D1Baseball ranks ECU 10th in preseason poll

 GREENVILLE, N.C. – The East Carolina baseball team continues to garner preseason recognition as it was ranked No. 10 in D1Baseball.com’s Top 25 poll, which was released Tuesday morning. This marks the third preseason national ranking for the Pirates, who were tabbed No. 10 by Perfect Game and No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball.

 The Pirates (38-23-1, 15-8-1 American), who have made 28 NCAA Regional appearances, claimed the 2016 Charlottesville Regional and advanced to their fourth NCAA Super Regional in Lubbock, Texas picking up the programs first-ever Super Regional win (8-6) against No. 5 National Seed Texas Tech in game one of the three-game series.

 A year ago, the Pirates finished ranked in the top 16 in five major polls (Baseball America/No. 15, Collegiate Baseball/No. 15, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association/No. 15, D1Baseball/No. 16 and USA Today/No. 16) marking the first time since 2009 ECU had finished ranked in four or more polls.

 The Pirates, who were picked first by the American Athletic Conference coaches in the preseason poll, will begin spring practice on Friday, Jan. 27 and are set to open the 2017 season on the road at Ole Miss on Friday, Feb. 17 with a 5 p.m. (ET) scheduled first pitch.

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