ON PIRATE SPORTS
From the Anchor Desk
Thursday, March 16, 2006
By Brian Bailey
Woes forgotten as Pirates
East Carolina ventured south
last night hoping to snap a three-game losing streak.
Mission accomplished! A 4-0 win over an arch rival had to be just what the
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The Pirates traveled to Cal
State Fullerton last week with hopes of at least taking one of the
three games in the series. The Titans,
though, shut down the Bucs and outscored them 23-1 in the series.
Adam Witter provided the only
Pirate run of the Fullerton series with a home run in the final game. Witter
followed that dinger with a home run last night against UNC-Wilmington. He
broke his slump earlier this year when he shaved his facial hair.
The Pirate pitching staff came
up with a big midweek outing against the Seahawks.
Senior Brody Taylor picked up
his third win of the season. Taylor had his longest outing of the year,
going 6 1/3 innings and striking out 7. Kevin Rhodes, Jason Neitz and T.J.
Hose combined with Taylor on the 9-inning shutout.
The key to the win came in the
third inning. The Seahawks put two runners on with nobody out. The Pirates
nailed one runner trying to steal third, and then Taylor fanned the next two
Wilmington hitters to keep the shutout going.
It certainly wasn’t an
offensive explosion at Wilmington. The Pirates collected just seven hits,
led by Jake Smith and his two singles and pair of RBI’s. Smith continues to
roll as the Pirate’s top hitter. Smith has a team leading average of .333.
He also leads ECU with 27 RBI’s.
With the win, the Pirates
improve to 13-6 on the season. Marist comes to town this weekend for a three
game series at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
March Madness memories
As "March Madness" tips off,
East Carolina’s Pirates are once again on the outside looking in.
Winning seasons are tough to
come by at ECU. That’s why I have such fond memories of the ’93 Pirate squad
that stunned the world in winning the Colonial Athletic Association
championship. That victory earned East Carolina a berth in the NCAA
I can still remember watching
the Pirate squad work out on the floor at Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum in
Winston-Salem. East Carolina would face mighty North Carolina the next night
in the late game on CBS.
I remember Coach Eddie Payne,
along with stalwart players Lester Lyons and Ike Copeland, fielding
questions at the official NCAA press conference. Sure, they were big
underdogs, but this squad had gathered a quiet confidence in winning those
three games in Richmond two weeks earlier.
Sure enough, the Pirates gave
the Tar Heels a good game. North Carolina would go on to win the National
Most tournament observers said
that East Carolina provided as tough a test as the Tar Heels saw until the
I often think of that team
when others talk about “March Madness.” It was such an innocent time, one
that I have always appreciated.
“March Madness” is all about
the underdog. Which team will be this year’s Valpo? Where will the stunning
upset take place? How long will you be competitive in the office pool?
It’s a great time of the year.
Here’s looking forward to the next time the Pirates punch their ticket to
the big dance!
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