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The East Carolina baseball team earned its highest preseason ranking after being tabbed No. 20 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) the organization announced Monday. The Pirates have also garnered national rankings from D1Baseball (No. 21), Perfect Game (No. 23), Baseball America (No. 25) and Collegiate Baseball (No. 36).
The Pirates, who have made 30 NCAA Regional appearances, won the American Athletic Conference regular season title with a league-best 20 wins, hosted the Greenville Regional (fifth in program history) for the second-straight year in 2019 after earning a No. 10 National seed and advanced to the Louisville Super Regional. A year ago, the Pirates finished ranked in all six national polls (Perfect Game/No. 11, Baseball America/No. 12, USA Today/No. 12, D1Baseball/No. 13, NCBWA/No. 13 and Collegiate Baseball/No. 15) after posting a 47-18 overall record.
Joining ECU in the preseason poll are 2020 opponents Duke (No. 15), North Carolina (No. 19) and Ole Miss (No. 25).
Season tickets are officially on sale with packages starting as low as $120. Pirate fans have seven different options to choose from and can purchase their 2019 tickets by utilizing ECU's Online Ticket Center
or by contacting the ECU Athletic Ticket Office at (252) 737-4500.
Chair Back with Seat Rights - $200
Chair Back Upgrade (must have Pirate Club approval) - $400
Regular Reserved Bench - $200
Faculty/Staff Reserved Bench - $160
Senior Citizen Reserved Bench - $160
Young Grad Reserved Bench - $120
Economy Plan (Section 201/202 & Jungle) - $120
The Pirates, who were picked first by The American in the preseason poll, began spring practice on Friday, Jan. 24 and are set to open the 2020 season at home playing host to William & Mary on Friday, Feb. 14 with a 4 p.m. (ET) scheduled first pitch.