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Bailey's Take on Pirate Sports

From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

No frost lingers on hot-starting Pirates

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As I write this week’s column it is 36 degrees outside and pouring rain. Yesterday we had 3 inches of snow on the ground. This is baseball season?

The Pirates broke out the brooms, either celebrating the sweep of UNC Asheville, or to use to sweep the snow off the field at Harrington.

Pirate Coach Randy Mazey says you have to prepare your team for the weather of February.

“One day last week we scraped an inch or two of ice off of the tarp,” said Mazey. “We then rolled it up and conducted practice as normal. You just don’t know what you are going to get this time of the year, so you pretty much have to be ready for anything.”

The Pirates saw just about everything as far as the weather was concerned in that first weekend of play. Friday was the best weather day of the trio, but it was still a little brisk.

Saturday’s rain wasn’t expected to arrive until closer to dinner time, and then run into Sunday. So the decision was made to try and play a double header on Saturday.

The rain, however, arrived much earlier then expected, and provided a full day of precipitation.

“The only break we got from the rain was between games,” said Mazey. “It got so bad that we just felt like we needed to stop, and return on Sunday. The forecast had changed, so we were able to finish the series.”

Mazey said the Pirates owed it to UNC Asheville to try to play the entire series. “We’d certainly hope that other teams would show us the same,” said the Pirate coach.

ECU is scheduled to play Campbell at Harrington Field on Wednesday afternoon, weather permitting. The Pirates will then host the Blue Hens of Delaware in a three game series starting on Friday.

Good luck, Coach Logan

Former East Carolina coach Steve Logan will spend his spring as an assistant coach in the NFL Europe with the Berlin Thunder.

When the news was first breaking, I called the coach and was a little surprised but not shocked that he wanted absolutely no publicity.

He stated several times that he wanted to stay “under the radar” and that the deal wasn’t done with Berlin. The very next day it was released on the team’s web site.

I tried to explain that he was still the all-time winningest coach at East Carolina, and that Pirate fans still were very interested in what he was up to.

You can always check out the Berlin Thunder’s web site, but if you do, you’d better study up on your German.

On the cusp of greatness

East Carolina’s four-overtime loss to TCU in women’s basketball on Friday night was an amazing game.

Both teams had their chances. It was just a shame that one team had to lose. It was even more of a shame for that loss to go to East Carolina.

What a job Sharon Baldwin-Tener has done with the women’s program! The program had never beaten a nationally ranked-opponent, but still took TCU to four overtimes before falling.

How’s that for a week. Give birth to a baby boy. Take a day or two off. Get back to practice. Coach in a four-overtime game.

It was unbelievable, and I came away more convinced then ever that the women’s program can be a Top 25 team in the future.

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