East Carolina has announced its baseball schedule for 2023. Here is a release from ECU Media Relations about the board.
A total of 34 home games, including the 20th annual Keith LeClair Classic, as well as 30 contests against teams ranked in the top 100 of the final 2022 RPI rankings, contribute to the East’s 2023 baseball program tournament schedule released Wednesday morning of Year Nine Carolina Baseball Program to form the American Athletic Conference Head Coach and Acting Coach of the Year Cliff Godwin.
In addition, three-time AAC regular-season champions Pirates will play 12 games (nine at home) against teams that qualified for an NCAA Regional a season earlier, as well as eight against teams that qualified in the recent top-25 polls were placed or received votes in 2022.
Season tickets for the 2023 East Carolina baseball season are officially on sale and can be ordered through ECUPirates.com or by calling (252) 737-4500.
Baseball renewal applications are currently being mailed to 2022 season ticket holders, but fans can use ECU’s Online Ticket Center, make reservations by phone, or visit the ticket office in the meantime to purchase by the Jan. 3 deadline. Season ticket prices have remained the same in 2022, which remains lower than state and conference opponent competitors. Chairback tickets are less than $8 per ticket and Economy Plan tickets are less than $5 per game for the season.
“We’re very excited about the schedule we’ve been able to put together for the 2023 season,” said Godwin. “As a program, we always want to have a strong, competitive roster to prepare for the postseason. This schedule is full of top-flight opponents who push us to play our best baseball in every game. Pirate nation, secure your season tickets today. GO PIRATE!”
College baseball’s 89th season at the ECU begins with a three-game home game against George Washington (February 17-19), followed by a midweek trip to rival Campbell (February 21). The Pirates then host North Carolina in the first two games of a weekend series on February 25-26 before concluding with a Sunday contest at Chapel Hill (February 27).
After East Carolina trekked to the Triangle on February 28th to brawl with Duke, East Carolina returns straight to the friend zone for the 20th edition of the Keith LeClair Classic (March 3-5), which features games against Indiana, Long Beach State and Georgetown take place.
In addition to the George Washington and North Carolina series and the LeClair Classic, the ECU Liberty (March 10-12), William & Mary (March 15), Missouri State (March 17-19), George Mason (3 24- 26), UNCW (March 28), NC State (April 4), Old Dominion (April 11), and Campbell (May 16) in non-conference games.
The non-league road schedule includes tilts with Queen’s University (March 7), Elon (March 8), UNCW (March 14), Campbell (March 22), Charlotte (April 19), NC State (March 25). April) and Old Dominion (May 9). The Pirates are also scheduled to play at five minor league stadiums during the regular season – Durham Bulls Athletic Park (Duke/Feb. 28), Atrium Health Park in Kannapolis, NC (Queen’s University/March 7), Segra Stadium in Fayetteville, NC (Campbell/March 27), Truist Park in Charlotte, NC (Charlotte/April 19), and Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia (Old Dominion/May 9).
East Carolina begins its quest for an unprecedented consecutive AAC regular-season championship with a series in Houston (March 31-April 2). The Pirates will also visit the state of Wichita (April 21-23), Cincinnati (May 5-7) and South Florida (May 18-20) to compete in the home series against UCF (April 6-8). ), Cincinnati (14-16), Tulane (28-30 April) and Memphis (12-14 May).
The American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship will be played again at BayCare Ballpark (May 23-28) in Clearwater, Florida, home of the Clearwater Threshers (Class A Advanced affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies). East Carolina defeated Houston 6-1 in the championship game of the 2022 edition of the tournament.
The NCAA Regional (June 2-5) and Super Regional (June 9-12) venues will be determined in May, while the College World Series will be held June 16-26 at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Neb . ECU and Stanford are the only two programs in the US to host four consecutive regional tournaments.
Godwin has guided East Carolina to six NCAA Regional berths (2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022 Regional Host), four Super Regional appearances (2022 Host), two AAC Tournament Crowns, and an overall record of 304-151-1 (.668). . Twenty players have earned All-America status, 23 were named to the NCAA All-Regional Selections, 33 were named to the All-American Conference lists (26 on the First Team), and 14 were drafted by Major League Baseball teams.
The 2022-23 recruiting class consists of seven infielders (Cam Murphy, Dixon WilliamsNate Chrismon, Connor Rasmussen, Colby Thorndyke, Parker Byrd and Cam Burgess), an outfielder (Miles Curley), two catchers (Sam Johnson & Nick Delisi) and seven pitchers (Lane EssaryJonathan Childress, Tyler Bradt, Zach Root, Mason Smith, Willie Lumpkin and Landon Gin).
ECU brings back 24 players including Third-Team All-American and AAC Pitcher of the Year Carter SpiveyFreshman All-American Jacob Jenkins-Cowart and six All-Conference honorees in Spivey (First Team), Lane Hoover (First team), Cam Clonch (second team) Alec Makarewicz (second team) Garret Saylor (Second team) and Jacob Starling (Second team). Overall, the roster consists of 11 freshmen, 10 sophomores, 15 juniors and four seniors.