East Carolina Pirates baseball

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East Carolina Pirates
Founded: 1907
2015 East Carolina Pirates baseball team
East Carolina Pirates athletic logo

University East Carolina University
Conference The American
Location Greenville, NC
Head Coach Cliff Godwin (1st year)
Home Stadium Clark-LeClair Stadium
(Capacity: 3,000)
Nickname Pirates
Colors

Purple and Gold

            
National Championships
NAIA: 1961
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Conference Tournament Champions
ECAC: 1982, 1984
CAA: 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2000
C-USA: 2002
Conference Champions
SoCon: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1977
ECAC: 1984, 1985
CAA: 1986, 1990, 2001
C-USA: 2004, 2009

The East Carolina Pirates baseball team is an intercollegiate baseball team representing East Carolina University in NCAA Division I college baseball and has made regular appearances in the NCAA Tournament, but as of 2010 has yet to appear in the College World Series.[1]

East Carolina participates as a full member of the American Athletic Conference. They have won two regular season championships and one tournament as a member of Conference USA, as well as several Colonial Athletic Association and Southern Conference championships previously.

The Pirates are coached by Cliff Godwin and play all of their games in Clark-LeClair Stadium, named after donor and alumnus Bill Clark and former coach Keith LeClair. Every year, the Pirates host a baseball tournament in Greenville in honor of Coach LeClair called the Keith LeClair Classic.

History[edit]

Conference[edit]

Head Coaches[edit]

  • Records are through the end of the 2009 Season[1]
Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1951-1953 Jack Boone 3 38-23-2 .623
1954-1962 James Mallory 9 (10) 145-52-0 .736
1963-1972 Earl Smith 10 185-103-2 .642
1973 James Mallory 1 (10) 16-8-0 .667
1974-1976 George Williams 3 56-32-0 .636
1977-1979 Monte Little 3 82-49-0 .626
1980-1984 Hal Baird 5 145-66-1 .687
1985-1997 Gary Overton 13 427-237-1 .643
1998-2002 Keith LeClair 5 212-96-1 .688
2003-2005 Randy Mazey 3 120-66-1 .644
2006–2013 Billy Godwin 6 232-136-0 .630
2014–Present Cliff Godwin 1 0-0 .000
Totals 11 coaches 63 seasons 1658-868-8 .656

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Clark-LeClair Stadium

Clark-LeClair Stadium is the home of Pirate baseball at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. The stadium was named after Pirate alumnus and key contributor Bill Clark and former Pirate skipper Keith LeClair.[2]

The stadium has 3,000 Stadium bleacher seats, plus space for several thousand more spectators in "The Jungle". There are concession and restroom facilities at the stadium plus a family picnic area. Amenities include the Pirate Club fundraising and hospitality suite and a private suite for the LeClair family.

The stadium is home to the 2007 ECU Invitational[3] and Keith LeClair Classic[4]

NAIA Tournament[edit]

In 1961 the ECU Pirates won the NAIA Baseball World Series championship to claim East Carolina's first National Championship in baseball. The East Carolina Pirates won 13-7 over the Sacramento State Hornets. Since then the Pirates have yet to make it to a baseball National title.

NCAA Tournament[edit]

Year Record Pct Notes
1964 1-2 .333 Lost to North Carolina in the District 3 Regional.
1966 0-2 .000 Lost to North Carolina in the District 3 Regional.
1968 1-2 .333 Lost to Florida State in the District 3 Regional.
1970 0-2 .000 Lost to Mississippi State in the District 3 Regional.
1974 0-2 .000 Lost to South Carolina in the District 3 Regional.
1977 0-2 .000 Lost to South Carolina in the Atlantic Regional.
1980 0-2 .000 Lost to Maine in the Northeast Regional.
1982 1-2 .333 Lost to West Virginia in the East Regional.
1984 2-2 .500 Lost to South Alabama in the South Regional.
1987 0-2 .000 Lost to Central Michigan in the Atlantic Regional.
1989 0-2 .000 Lost to Villanova in the East Regional.
1990 1-2 .333 Lost to N.C. State in the East Regional.
1991 1-2 .333 Lost to Ohio State in the Midwest Regional.
1993 1-2 .333 Lost to Ohio State in the Atlantic Regional.
1999 2-2 .500 Lost to LSU in the Baton Rouge Regional.
2000 2-2 .500 Lost to Louisiana-Lafayette in the Lafayette Regional.
2001 3-2 .600 Won Wilson Regional; Lost to Tennessee in the Kinston Super Regional.
2002 2-2 .500 Lost to Clemson in the Clemson Regional.
2003 1-2 .333 Lost to Stetson in the Atlanta Regional.
2004 3-2 .600 Won Kinston Regional; Lost to South Carolina in the Columbia Super Regional.
2005 0-2 .000 Lost to UNLV in the Tempe Regional.
2007 1-2 .333 Lost to Western Carolina in the Chapel Hill Regional.
2008 2-2 .500 Lost to Coastal Carolina in the Conway Regional.
2009 4-3 .571 Won Greenville Regional; Lost to North Carolina in the Chapel Hill Super Regional.
2011 1-2 .333 Lost to UVA in the Charlottesville Regional Final.
TOTALS[1] 29-51 .3625

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "History and Traditions" (PDF). East Carolina 2009 Baseball Media Guide. ECU Athletics. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  2. ^ "LEWIS FIELD AT CLARK-LeCLAIR STADIUM". ECU Athletics. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  3. ^ "2007 ECU Invitational". ECU Athletics. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  4. ^ "6th Annual Keith LeClair Classic". ECU Athletics. Retrieved 2009-04-24.