GREENVILLE, N.C. – The ECU baseball team will play host to Pitt Community College in an exhibition contest on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium fifth-year head coach Cliff Godwin announced Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET) and admission is free to all spectators (concessions will not be sold).
In its first fall exhibition, ECU defeated Virginia 5-2 collecting 10 hits with a combined five coming from Bryant Packard (three) and Brady Lloyd (two). Christian Smallwood blasted a solo home run, while Thomas Francisco drove in a pair of runs. The Pirates pitching staff allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out nine Cavaliers.
The Pirates, who began fall the fall semester on Monday, Aug. 20 welcomed in 10 new members to the program that consist of two infielders (Thomas Francisco and Ryder Giles), three outfielders (Lane Hoover, Christian Jayne and Christian Smallwood), a pair of two-way players (Connor Norby and Stephen Wilmer) and three pitchers (Evan Odum, Garrett Saylor and Carter Spivey).
ECU returns 23 letterwinners, including USA Collegiate National Team members Jake Agnos and All-American Bryant Packard, Freshman All-America selections Spencer Brickhouse (2017) and Alec Burleson (2018) as well as 2018 AAC All-Tournament honorees Turner Brown and Jake Kuchmaner. In all, the roster is made up of nine freshmen, eight sophomores, 10 juniors and seven seniors.
During his four years at the helm of the program, Godwin has guided ECU to three NCAA Regional berths (2018 Greenville Regional host), a Super Regional appearance, two American Athletic Conference Tournament titles and a 154-91-1 (.628) overall record. Eight players have earned All-America status, seven were NCAA All-Regional selections, 12 were named all-conference (11 first-teamers), while six were drafted by Major League Baseball teams.
Following the Sunday exhibition, the Pirates will continue their fall workouts leading up to the annual Purple-Gold World Series, which will be held Nov. 2-4 (times to be determined) and admission to the series is free of charge to fans.