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Michigan head coach Erik Bakich greets Christan Bullock (5) during an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against UCLA in Los Angeles, Saturday, June 8, 2019. UCLA won 5-4. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The College World Series national championship best-of-three series began Monday night with Michigan head coach Erik Bakich and assistant head coach Nick Schnabel both proudly wearing No. 23 to honor Keith LeClair on major college baseball's biggest and final stage in Omaha, Neb.

LeClair coached the Michigan now-coaches, along with current East Carolina head coach Cliff Godwin and plenty others, while leading the Pirates to a 212-96-1 record from 1998-2002. LeClair died at age 40 on July 17, 2006, after a five-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Michigan won Game 1 over Vanderbilt, never trailing in a 7-4 victory to move one win away from claiming the national championship.

Bakich, 41, a Vanderbilt assistant from 2003-09, and Schnabel played together at ECU in 1999 and 2000. Godwin was a Pirate catcher from 1998-2001.

Godwin posted on Twitter last Friday that he will go to Omaha during the national championship to support his former teammates who are honoring LeClair and trying to give the Wolverines their first national title since 1962. Michigan made an upset run to return to the CWS for first time since 1984, eliminating No. 1 overall seed UCLA during the super regional round.

Vanderbilt is the NCAA No. 2 overall seed for the 64-team tournament that began May 31. ECU was eliminated by Louisville in a super regional on June 8.

The LeClair coaching tree also includes Bryant Ward, who wears No. 23 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UCLA.

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ECU

August 22, 2019 - 1 minute ago

East Carolina’s first athletic even of the academic year started and stopped and continued again and stopped again, then was canceled because of inclement weather.

ECU’s soccer team was not able to finish Thursday night’s match against George Mason on Thursday night, even with the…

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August 22, 2019

First-year East Carolina defensive coordinator Bob Trott and first-year Pirate football head coach Mike Houston were similar with their words Wednesday that they think they know what to expect from N.C. State's offense, but they said preparing for an opponent during Week 1 of the season is…

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August 21, 2019

Many intricacies and focuses for East Carolina football players have changed with Monday's start to the fall semester and the N.C. State game a little more than a week away, but Pirate coach Mike Houston had no plans of intensity dipping with the transition from preseason workouts to in-season and…

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August 20, 2019

No more waiting for Holton Ahlers or the rest of the East Carolina football team or Pirate fans.

With next Saturday’s noon kickoff at N.C. State getting closer and closer, first-year Pirate coach Mike Houston officially announced after Tuesday’s practice that Ahlers will be his…

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August 20, 2019

Quarterback Holton Ahlers led East Carolina’s football team in rushing last season with 592 yards and six touchdowns on 119 carries.

New offensive principles are in place at ECU under a new coaching staff, leading to some intrigue about Ahlers and his run availability. Would this staff, led…

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August 19, 2019

East Carolina first-year football coach Mike Houston described the Pirates' No. 1 center, Branden Pena, as a "tough joker" on Saturday.

The football-centric praise showed how far the relationship has come between Pena and Houston since December.

"Branden Pena is a guy that I didn't know his name…

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August 17, 2019

Moments of reflection Saturday brought East Carolina first-year head football coach Mike Houston back to the spring.

The physicality he saw Saturday during the Pirates' final preseason scrimmage was vastly different from the spring Purple-Gold Game.

Darius Pinnix displayed his punishing rushing…

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August 17, 2019

East Carolina’s football players were asked about their favorite ice cream flavor Saturday and they got the opportunity to pick on teammates, but there also were serious questions pointed their way about the Aug. 31 opener at N.C. State and the rest of an important season for the Pirates…

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August 17, 2019

In an exhibition match defined by defense, Jenna Dages scored the only goal for the East Carolina women’s soccer team to top VCU 1-0 on Friday night inside Johnson Stadium.

Dages’ goal came at the 45:34 mark. From there, goalie Meaghan Haley and ECU's defense helped to maintain the lead.…

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August 17, 2019

Here are five East Carolina football players who have stepped up during preseason camp and will be looking to continue their momentum when the Pirates complete camp with a scrimmage Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium:

1. Xavier Smith, linebacker: Smith has kind of quietly morphed from a tight end…

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