Insights and Observations
Monday, May 15, 2006
By Henry Hinton
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One week ago the East
Carolina Pirates looked like they had been left alongside the road for dead
in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
An impressive week since
then, including a three-game sweep of UAB, has breathed new life into the
Pirates’ hopes of making the NCAA regionals.
After finding themselves
on the bottom end another sweep at Southern Miss last week, even former ECU
Coach Gary Overton admitted the Pirates were “on the back side of the
Starting the week with
just 28 wins, most close observers were speculating that the team would have
to win either seven of eight or ALL eight of its remaining games to extend
its seven-year streak of NCAA appearances.
The magic number year in
and year out for teams to get into the postseason tournament has been 35
Four games later the task
does not look quite as daunting, but there is still work to do. After a 10-3
victory over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday, the Pirates went to work in their
final home series of the season, defeating the Blazers
Saturday 13-1 and
Winning four in a row has
put a bounce in their steps and now the Pirates are focused on the Tuesday
night game at Coastal and final road conference series next weekend at
The Sunday victory was
especially sweet for the Pirates. The game was called after seven innings
due to the league’s Sunday ten-run rule.
“We’ve had some games and
series where we didn’t maintain the intensity on Sunday, but that didn’t
happen today”, Godwin said after the game. “They came out and played with
energy and put them away.”
On Friday morning,
Godwin, appearing on Talk 1070, agreed with Overton’s assessment of East
Carolina's situation with regard to making the NCAA regionals. [Replay the
Windows Media archive of Friday's Talk
of the Town, including the interview with Godwin.]
“I think one of the
things the committee looks at, from talking to other people, is a strong
finish," Godwin said. "We would probably be equally concerned if we were at
35 or 36 wins and didn’t finish strong.”
“A strong finish and a
good showing in the Conference USA tournament is what we need,” Godwin
added. “I feel good about it. Our guys are focused. After the win over
Coastal, I heard one of the kids say one down and seven to go. I haven’t
really even talked about that. I’ve just talked about winning one at a
Now ECU enters the last
week of the regular season with a 32-20 record. As for getting the strong
finish, Godwin should be pleased that his Pirates outscored UAB 36-9 and
out-hit the Blazers 43-16.
Now it is on to the final
mid-week game at Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night and the three-game set
against Memphis at Auto Zone Park. By the way, that series will begin on
Thursday this week instead of Friday.
The Conference USA
tournament will begin on Wednesday, May 24, in Houston.
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