seed Virginia (49-9) will face No. 4 Navy (33-23-1) at 1 p.m.

In recent years the Pirates have faced all three clubs in the Charlottesville Regional, most recently against the Cavaliers where they dropped a 2011 road series (2-1) during the second week of the season. The two clubs have each won 20 games in the previous 40 meetings and UVa holds a 4-2 advantage in the last six games played (2010 and 2011).

ECU’s opening round matchup with the Red Storm will be the sixth meeting between the two schools (ECU leads 3-2) and the first since 2009, when the Pirates took home a 9-7 victory in the Keith LeClair Classic.

Winners of the Patriot League crown, Navy received an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals and could face the Pirates in a potential second round matchup depending the outcome of the Friday’s games. The last time ECU squared off against Navy was back in 2005 when the Pirates swept a three-game series at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. ECU owns a 6-0 all-time record against the Midshipmen.

Of the 64 teams that were announced Monday, the Pirates own a 6-10 overall record in 2011 against six institutions: North Carolina (0-2), North Carolina State (0-1), Rice (1-2), Southern Miss (2-2), UCF (2-1) and Virginia (1-2).

Joining the Cavaliers as national seeds in the 64-team field are Florida (45-16), North Carolina (45-14), South Carolina (45-14), Florida State (42-17), Vanderbilt (47-10), Texas (43-15) and Rice (41-19).

Each of the 16 regionals features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, June 3, to Monday, June 6 (if necessary). Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on www.NCAA.com/cws, Monday, June 6 at approximately 11 p.m. (EDT).

The 64th Men’s College World Series begins play Saturday, June 18, at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, Nebraska.


╩Friday, June 3

Game 1: (4) Navy vs. (1) Virginia (1 p.m.)

Game 2: (3) St. John’s vs. (2) East Carolina (6 p.m.)

Saturday, June 4

Game 3: 1 p.m.

Game 4: 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 5

Game 5: 1 p.m.

Game 6: 6 p.m.

Monday, June 6

Game 7: 6 p.m. – IF NECESSARY