Wacker returns to Greenville for ECU opener
FRI.| 3-10-23 | SPORTS
On Saturday, Feb. 18, George Washington University (GWU) opened their 2023 baseball season against East Carolina University (ECU) at Clark-Leclair Stadium. This was a homecoming game for Greenville native and GWU outfielder Robby Wacker.
“I was always out at ECU baseball games as a kid,” Wacker said. “My PE teacher, Coach Dilday, at Wahl-Coates would take us on field trips to ECU Baseball games for our after school P.E. Class.”
The jungle, where fans are able to stand along the outfield wall, is familiar territory for Wacker. However, Wacker used to be one of the fans and never imagined being on the opposing side of the chants, cheers and excitement.
“Hopefully they will take it easy on me… but I expect it to be a lot of fun," Wacker said.
Graphic by Jay Tyndall
"It is just really exciting because Greenville baseball is so special and this will be one of the biggest and most intense crowds I have ever played in front of.”
Wacker began in Greenville Parks and Recreation baseball and then Greenville Little League. This love for the game grew at Rose after being coached by Ronald Vincent (RV) and Clay Medlin.
“I originally committed to Richmond the spring of my senior year of high school which was the best option for me athletically and academically at the time," Wacker said.
His sophomore year, the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. He then transferred home to ECU as a normal student so that he could remain athletically eligible.
After a semester at ECU, Wacker transferred to Emory University in Atlanta for his junior and senior seasons. With the National Collegiate Athletic Association granting all athletes an extra season due to COVID-19, Wacker was allowed a fifth year of eligibility.
There have been a lot of people that have helped Wacker pursue his dreams and have been great mentors in his journey.
“My parents have supported me on and off the field, and Trent Britt at Next Level has helped me by opening the facility for me, helping me grow, and helping me navigate the college baseball process,” Wacker said.
More than anything, Wacker was looking forward to seeing all the familiar faces when he returned to Greenville.
“The best thing will be seeing my friends, coaches, mentors and also getting to play in an awesome environment,” Wacker said.
Across the three game series this past weekend, Wacker started in every game and racked up four runs batted in, two hits, one home-run and nine putouts. In his first inning of the weekend, Wacker recorded all three outs in left field, a storybook start to his homecoming series.