PCC to Take on Czech National Team as Part of Fall Practice Slate CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

By Andrew Edmondson
PCC Media Relations Intern

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will go head-to-head with the Czech Republic's best baseball players this week in an exhibition game at Minges-Overton Baseball Park.

The game will take place Oct. 11 with the first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m.

PCC Baseball Coach Tommy Eason says the Czechs will certainly be a tough opponent for the Bulldogs. "Taking on the Czech Republic team will be a great opportunity to play good competition and see how we stack-up against a team that has potential MLB draft picks on the roster," he said.

Eason said fall practice and exhibition games are crucial to PCC and other two-year colleges, because there are no juniors and seniors to rely upon. He said he and his staff must re-teach their coaching philosophy to a significant portion of the team each fall, adding that this year's squad has just seven returnees.

The Czech Republic team is in North Carolina Oct. 3-15 as part of its USA Tour to prepare for the World Baseball Classic. The Czechs will play seven other schools from the Tar Heel State—Wake Tech, Duke, Campbell, N.C. State, East Carolina, William Peace University and UNC-Wilmington—as part of its exhibition schedule.