ECU Voted Third in AAC Preseason Poll

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The American Athletic Conference unveiled its 2015 preseason baseball poll and East Carolina was voted to finish third.

Making its debut as a member of the American Athletic Conference, East Carolina has been picked third in the 2015 preseason baseball poll, as chosen by the league’s eight head coaches Monday afternoon.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Cliff Godwin, the Pirates return 16 letterwinners including 2014 All-Conference USA Freshman Team selections Bryce Harman and Charlie Yorgen, as well as 2013 All C-USA performers David Lucroy and Travis Watkins.

Also stepping onto the diamond are 11 newcomers, which consist of three junior college transfers in Jimmy Boyd (Brunswick CC), Parker Lamm (Pitt CC) and Jeff Nelson (Pierce College).

East Carolina also welcomes eight true freshmen in Ryan Clinch, Ross Gardner, Joe Ingle, Mason Keen, Jackson Mims, Jack Owens , Bailey Sugg and Evan Voliva to go along with redshirt freshman Cameron Snow. The pitching trio of Davis Kirkpatrick, T.J. McDonald and Brandon Saunders will miss the entire 2015 season due to injuries.

The Pirates, who are set to open their 80th season of intercollegiate baseball on Feb. 13 at home against 2014 College World Series Runner-Up Virginia, won the 1961 NAIA National Championship, have claimed 23 conference titles (13 regular season/ 10 tournament), made 26 NCAA Regionals and advanced to three Super Regionals (2001, 2004 and 2009).

2015 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL

1. Houston (6) – 48 points

2. UCF (2) – 41

3. East Carolina – 35

4. UConn – 28

5. USF – 27

6. Tulane – 22

7. Memphis – 16

8. Cincinnati – 7

(First-place votes in parentheses)

PRESEASON PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR: Ian Happ, Jr., OF, Cincinnati

PRESEASON PITCHER-OF-THE-YEAR: Jimmy Herget, Jr., USF

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

P – Zach Rodgers, Sr., UCF

P – Jimmy Herget, Jr., USF

P – Aaron Garza, Sr., Houston

P – Andrew Lantrip, So., Houston

P – Jake Lemoine, Jr., Houston

RP – Jared Robinson, Sr., Houston

C – Max McDowell, So., UConn

1B – Bobby Melley, So., UConn

2B – Dylan Moore, Sr., UCF

3B – Connor Hollis, So., Houston

SS – Kyle Teaf, Jr., USF

OF – Ian Happ, Jr., Cincinnati

OF – Blake Davey, Jr., UConn

OF – Kyle Survance, Jr., Houston

DH – Matt Diorio, So., UCF


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