East Carolina baseball’s next NCAA tournament game is Friday at noon, which will serve as the first game of super regional weekend nationwide.
The NCAA announced Tuesday morning that the Pirates will begin their best-of-three super regional series at Louisville on Friday and are scheduled to play Games 2 and 3 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. First pitch times are, in order, at noon (ESPN2), 3 p.m. (ESPNU) and noon (ESPN2).
ECU, the NCAA No 10 overall seed, and No. 7 Louisville have matching 47-16 records after they each won their regional as hosts on Monday. Louisville defeated Illinois State 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning on Monday afternoon in a winner-take-all final, and the Pirates defeated Campbell 12-3 in their final at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Monday night.
After making their 30th NCAA all-time appearance, this is the Pirates’ fifth time in school history making a super regional. They have never won a super regional series to advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Making it to Omaha this year will require winning two games over the Cardinals at Jim Patterson Stadium, where Louisville is 31-9 all-time in NCAA postseason contests. Louisville hosted a super regional in 2014, ’15, ’16, ’17 and this year.
Sixteen teams will play at eight super regional sites. The Pirates’ regular season included facing five of the 16 teams who are still in the NCAA tournament, including Duke, UCLA, North Carolina, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
Duke is set to play at No. 2 overall seed Vanderbilt in the super regionals. No. 14 UNC is hosting Auburn. The fourth Atlantic Coast Conference team still alive is Florida State, which will play at LSU this weekend.