Stephen Birckhouse, a Bunn, North Carolina native has been revered as the best player in the state, and will be joining East Carolina's lineup next year as the Pirates are looking to make another run at Omaha in the 2017 season.
The 6-foot-3 200 pound Brickhouse said that being committed to the program is the greatest feeling, and noted that it was because of coach Cliff Godwin that he decided to commit.
"It is extremely exciting to be committed," said Brickhouse. "I committed right after coach Cliff got there. When he took me on a visit I knew right away I wanted to go there. I knew I was going to get better if I went there."
Then, Brickhouse said that the Pirates are inevitably Omaha bound because of desire from Godwin and the and the team.
"When I took my visit, I felt like coach Godwin had the heart and desire to make it to Omaha," said Brickhouse. "I want to do whatever I can to put the Pirates in Omaha."
Brickhouse also said that Godwin trusts him to enhance the program, but Brickhouse says he welcomes the pressure of being of being under the spotlight.
"The pressure drives me to prove I'm the number one player," said Brickhouse. "I'm looking to become all around better to help the team win more games. Coach Godwin has put a lot of trust in me to make the program better and I look to fulfill that promise."
Godwin, as some may know, declined to take the head coaching job at Alabama and stayed with ECU. Clearly Godwin has a way to motivate players and is able to attract top talen such as Brickhouse to the program which is an intangible asset for Pirate baseball.
Brickhouse continued by reflecting this past season, and commented on the level of enthusiasm the team played with as well as the powerhouse ECU has become.
"They had an extremely good year," said Brickhouse. "Some guys really stepped up and hit the ball. Watkins and Dwanya and others, and Evan pitched lights out every time he went on the mound. All around the team had a lot of heart and showed that ECU belongs on the map as one of the best college baseball teams."