ON PIRATE SPORTS
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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
By Brian Bailey
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Sharon Baldwin-Tener is a
class act and certainly deserves the success her team is finding this
The East Carolina Lady Pirates
won their fifth straight game on Saturday, beating Conference USA leader
Tulane, 76-68. The Green Wave had won 10 games in a row before the loss to
The five-game winning streak
is the longest C-USA streak ever for the Lady Pirates. Baldwin-Tener’s club
is now 9-5 in the league, and one game over .500 at 14-13 overall.
The win over Tulane was
arguably the biggest at ECU for Coach Baldwin-Tener.
“I’m extremely proud of our
team today,” said Baldwin-Tener after the win over Tulane. “This was a huge
win for our program.”
Senior Cherie Mills was
honored for senior day on Saturday. Mills has been a force inside for East
Carolina. She is a former high school standout from our area at
Ayden-Grifton where she averaged 27.6 points and 14.7 rebounds per game. She
also blocked over seven shots a game as a prepster.
Mills was an All-American at
Louisburg, and has had a nice two-year career at East Carolina. She is
averaging over 15 points per game this year, while hauling in over seven
rebounds per contest.
Sophomore guard Jasmine Young
is averaging over 13 points per game. Young is the only Lady Pirate in
school history to be named the C-USA Freshman of the Year.
The Lady Pirates will play in
the Conference USA tournament in Tulsa, OK, beginning March 1. They have a
great shot at an opening round bye. They still have road games at Southern
Miss and Central Florida.
Tough losses in L.A.
Fifteenth-ranked UCLA held off
East Carolina on Sunday to complete that three-game sweep in Los Angeles.
For the second straight
weekend, the Pirates lost a game in giving up a big home run. ECU had the
lead late in Saturday’s loss, but a grand slam once again did in the Pirate
East Carolina was certainly
competitive in the series, but failed to execute in some critical areas and
failed to pull out a win.
The good news is that the
Pirates return home for a humongous 21-game home stand, which features two
different tournaments and three-game series with Michigan and with Cal State
Harrison Eldridge leads the
offense with a .522 average. Eldridge had an inside the park home run in
Saturday’s loss. He is off to a great start in the lead-off spot for East
Brandon Henderson showed a
little pop with a pair of home runs in Sunday’s loss.
The problem wasn’t hits, rather it was hitting in clutch situations. It
seemed like every time the Bruins needed a hit, they got one.
The same couldn’t be said for
the Pirates, who could have just as easily won games two and three in the
series. The bullpen let Billy Godwin down in the second game, and the ECU
comeback in game three fell just short.
It was a long trip, but
hopefully the competition against one of the nation’s top teams will pay
dividends later on.
The weather is expected to be
better this week. The Pirates host Campbell on Wednesday afternoon, and then
hosts the ECU Invitational beginning Friday. East Carolina host St. John’s,
Washington and Duke for the team’s first tournament of the season.
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