History was made in Eck Stadium last night, because for the first time in program history, East Carolina University (38-11, 17-2 AAC) won the regular season title in the American Athletic Conference. The Pirates achieved this by defeating Wichita State University (22-27, 6-13 AAC) 6-1.
The Pirates were thrilled to hit such a milestone. They were so excited, they spontaneously began singing “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey on the bus headed back from the game. ECU’s play by play announcer Corey Gloor posted a video of the team singing the song on his personal Twitter account.
After clinching their first AAC regular season title since 2009, ECU baseball will now be the number one seed in the American Conference tournament. However, this may not be the first record ECU may break before the season is over. They currently have 17 wins, which happens to be the second most in American Conference history.
The Pirates are continuously creeping towards the conference record of 19 total wins in a season. After the team plays their second game in its series against Wichita State, there will only be five games left in the regular season. If ECU were to win its next two games against Wichita State, they will have not only clinched the American regular season title, but will have also tied the Conference record for total wins in a single season.
Being the number one seeded team, the Pirates are scheduled to play the eighth seeded team in the first round of the tournament.
The tournament is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 21, and the championship game will be on Sunday, May 26. The time each game will be played at and the seedings of the other AAC teams are yet to be determined, and will be announced as the regular season comes to a close.
Keep an eye on the ECU baseball team as they continue to attempt to break more records, as they play Wichita State on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.