GREENVILLE, Pitt County — The East Carolina University baseball team released its 2019 baseball schedule on Wednesday and will face nine opponents which were nationally ranked last season. The Pirates will also have 18 of their first 25 games at home.
The Pirates' will have 29 home games overall, including the 16th annual Keith LeClair Classic. The season opens on Feb. 15-17 at home against Radford. The Keith LeClair Classic is March 1-3 with Utah, Wright State and Western Carolina.
“Our 2019 schedule is filled with quality opponents,” Godwin said. “The American Athletic Conference will once again be one of the best baseball conferences in the country. The combination of playing in one of the toughest conferences along with our quality non-conference schedule will prepare us for postseason play. Pirate Nation, let’s make sure to pack Clark-LeClair Stadium and The Jungle.”
The schedule also includes games at Mississippi State (March 5), Ole Miss (March 6) Maryland (March 15-17), UCLA (April 12-13), Old Dominion (April 23) and North Carolina (May 8). ECU won't have a home game with UNC and isn't scheduled to play N.C. State this season. The Pirates will face Duke on March 12 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
ECU will play a pair of road non-conference series at Maryland (March 15-17) and UCLA (April 12-13) as well as single games at Mississippi State (March 5), Ole Miss (March 6), Old Dominion (April 23) and North Carolina (May 8).
The Pirates return 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 consists of nine freshmen, eight sophomores, 10 juniors and seven seniors.