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Harvey named AAC's top defender


East Carolina defensive end Nate Harvey (40) celebrates a sack against Old Dominion earlier this season.


ECU, Staff reports

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Nate Harvey leads college football in tackles for loss, and he made history for East Carolina on Wednesday when he became the Pirates’ first-ever conference defensive player of the year.

Harvey, who was a reserve running back a season ago before switching to defensive end this preseason as a senior, was picked as the American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year, while wide receiver Trevon Brown and kicker Jake Verity joined Harvey as first-team all-conference selections.

A Knightdale native who began his collegiate career at Georgia Military College, Harvey leads the nation with 24 tackles for loss, and his 13.5 sacks rank third.

Harvey passed Houston star lineman Ed Oliver during a game against Connecticut on Nov. 17 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for the AAC record for tackles for loss in a season. He also is the Pirates’ record-holder.

He is 1.5 sacks shy of ECU’s single-season record of 15 (Rod Coleman/1997) and one short of the American record of 14.5 set by Louisville’s Marcus Smith in 2013.

Brown has posted consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He stands second all-time at ECU in receiving touchdowns (24), and is fourth in receptions (186) and receiving yards (2,904).

Verity earned his first career all-conference accolade thanks to an 18-of-20 mark on field goals. He has made at least one FG in 10 out of 11 games for the Pirates (3-8), including tying his career-high with a 52-yarder against Memphis.


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June 11, 2019


East Carolina alum Cliff Godwin was hired as ECU’s 16th head baseball coach on June 25, 2014, and within a week, he and the Pirates received a verbal commitment from a local standout in D.H. Conley High School star hitter Bryant Packard.

In the following weeks and months, ECU…

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June 11, 2019

East Carolina baseball coach Cliff Godwin said Tuesday morning he has not been contacted by Florida State about its coaching vacancy, and he also said that all five ECU juniors who were drafted last are leaving school and pursuing their professional careers.

The juniors leaving are Jake Agnos,…


June 09, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It was a difficult postgame exchange between East Carolina fifth-year baseball coach Cliff Godwin and Louisville 13th year coach Dan McDonnell on Saturday afternoon, much like it was difficult on the Pirates during their two NCAA super regional losses to Louisville to end…

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June 09, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The thousands of fans in red and the play on the field by Louisville at Jim Patterson Stadium during the NCAA super regional round trumped East Carolina and its hopes of finally breaking through and getting to Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series this year.


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June 08, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Jim Patterson Stadium scoreboard read during the third inning Saturday that Louisville had six runs on six hits, while East Carolina was scoreless with no hits.

If Friday’s rout by the Cardinals was not enough of a sign, it became official Saturday that ECU’s…

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June 08, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bobby Miller’s fastball-heavy approach against East Carolina on Saturday proved to be nearly unhittable.

For eight innings, it was unhittable.

Louisville baseball advanced to the College World Series, ended East Carolina’s season and Miller led a shutout of the…

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June 07, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tyler Fitzgerald, the No. 3 hitter in the Louisville batting order, finished 4-for-5 on Friday for the first four-hit game of his three-year career with the Cardinals.

No hit was more important than his RBI double during a four-run fourth inning that completely changed the…

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June 07, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The rain was steady during the most important half-inning at Jim Patterson Stadium on Friday, only adding to a dampening day for East Carolina baseball that has the Pirates back in elimination mode during the NCAA tournament.

After having its first 10 batters retired in…

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June 07, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There were plenty of times last weekend when East Carolina’s baseball players had 5,000 fans cheering for them at Clark-LeClair Stadium and helping them navigate and force their way to an NCAA Greenville Regional championship.

It will be different this weekend,…


June 06, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -— Two more wins.

It is a historical and even monumental task for any East Carolina team at this point in the NCAA baseball tournament, but the Pirates are back in a super regional, and this team is tasked with winning a best-of-three super regional series at Louisville…

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