Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
By Brian Bailey
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Something to Celebrate
East Carolina players swarm teammate Ricky Brooks after
the sophomore pitching ace baffled Memphis batters on Sunday to register a
no-hitter. Brooks, who on Monday was named Collegiate Baseball's Louisville
Slugger Player of the Week, added another national award on Tuesday when the
National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced it had selected
him as the Pro-Line Cap National Pitcher of the Week. (Photo: Brian Bailey)
been bragging so much about Clark-LeClair Stadium that my younger brother
decided to bring his family to a game. The plan was to catch Saturday
night’s game with Memphis, and then watch Sunday’s contest.
Saturday’s game time was moved up to avoid potentially bad weather. My young
nephews had their own games on Saturday and didn’t arrive in town until
after the 8-5 Pirate loss in the second game of the series.
Sunday, and the weather looked bleak to start the day.
13-year old, and I think nothing of sitting in the rain to watch a game.
Battling the elements is half the fun. But as Sunday’s game started with
a shower, I really thought my brother, his wife and two boys were in for a
quick day of baseball.
Ironically, it did turn out to be a quick day enjoying the national pastime. But what a day it
Brooks toed the rubber and struck out 14 batters. More importantly, Brooks
was taking a no-hitter into the late innings. Normally, baseball tradition
calls for not talking about the possibilities of a no-hitter.
couldn’t resist and told my brother’s family about Brook’s last flirtation
with a no-no. I told them how he shut down Charlotte and explained that a
controversial “home-town” scoring decision cost him an earlier no-hitter.
continued to dominate the Tigers. My nephews, Kyle, age 9, and Chad, age 6,
were totally into the game. Chad, though, did have his eye on Pee Dee for a
went to the ninth needing three outs for history. I didn’t realize at the
time that it would be the first ever nine-inning no-hitter in Conference USA history.
Nonetheless, we watched as Pirate history was made.
got a ground out to short with a nice snag by Ryan Peisel at first for out
number one. Brook’s 14th strikeout of the game took him to the
same edge that he had gotten to in the Charlotte game.
time, there was no doubt. The final hitter flied out to right field and the
no-hitter was in the books.
"I was getting a little nervous when it got to two outs
in the ninth," Brooks said. "I was just thinking, don't let it happen to me
again, being that close. I just beared down and got those last outs."
"I couldn't be happier for Ricky," said ECU coach Randy
Mazey. "He's a good kid. He's worked hard to get where he's at. That's a
special accomplishment he'll take with him for the rest of his life."
Not a bad
first game at Clark-LeClair, huh! It was also one of the fastest games that
I’ve ever seen, lasting only an hour and 43 minutes.
look at one of the pictures from the gallery from the game at
you’ll see the six of us, my brother’s family plus Ryne and I, all a part of
the standing ovation that the crowd gave to Ricky after that final out.
great memento for your first game at the stadium. A no-hitter, captured with
a picture. It just doesn’t get any better then that.
Ricky! You won several new Pirate fans with that Sunday performance!
No letdown after
Carolina followed up the no-no with a shutout win over the Citadel
got the win, striking out seven in five innings of work in the
Mark Minicozzi went for 3-4 at the plate.
Pirates return home for a three-game C-USA series this weekend. Friday’s
game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Saturday’s start is at 6 p.m. and Sunday’s scheduled
time is 1:00. However, check this site,
ECU's official athletics site, the newspaper, or television for
time changes or other updates due to any inclement weather that could be in the area.
to the park. You just might see history in the making!
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