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From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
By Brian Bailey

No need to panic as Diamond Pirates regroup


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With the new stadium to play in, don’t you wish that the Pirates could play all of their games at Clark-LeClair Stadium? You kind of hate for the weekend to go by without catching some innings at the new ballpark.

East Carolina returns home after a forgettable weekend at Tulane. The 3rd-ranked Green Wave swept ECU, breaking hearts everywhere in the Pirate nation in games one and three.

The Pirates played tough in the series and showed that they can hang with the nation’s best. However, there are no moral victories in Pirate baseball. The ECU team returns home tonight with a chip on the shoulder.

East Carolina is a good team — pitching will determine just how good as the season continues. But when you take into account all that Randy Mazey and company lost from last year, you have to feel pretty good about the state of the program.

Here’s hoping for a winning streak at home this week.

Ex-Pirate adjusting to new home

Former East Carolina star Chad Tracy has moved to the other corner of the diamond for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season.

Tracy spent his rookie season at third base, where he struggled at times with throwing errors.

The Diamondbacks love his bat, though, and decided to move him over to first base when they signed free agent Troy Glaus.

Tracy hit his first home run of the spring on Monday. The Diamondbacks beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 in that game.

I haven’t talked to Chad since I visited him in Baltimore last year. The closest he’ll play to Eastern North Carolina this year is when Arizona plays the Washington Nationals. In fact, Arizona is Washington’s home opener at RFK Stadium.

Football depth chart in the works

First-year Pirate coach Skip Holtz is doing his best to stretch out the spring, to help prepare his team and his staff for the 2005 football season.

The Pirates went back to work on Monday after a 10-day layoff for spring break. It is hard to believe that it was only the Pirates' fourth practice of the spring season.

The team is only allowed to have 12 days of contact in full gear during the spring, and the NCAA doesn’t allow tackling in four of those 12.

Later this week, Holtz will start a string of seven straight workouts that include tackling. Those workouts will include a pair of scrimmages on April 1st and April 8th, and the spring game on the 16th as a part of the Great Pirate Purple Gold Pigskin Pigout Party.

"I thought we were a little rusty on our first day back but the spirit certainly was there," Holtz said. "Our work ethic and unselfishness to this point has been tremendous, which will give us a chance to get where everyone wants us to be."

The big news from the Pirate camp is that Coach Holtz wants to have a working depth chart by the end of the week. Once the chart is in place, then the new staff can install its new packages on both sides of the ball.

"We'd like to be in a position to be able to put in our offense and defense after Easter,” said Holtz. “We've made a lot of progress, especially on the defensive side of the ball. I've been pleased with what I've seen from guys in the back like Pierre Parker, Erode Jean, Jamar Flournoy and Travis Williams. At linebacker, Richard Koonce, Pierre Bell and Durwin Lamb have also impressed a lot of folks."

Obviously, Holtz and his staff have a lot to teach in a short amount of time.

Holtz is banking that stretching out the spring will pay dividends in the fall.

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02/23/2007 01:31:37 AM

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