Despite heart-breaking end Sunday, East Carolina's baseball program's future is bright

The Pirate baseball team came up just short of Omaha, but the future is incredibly bright for the program.

East Carolina's baseball season came to a heartbreaking end for the Pirates in the Super Regionals on Sunday.

In the deciding game three of a best of three series, the Pirates fell 11-0 to Texas Tech, which advanced the Red Raiders to the College World Series.

The blowout in game three was not an accurate representation of the series, however. The Pirates came out with great energy in game one and were able to win by a score of 8 to 6.

Then came game two, which may be the game that haunts the ECU baseball team and fans this offseason. The Pirates fell to the Red Raiders 3-1 in a game that took 13 innings to decide. The Pirates had some golden opportunities to win game two, but were unable to manufacture runs late in the game with runners in scoring position and the game on the line.

The following day, the Pirates lost an 11-0 blowout, which sent them home just one win away from their first trip to the College World Series in 28 playoff appearances.

Although the season ended on a tough note, it’s not all negative for the East Carolina baseball program. The Pirates finished a respectable 38-23-1 on the season and brought even more energy to a program that has been steadily on the rise.

Coach Cliff Godwin brings a certain attitude and swagger to the team that not only seems to fit perfectly with the players, but also the school and Pirate Nation as a whole. The Pirates play with a chip on their shoulder and it's something coach Godwin embraces. We have a lot to look forward to with him in Greenville.

Along with Godwin, ECU has some key players who will be returning next season. Pitching ace Evan Kruczynski and catcher Travis Watkins will both be back for their senior seasons and will certainly be two key players for the Pirates. Also, Dwanya Williams-Sutton will be returning after his breakout freshman year in which he lead the AAC in batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage at the end of the regular season. These are just a few names on the list of returning Pirates, who will be very valuable players next season.

As bright as the future looks, Pirate Nation owes a huge thank you to the seniors who did so much to help get this program where it is today on and off of the field. Starting pitcher Jimmy Boyd and outfielders Garrett Brooks, Jeff Nelson and Parker Lamm have all played their last game as Pirates and will surely be missed. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to the ECU baseball program.

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