If ever there were a time for baseball cliches to come true at East Carolina, it might be now.
References to pitching and defense winning championships fly around baseball parks as much as actual baseballs this time of year, and the Pirates are set to open the 2011 season today armed with both.
In a college baseball season focused largely on the shift to new bats which will likely cut down on home runs, the Pirates have a potential double whammy for opposing hitters with their veteran pitching staff.
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