To say East Carolina is a absolute powerhouse is an understatement. They have won the Mid-Atlantic Region four years in a row and five of the last seven years. While the Mid-Atlantic Championship Crown has been one they are used to wearing, the National Championship Crown hasn’t been so easily attainable for the Pirates. In their first appearance at the World Series in 2011 and winning the National Championship, they had a two year hiatus before returning in 2014. After dissappointing finishes at the World Series in 2014, 2015 and 2016, ECU absolutely dominated the World Series in 2017 behind incredible pitching and defense. In 4 games at the World Series, they only gave up 1-run. That isn’t a typo…1-run! It was safe to say they were on a mission behind first year head coach Ben Fox. After 10 innings and a complete game behind World Series MVP, Tanner Duncan, the mission was complete. ECU won their 2nd National Championship in the greatest game in NCBA World Series history, defeating UCF 1-0. Is there anyway ECU can make it five straight trips to the World Series, or will it be another Mid-Atlantic Team in 2018? Check out the Mid-Atlantic Team Previews to figure out who will be in Holly Springs this year!
-Division I PRESEASON TOP 20 POLL RELEASED 1/25/18!