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Recruiting rankings make ECU history

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East Carolina head coach Cliff Godwin on March 31, 2017. (File/The Daily Reflector)

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ECU, staff reports

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

East Carolina baseball’s recent recruiting efforts have hit unprecedented heights, as last year’s No. 23 national ranking was backed up Tuesday when this year’s Pirate recruiting class was ranked No. 19 by Baseball America.

The 16-player group gave ECU nationally-ranked recruiting classes in consecutive years for the first time in school history. The Pirates were also the only team from North Carolina, or the American Athletic Conference, in this year’s Top 25.

This class features the most recent Division II junior college player of the year (outfielder Chandler Jenkins from Catawba Valley CC) and multiple freshmen looking for big roles at ECU, which had nine seniors last season and posted a 32-28 record.

Gavin Williams is a 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher from Cape Fear High School who was a Major League Baseball draft prospect, but ended up signing with the Pirates. He is considered by many as the lead newcomer, along with Jenkins and freshmen catchers Spencer Smith and Seth Caddell.

“(This is) another strong group of newcomers, headlined by Williams and Smith. Williams is big, projectable and has frontline starter upside,” Baseball America wrote about ECU. “He has an easy delivery and has already touched 95 mph, giving some the belief that he could eventually hit 100. His curveball still needs work, but he has made strides with his pitchability.”

Williams is one of nine potential pitchers joining the Pirates, including Noah Jones from D.H. Conley.

“We are excited about the talent, character and competitiveness this group brings to the program,” ECU coach Cliff Godwin said. “This class will continue to represent ECU baseball in a first-class manner on and off the field.”

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June 17, 2018

The United States team completed a dominant run at the FIBA Americas U18 basketball tournament in Ontario, Canada, on Saturday night with a 113-74 victory against the host Canadian squad to take the gold medal.

East Carolina first-year coach Joe Dooley helped pick the team, which was led…

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June 16, 2018

East Carolina sophomore outfielder Bryant Packard earned his school-record seventh All-America honor after being named a first-teamer by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Saturday.

Packard led ECU in seven offensive categories, including batting average (.406) to rank seventh nationally.…

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June 15, 2018

East Carolina first-year coach Joe Dooley played in part in assembling the roster for the USA Basketball U18 National Team that could be on a collision course to face host team Canada this weekend in the championship game of the FIBA Americas tournament.

Dooley was a court coach during…

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June 14, 2018

To many in the world of women’s basketball, Anne Donovan was a giant. And not just because she stood 6-foot-8.

She won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals as a player and another as a coach in her storied career. She died Wednesday and people in Greenville…

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June 13, 2018

Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer and former East Carolina women’s head coach who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56.

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June 12, 2018

Reality set in for East Carolina shot put standout Galissia Cause during her hotel check-in last week in Eugene, Ore., for the track and field NCAA Outdoor Championships.

She competed at the NCAA East Regional meet in all four of her seasons, but only this year did the senior make it past…

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June 10, 2018

There is a group text message involving some recent East Carolina baseball players.

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There is a grind associated with the day-to-…

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June 08, 2018

Galissia Cause already was the East Carolina record holder in the outdoor shot put and she ended her collegiate career Thursday night in All-America fashion, placing 10th in the shot put event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Ore. Taking 10th place garnered her second-team All-…

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June 07, 2018

East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin had been linked to the Mississippi State head coaching position this week, but Godwin confirmed Thursday that he is staying with the Pirates.

This is the second Southeastern Conference school that has shown interest in Godwin, who is an ECU alum and former…

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June 06, 2018

Just like last June, East Carolina baseball’s pitching ace is headed to the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

ECU Friday night starter Chris Holba was selected early in the final day of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday, going in the 11th round to the Cardinals. St. Louis also…

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