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ECU Roundup: More on Packard/golf results

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East Carolina baseball outfielder Bryant Packard.

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The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

East Carolina junior outfielder Bryant Packard picked up his fifth preseason All-America selection on Tuesday, earning a first-team nod from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Packard posted a .406 batting average as a sophomore and also led the American Athletic Conference in hits, slugging percentage and total bases. He is projected to be the Pirates’ starting left fielder and leadoff hitter in the batting order again this year, but he could also see some action in center.

“There’s no weird angles off the bat, like there is in left field with some sidespin,” Packard said last week. “Center field is fun, it can be just a lot of running.”

Also this week, the NCBWA ranked the Pirates No. 14 in its preseason poll. ECU is ranked as high as No. 11 by D1baseball.com.

Golfers complete tourneys

The ECU men’s golf team opened its spring season with a ninth-place finish out of 14 teams at the Sea Best Invitational hosted by Jacksonville University. The Pirates carded a 28-over-par total and were the lone unranked team to place in the top-10, finishing two strokes ahead of No. 24 UNLV.

“We had a great opportunity to beat some ranked teams, and we did beat UNLV who is ranked 24, but couldn’t pass any others,” ECU coach Andrew Sapp said in a release.

Freshman A.J. Beechler recorded his first career top-10, totaling 11 birdies and carding a 1-under after shooting 70-68-71.

In women’s action, Dorthea Forbrigd (71-67-76) shot a 2-under and led the Pirates to 10th place among 16 at the UCF Challenge. ECU was 3-under overall to finish ahead of three top-50 teams (No. 18 Illinois, No. 36 College of Charleston and No. 49 SMU).

“I saw a lot of really good things in the first tournament of the spring,” coach Kevin Williams said in a release. “We came into the event as the 13th-highest ranked team in the field and finished in the top-10.”

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ECU

June 24, 2019

Prep teams from all over North Carolina and Virginia took the fields at North Recreation Complex on Saturday with bragging rights on the line during East Carolina football’s annual Beast of the East 7-on-7 tournament.

Representing Pitt County was D.H. Conley, which made its mark especially on…

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June 24, 2019

From kicking specialists to soon-to-be Pirate signees to exuberant youngsters and women ready to take the field and play more football, first-year East Carolina coach Mike Houston is using June and July to welcome all kinds of campers to ECU football's facilities and fields.

Last week provided a…

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June 23, 2019

East Carolina baseball athletic trainer Zac Womack was first to receive a call from the Cleveland Indians about ECU injured pitcher Trey Benton, who received the final call from the Indians on June 5 when they drafted him in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.

Benton, a junior right-…

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June 21, 2019

An East Carolina official team spokesman confirmed Friday afternoon that ECU basketball guard Shawn Williams, the American Athletic Conference rookie of the year for 2017-18, entered the NCAA transfer portal.

The Pirates have Jayden Gardner and Seth LeDay returning from last season’s team,…

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June 19, 2019

A bill that would allow alcohol sales to the general public during UNC system sporting events and open a new revenue source for East Carolina University and other state universities is headed to the governor.

House Bill 389 was approved Monday by the state Senate and on Wednesday passed in the…

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June 19, 2019

Each of the four American Athletic Conference basketball teams that participated in the 2019 NCAA tournament will visit Minges Coliseum to play East Carolina during the upcoming season, but talented Memphis is not on ECU’s home schedule.

The American Athletic Conference announced its league…

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June 18, 2019

Slugger Spencer Brickhouse joined two East Carolina baseball teammates this week to give the Pirates three All-Americans in the same season for the first time since 2004, when four Pirates earned All-America status.

The Pirates have had an All-American on their team every year dating back to 2013.…

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June 11, 2019

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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,…

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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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