ON PIRATE SPORTS
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
By Brian Bailey
Pirates clicking heading
into big week
Rarely does a team get a
chance to complete two sweeps in the same week.
That’s the case for East Carolina.
the archive of Monday night's Brian Bailey Show,
with guest Mike Steele.
The Pirates polished off
Marist this past weekend, and now need a win tomorrow night to complete the
season sweep of UNC-Wilmington.
East Carolina is
16-6 on the
year, with half the team’s losses coming against nationally ranked Cal State
Pirate head coach Billy Godwin
was pleased with this past weekend’s sweep of the Red Foxes.
“We played good baseball,”
said Godwin on Monday. “Overall, in the four aspects of the game, pitching,
defense, we swung the bats better and we ran the bases better. The key is
that this team continues to get better.”
The Seahawks return to
Greenville tomorrow night. East Carolina
beat UNCW in the Keith LeClair
Classic and then
won in Wilmington last week.
“We feel good about having
them at home,” said Godwin. “We certainly have a lot of respect for UNC-Wilmington.
We played well in the first two games and I hope we can play well again this
Godwin fitting In
I asked Coach Godwin if he was
happy with his team’s 16-6 start.
“I’d really rather be 22-0,”
said Godwin. “Realistically, we’ve done some pretty good things. But now is
the time to step up and get ready because the schedule really gets tough."
Things moved faster then the
speed of sound for Godwin since his arrival last fall. But the first year
Pirate coach has certainly had a steadying influence on this ECU baseball
“It really hasn’t been a
blur,” Godwin said. “My head coaching background has really helped me.”
Godwin says he’s also been
blessed by a very mature team, led by the likes of Adam Witter and Jake
“I continue to be overwhelmed
by our team’s maturity level," he said. "The players really make it happen.”
Godwin also knows that you win
with pitching and defense. The East Carolina staff struggled with injuries
in 2005. The hurlers have certainly come back strong this season.
“I’ve been very pleased,” said
Godwin. “I knew going into the year that we wouldn’t have a 90 (mph) plus
guy out there. We’ve got guys who have command of three pitches, with their
fastballs topping out in the high 80’s.”
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East Carolina hits the road
again this weekend for the start of league play, visiting 4th-ranked Rice.
The Pirates have already
played one series against a Top 10 program, dropping all three games to
“We try to wipe the slate
clean,” said Godwin. “We really think the Fullerton trip will help us,
despite the fact that we didn’t have a lot of success there. We’re not going
to talk about what we didn’t do. We’ll focus more on what we’re going to do
"Rice is really good, but I
think we can play with anyone in our league.”
If you’re looking for a
comparison, the Owls took two out of three from the Titans earlier this
Godwin wrapped it up with
these words: “We’re certainly not leaving here Thursday thinking we can’t
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