ECU baseball coach Cliff Godwin and his players were emotional following Sunday night’s 11-1 loss to Texas in the decisive game of the Greenville Super Regional, ending the Pirates’ quest for their first-ever College World Series berth. In a game that featured a five-hour weather delay, ECU could not overcome a four-run hole in the first inning and lost for the second straight day, finishing one win shy of Omaha, Nebraska.
ECU earned a national seed after entering postseason play on a nation-leading 19-game winning streak. The Pirates beat the Longhorns, 13-7, this past Friday before falling in walk-off fashion in Game 2 Saturday.
“Yesterday was our day to do it and we let it slip away,” Godwin said. “We just didn’t play quite good enough. Texas is really good. For everybody, these young men do it the right way. I don’t care if I don’t ever coach in the College World Series as a head coach, that’s not my job. My job is to develop young men and make them into better people. Our culture is the reason we survived this year. It hurts. Wish I could’ve done more. Bad stuff happens to good people every single day. We’re going to keep knocking on the door until we knock it down.”
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Here is what Godwin and ECU players said after the season-ending setback.