The No.13 ranked East Carolina University Pirates baseball team (44-15, 20-8 American Athletic Conference) will travel to Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tennessee, for a three-game series against the Vanderbilt University Commodores (43-15, 19-10 Southeastern Conference) in the Nashville Super Regional from June 11 through June 13.
The Pirates won the Greenville Regional on June 6 after they defeated the University of Maryland Terrapins (30-18, 28-16 Big Ten Conference) 9-6 at Clark LeClair Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina. ECU also defeated the Norfolk State University Spartans (25-28 18-10 Mid Eastern Atlantic Conference) 8-5 on June 4 and the University of North Carolina Charlotte (40-21, 24-8 Conference USA) to win the regional on June 5.
On June 4 against Norfolk State, freshman pitcher A.J. Wilson got his first win of the season and recorded two strikeouts. Sophomore infielder Thomas Fransisco led the team in RBIs with three. In runs, Francisco and sophomore infielder Connor Norby each had two apiece, which led the team.
On June 5 against Charlotte, redshirt senior pitcher Matt Bridges picked up his fifth win of the season in relief. Bridges recorded three strikeouts and one hit. Norby and junior outfielder Bryson Worrell led the team in runs with two each. Furthermore, Norby and freshman outfielder/infielder Alec Makarewicz both led the team in hits with two each. Sophomore outfielder Lane Hoover led in RBIs with two.
On June 6 against Maryland, Bridges got his fifth save of the season after he threw 1.1 scoreless innings and recorded three strikeouts and 0 walks. Redshirt senior pitcher Cam Colmore picked up his seventh win of the season and threw three strikeouts. However, Colmore allowed two runs and a walk. Junior catcher Seth Caddell led the Pirates with three hits and four runs. Meanwhile, freshman first baseman Josh Moylan led the Pirates in RBIs with three.
Head coach Cliff Godwin said his team had been through a lot throughout the season and showed praise for advancing to the super regional stage. Also he said that Colmore and Bridges might be the only players to win three regionals in ECU program history.
“There haven’t been many that have won two regionals and Colmore and Bridges might be the first ECU players ever to win three regionals,” Godwin said. “This team has been the most battle tested team under my watch because they’ve been through injuries, COVID protocols and four game weekends. Our fans were awesome the past three nights and it was really special to host a regional in front of our home crowd when we couldn’t have any games at capacity during the regular season.”
According to VUCommodores.com, the No.4 ranked Commodores won three games in the Nashville regional from June 4 through June 6 to advance to the super regional.
On June 4, Vanderbilt defeated the Presbyterian College Blue Hose (22-23, 18-16 Big South Conference) 10-0. Junior pitcher Kumar Rocker got his twelfth win of the season after he pitched seven innings and recorded nine strikeouts. Junior first baseman Dominic Keegan led the Commodores in hits with three and RBIs with five.
On June 5, the Commodores defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (31-25, 21-15 Atlantic Coastal Conference) 4-3. Against the Yellow Jackets, sophomore pitcher Jack Leiter got his ninth win of the season. Leiter pitched six innings and struckout 11 batters. Junior outfielder Isaiah Thomas, sophomore catcher CJ Rodriguez and sophomore infielder Parker Noland each recorded one hit. Rodriguez hit the only RBI for the team.
On June 6, the Commodores defeated the Yellow Jackets again 14-11 in 11 innings. Junior pitcher Luke Murphy got his third win of the season. Murphy recorded four strikeouts and allowed two runs. Thomas led the Commodores in RBIs with five and in hits with three.
Every game of the series will start at noon except for June 13, which will start at 3 p.m. Each game will be aired on ESPN 2.