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From the Anchor Desk
Friday, March 25, 2005
By Brian Bailey

Pirates bounce back from lost weekend


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Randy Mazey feared that a letdown was coming on Wednesday night as UNC Wilmington paid a visit.

His team had just returned from three tough losses to 3rd-ranked Tulane. Games one and three were especially tough to take.

Mazey knew that if his team wasn’t in the right frame of mind, the Seahawks would come to town and take home a win.

It rained all day, and Mazey worried that maybe his club would be flat and ripe for a fourth straight loss.

On the other hand, considering the weather, he thought the game might be postponed.

In the end, the only rain Wednesday night was the Pirate hitters reigning supreme against the Seahawks pitching staff.

Mazey’s club rolled out to a 12-1 lead and then held off UNCW by the final of 12-8.

The game wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated.

Mazey watched the Seahawks make a nice comeback against his bullpen, but his patience with the relievers will pay off down the road. Pitchers have to gain experience, and this paper-thin staff needs all of the innings it can muster.

Scott Andrews picked up the win for the Pirates, his second of the season. Andrews tossed 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on just two hits while striking out six and walking one.

Ricky Brooks relieved Andrews, pitching 1 2/3 innings and allowing no hits while striking out one.

Andrews and Brooks were impressive.

Chris Powell and Brett Braxton each pitched an inning to finish the game, with Powell giving up a pair of runs and Braxton allowing five Seahawk tallies.

“Andrews is pretty much the Seahawk killer,” Coach Mazey explained after the win. “He really did a nice job. We’ll need more efforts like this during the season. The midweek starter is a key spot, especially with our schedule.”

Much was said earlier this year about Clark-LeClair Stadium playing much bigger now. The park is bigger, but the Pirate bats still banged out 16 hits on Wednesday night.

Mike Grace hit a three-run homer and Harrison Eldridge added a two-run shot in the victory.

Eldridge and Billy Richardson were the offensive stars for ECU. Eldridge hit 3-for-4 with two RBI's and two runs, while Richardson also went 3-for-4 with two RBI's and three runs.

Grace, Brian Cavanaugh and Dale Mollenhauer all had two hits in the victory.

A day that started out worrisome for Mazey transitioned into a beautiful night for baseball in an absolutely gorgeous setting at Clark-LeClair. The crowd was awesome, with 3,444 making it out for the midweek clash of rivals.

With the win, the Pirates improved to 13-7 on the year. ECU is 0-3 in Conference USA, but it hopes to pull back to the .500 mark in the league with a sweep of Charlotte this weekend.

The Pirates' three-game set with the 49ers will be the first C-USA series at Clark-LeClair Stadium. ECU will square off with the 49ers on Friday at 7 o’clock, Saturday at 6 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Break out the brooms and get ready for some baseball.

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