Although, they finished their season losing five of their last nine, East Carolina kept their National Championship hopes alive this past weekend by beating Bryant, defending National Champions Virginia, and William and Mary.
The Pirates' most recent win against William & Mary was the one that propelled them into the Super Regionals. East Carolina, however, played two other games, and used the bat to help them advance to today.
It all started Friday night at Davenport Stadium in Charlottesville (Va.), as the Pirates faced off against the Bryant Bulldogs. East Carolina's big left-handed pitcher Evan Kruczynski paved the way early with commanding pitching, as he lasted seven scoreless innings, giving up only six hits
Kruczynski's pitching gave way to ECU's offense as the bats came alive late to put up seven hits in the 8th inning on their way to a 9-1 victory.
The action continued Saturday as the Pirates faced off against the defending National Champion Virginia Cavaliers. The Cavaliers were leading the entire game and then came the resurgence from ECU. In a dramatic, almost cinematic 9th inning finish, the Pirates put up five runs, and then a hero was born. With two runners on and one out, Travis Watkins smashed a ball over the left-center field fence to cap off the improbable 9th inning comeback against the Cavaliers.
Following the walk-off win against Virginia, the Pirates stamped their tickets to the Super Regional by beating William & Mary 8-4, and were crowned champions of the Virginia regional tournament. This marks the fourth regional win for the Pirates, but the first on the road. ECU will play the winner of the Lubbock regionals this upcoming weekend.