ON PIRATE SPORTS
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
By Brian Bailey
Pirates warming to the task
in wintry start
Credit the East Carolina
players and coaches for not making the weather a big issue this February.
Replay the archive
of Monday night's Brian Bailey Show, with guest
Billy Godwin, ECU's head baseball coach.
The Pirates took two out of
three from Maryland last weekend, splitting a frigid doubleheader on Sunday
that included snow flurries. This past weekend, ECU again won two out of
three, beating the College of Charleston in a series that featured crazy
twists in the weather.
Friday’s 5-0 win over the
Cougars featured a 70-degree day and a great Pirate effort. Pitcher T.J.
Hose picked up his second win of the season after firing six shutout
Saturday’s weather was simply
miserable. It was cold and wet and just an absolute mess. Still, the Pirates
once again slowed down the Cougars, winning 4-2.
The sun returned on Sunday,
but still the temperatures barely made it over the freezing mark. It was a
long, cold afternoon at the park, made colder when the College of Charleston
bats heated up. The Cougars out-hit the Pirates 16-6 in rallying for an 11-8
Make no mistake about it. East
Carolina’s goal was to take this series against the Cougars, but to a man
everyone was disappointed in the outcome of the third game.
“We saw a lot of positives
this past weekend,” Coach Billy Godwin said on my
weekly radio/cable show last night. “We just wanted to finish
better, and we made some mistakes.”
Duke comes to town today for a
single game at 3 p.m. Former J.H. Rose star Mike Flye will get the start for
the Pirates against the Blue Devils. The weather is expected to be nice, a
great change from the weekend.
“I really don’t think the
weather was that big of a deal,” said Godwin. “Once you move around a little
bit and get your body temperature up, it wasn’t that bad.”
Godwin seems to be at ease as
the Pirate coach. His coaching career certainly hit the fast track last fall
when he replaced Randy Mazey as the Pirate’s skipper. One minute Godwin was
the new pitching coach; the next minute he was in charge of the entire
Godwin cites three keys for
the success of the program: “East Carolina has such a great history and
tradition in baseball. Also, we have such a great administration in place.
And, the Pirate fans are the best anywhere.”
The 2006 season is only six
games old, and already we’ve seen some crazy things.
First, on opening day, Jake
Smith hit a check swing home run to right field. Jake checked his swing, and
the ball took off, aided by a strong wind blowing out to right field.
This past Sunday, the College
of Charleston had a pair of outfielders who struggled in left field. The
first guy missed two easy plays. Later, a new outfielder again botched a fly
ball. I’ve seen guys make one mistake, but I’ve never seen a team totally
lose it like the Cougars' defense did.
“It was sort of like the
Bermuda Triangle out there,” said Godwin.
Give credit to the “Jungle”
out in left field as well. I certainly wouldn’t want to play left field
against East Carolina. Evidently, the Cougars didn’t have anyone that wanted
to play left field either.
On deck: The LeClair Classic
East Carolina plays host to
the 3rd annual Keith LeClair Classic this weekend at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Pirates will play Penn
State in their first game on Friday at 5:00. ECU then matches up with rival
UNC-Wilmington on Saturday before taking on Virginia Tech on Sunday.
North Carolina State and West
Virginia are also in the tournament’s field. For true college baseball fans,
it’s a great weekend to get a chance to see several different teams. Games
start each day at 10 a.m.
Here’s hoping the weather
cooperates. If it doesn’t, it looks like we’ll all be bundled up at the
stadium to check out some great baseball!
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