WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - When the UNCW baseball team takes the field Friday in Greenville at the NCAA tournament, it will face a familiar opponent.
No. 4 UNCW (37-21) will battle top-seed East Carolina (43-16) at 7 p.m. at ECU's Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Seahawks and Pirates played twice during the regular season. ECU came away with 6-4 and 5-4 victories.
"We have shown we can play with the best of the best," said UNCW senior Mason Berne. "We swept Chapel Hill, and have played well against (NC) State and ECU. We know we can do it."
"The two mid-week games we played against them were good games," Seahawks junior Ryan Jeffers said. "We didn't play our best baseball and they were close games. We know if we play, we have a good chance."
The in-state rivals know each other well, but Friday's game will be different.
"We have played during the mid-week, but we are different on the weekend because of your starting pitching," said UNCW head coach Mark Scalf. "Both teams are going to play hard to win."
"It's always fun playing in Greenville," said UNCW junior Clark Cota. "We know what their team is like. We've faced them twice, two close games, and I think we are excited to play them a third time and get a win."