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Bailey's Take on Pirate Sports
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From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
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By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

Omaha on the mind, morning, noon and night

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The East Carolina baseball program has one goal, and that goal is the integral part of everything this team does.

The Pirates are working everyday to get to Omaha and the College Baseball World Series.

The program has always had a great history. Keith LeClair took it to a whole new level, and now Randy Mazey is looking to finish the job.

Everything, and I mean everything, centers around that one goal — even in a game where the Pirates were huge favorites, like in Tuesday’s scheduled game with North Carolina A&T.

Mazey was asked after Sunday’s win over Delaware if he worried about a letdown against the Aggies. Mazey’s first thoughts were of Omaha.

“I don’t think that’s going to be a problem,” said Mazey. “We talk so much about going to Omaha, and how we have to take one game at a time and win every game to get there. We know what’s out there, and we’ll treat that game just like any other.”

Unfortunately, let downs are a part of sports that none of us has ever been able to figure out. The Pirates pretty much went through the motions on Tuesday afternoon, beating North Carolina A&T 2-0.

“We were just coming off a great weekend,” said Mazey. “We have another emotional weekend coming up, so between them that has all the makings of a let down. We addressed it, but I don’t know what you do. It’s just human nature.”

ECU now gets set for the first-ever Keith LeClair Invitational with Clemson and Georgia Southern coming to town.

The Pirates play a doubleheader on Friday against the pair, and then have single games on Saturday and Sunday.

“The schedule gets tougher quickly,” said Mazey. “This weekend will be a great test for our team with two games against Clemson and two against Georgia Southern. I think our guys are really looking forward to it.”

Mazey has his guys always thinking about Omaha. Listen to the public address system after a win, and you’ll hear the Omaha theme ringing through the speaker system.

It’s a sweet song, one that the Pirates hope to sing in June.

Sibling rivalry

Here’s wishing the Lawhorn twins could have been triplets, or more.

Trevor has joined his brother Darryl in the Pirate lineup this season. Trevor is off to a white-hot start, while Darryl has struggled a little bit.

“I’m seeing some great pitches,” said Trevor. “And Darryl isn’t seeing much hitting behind me. But he’s a great hitter and he’ll bounce back.”

Darryl is the preseason player of the year in Conference USA, but he’s hitting just .174 through seven games. Meanwhile Trevor has blazed a trail through the opposition’s pitching staffs, hitting .464 with four doubles, three home runs and eleven runs batted in.

Darryl hit a double in Tuesday’s win over A&T, while brother Trevor stayed hot, with two more hits, including a home run.

“They really do push each other,” said Mazey. “They are a lot of fun to watch and I think they will keep pushing each other this season.”

Trevor sat out a year after transferring from Barton. But you can see by the look on his face that he feels quite at home with brother Darryl at East Carolina.

They make quite a one-two punch that the Pirates will certainly need, beginning this weekend.

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02/23/2007 01:28:58 AM

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