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2020 American Athletic Conference Preview: Pirates Seek Repeat

Season Preview

East Carolina ran away with the American Athletic Conference a year ago, going 20-4 to win the regular-season title by seven games, en route to super regionals. The Pirates remain the team to beat heading into 2020, but they’re not nearly as overwhelming a favorite after losing a host of stars from last year’s club. Houston, which won the regular-season crown in 2018, looks like ECU’s strongest challenger, but the American is almost always tightly bunched together, and this year should be no exception. Annual contender Connecticut and rejuvenated Tulane also look dangerous, and so does veteran-laden Cincinnati, last year’s conference tournament champion. UCF and South Florida are lying in the weeds, and Memphis and Wichita State both look improved from a year ago. This figures to be a topsy-turvy sprint to the finish line, as usual.

Our conference preview includes:

Projected Standings

Bold indicates 2019 regional team, and records are from 2019. Teams are listed in order of projected 2020 finish.

 CONFERENCEOVERALL
East Carolina20-447-18
Houston12-1232-24
Connecticut12-1239-25
Tulane12-1132-26
UCF11-1336-22
South Florida8-1626-27
Cincinnati13-1131-31
Wichita State9-1528-31
Memphis10-1327-28

Projected Regional Team (2): East Carolina, Houston

Player of the Year: Alec Burleson, OF/LHP, East Carolina

Pitcher of the Year: Clay Aguilar, LHP, Houston

Freshman of the Year: Zach Agnos, 3B/RHP, East Carolina


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