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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, April 5, 2010

By Brian Bailey

Scrimmage leaves room for interpretation


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They say that two people can view the same car accident and come away with two very different stories.

One of my best friends from high school was in town this weekend for the East Carolina football coach’s clinic. He watched Saturday’s scrimmage and told me that he “loved” the offense and how smooth things ran, but that the defense was certainly going to be a work in progress.

Then on Sunday, the local headlines read “Defensive Dominance.”

After reading the story on the scrimmage and listening to my friends report, I’d say both got it right in a way.

The offense certainly piled on the yards, and the quarterbacks were accurate with their short passes.

The defense forced six turnovers. This will, however, be a learning experience that will carry on until summer as this group learns the 3-4 defense.

Still, if the head man is happy, then it was a pretty productive day for the first scrimmage of the spring.

“I saw some turnovers that we want to get on defense,” head coach Ruffin McNeill said after the scrimmage.

"You always want your defense to come away with turnovers and for the offense to take care of the ball," McNeill elaborated, "so that's a tough position to be in."

So, is it a thumbs up or a thumbs down?

Offensive coordinator "Lincoln (Riley) talked to the offense about just that (the turnovers)," said McNeill, "but overall, I was really pleased on both sides of the ball."

One of the big things McNeill has emphasized this spring is avoiding flags.

"We emphasized penalties and we only had three, which I was happy to see," McNeill said. "It is three too many in our minds, but those are easily correctable."

The Pirates opened week number three of the spring season on Monday with practice. The squad will practice again on Wednesday and Friday before conducting the team’s second spring scrimmage on Saturday.

Right timing for Wright

Four of the five baseball series in Conference USA this past weekend ended in sweeps.

East Carolina catcher Zach Wright’s homer in the top of the ninth at UAB on Sunday prevented a sweep of sweeps in the league.

Wright’s fateful blast, his second home run of the game, was a three-run shot that propelled the Pirates past the Blazers 8-5 and salvaged the third and final game of the series.

ECU coach Billy Godwin had talked all season about trying to win each series. After dropping the Friday and Saturday games to UAB, that goal quickly changed to finding a way to take a game.

Conference USA is among the best baseball leagues in the nation. The league is also balanced from top to bottom.

The worst case scenario for any team is to be swept at home. Central Florida was ranked 23rd in the nation to start the weekend. Twentieth-ranked Southern Miss then came to town and put three wins on the board against the Knights. Goodbye national ranking and hello lower tier of the standings.

Rice comes to Greenville this coming weekend in what could be a make or break series for East Carolina. The Owls swept Marshall this past weekend, but had to rally late in two of the three victories to do so.

Unfortunately, ECU's game with Elon that was rained out last week in Greenville gets sandwiched into this week on Wednesday. The Pirates beat a good Elon team 4-3 in ten innings on March 15.

First though, ECU takes the bus over to Raleigh today to face North Carolina State. The Wolfpack is 17-12 on the year, 5-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Wolfpack lost two out of three to Elon earlier this year. The Pack also dropped two out of three to Duke and was swept by Georgia Tech.

Speaking of the ACC, Virginia is 28-2 on the season and ranked number one in at least one of the national polls. The Cavaliers' two losses were to Florida State and East Carolina.


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