GREENVILLE, N.C. (ECU) – The ECU Baseball team received its seventh preseason national ranking of the 2019 season after being picked No. 14 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) the organization announced Monday. The Pirates have also earned national rankings from D1Baseball (No. 11), Perfect Game (No. 11), Baseball America (No. 12), College Baseball Daily (No. 13), USA Today/Coaches (No. 14) and Collegiate Baseball (No. 35).
The Pirates, who have made 29 NCAA Regional appearances, won their second American Athletic Conference Tournament title and hosted the Greenville Regional (fourth in program history) in 2018 after garnering a No. 12 National Seed. A year ago, the Pirates finished ranked in five national polls (Perfect Game/No. 21, Baseball America/No. 23, NCBWA/No. 23, USA Today/No. 23 and Collegiate Baseball/No. 29) after posting a 44-18 overall record.
Joining ECU in the preseason poll are 2019 opponents UCLA (No. 4), North Carolina (No. 7), Ole Miss (No. 11), Mississippi State (No. 13), Duke (No. 25), Connecticut (No. 35) and Houston (No. 40). Also receiving votes in the NCBWA Preseason Top 40 poll are Elon and UNCW.
Season tickets are officially on sale with packages starting as low as $120. Pirate fans have seven different options to choose from and can purchase their 2018 tickets by utilizing ECU’s Online Ticket Center (http://bit.ly/2gJlK0Y) or by contacting the ECU Athletic Ticket Office at (252) 737-4500.
Chair Back with Seat Rights – $200
Chair Back Upgrade (must have Pirate Club approval) – $400
Regular Reserved Bench – $200
Faculty/Staff Reserved Bench – $160
Senior Citizen Reserved Bench – $160
Young Grad Reserved Bench – $120
Economy Plan (Section 201/202 & Jungle) – $120
The Pirates, who were picked first by The American in the preseason poll, began spring practice on Friday, Jan. 25 and are set to open the 2019 season at home playing host to Radford on Friday, Feb. 15 with a 4 p.m. (ET) scheduled first pitch.