ECU Earns Two More Preseason Top 20 Rankings

GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina baseball team earned two more Top 20 preseason rankings after being tabbed No. 11 by Rivals.com and No. 18 by USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Last week the Pirates were picked No. 18 by Baseball America and have also been tabbed preseason No. 18 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 20 by Ping!Baseball.

The Pirates (46-20, 17-7 C-USA), who have made 10 NCAA Regional appearances in the last 11 seasons, claimed the 2009 Conference USA regular season and 2009 Greenville Regional titles before advancing to their third NCAA Super Regional on the way to a 46-20 overall record.

ECU welcomes back 20 letterwinners including 2010 preseason All-America selections Kyle Roller and Trent Whitehead, along with 2008 All-American Seth Maness, 2009 Freshman All-American Kevin Brandt, All C-USA second-teamer Brad Mincey and eighth round and NCAA Greenville Regional star Devin Harris.

Also stepping onto the diamond are eight new faces, which consist of junior college transfer Daniel Warzon (Young Harris), as well as seven freshmen: Bryan Bass, Chris Gosik, Jake Harris, D.J. Jauss, Tyler Joyner, Tanner Merritt and John Wooten.

Head Coach Billy Godwin and the Pirates will open the 2010 season against No. 2 Virginia at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium on Feb. 19, 2010 with a 3 p.m. first pitch scheduled.

Pirate Preseason Honors:

•Kyle Roller: First-Team All-America (Collegiate Baseball, Second-Team All-America (NCBWA and Ping!Baseball), Sixth-best player in college baseball (CollegeBaseballBlog.com), First-Team All Conference USA.
•Trent Whitehead:Second-Team All-America (NCBWA) and Third-Team (Ping!Baseball), First-Team All Conference USA.
•Seth Simmons: NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Watch List
•Seth Maness: First-Team All Conference USA
•Devin Harris: First-Team All Conference USA


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  • by Pir84ever Location: Greenville on Feb 2, 2010 at 09:58 AM
    Flash, lacrosse is primarily popular with folks from the north or with strong northern ties. There are over 300 schools participating in Division IA baseball and almost every crossroad community in America can field at least two baseball teams at each age level. When lacrosse catches up with that level of participation nationally, your initial comment may become valid. Until then, try to make relevant and valid contributions.
  • by Josephus Jr. Location: Bear Grass on Feb 2, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    THis ECU Team Is Really good.Excellent Coach Too. Saw them on TV Last Year.They Beat Soutn Carolina.I Really don't like S.Carolina. Josephus III Is In 10th Grade & Plays Baseball.I Think I Will call The Coach Up & Get Josephus III Him A Free Scholaship.First we have to figure out how to get his Grades Up . He Can hit the Baseball outta the park,but hates to study.He is i chip off of the old block.Just like his dad.
  • by Flash on Feb 1, 2010 at 03:45 PM
    I am from Pennsylvania and I love Lacrosse. It's a totally awesome sport.
  • by Flash on Feb 1, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    The only people who like college baseball are southerners and people from California.
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