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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, March 31, 2008

By Brian Bailey

Schedule takes a turn to the tough side

By Brian Bailey
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Bailey: Schedule takes a turn to the tough side
BVL: Pirates reside in all four national polls
O'Brien: Similarities to 2001 are abundant
BVL Box Score: Marshall 6, ECU 2
BVL Box Score: East Carolina 5, Marshall 1
BVL Box Score: East Carolina 7, Marshall 6
Myatt: Streaking Pirates still evolving
BVL: Weather shuffles ECU-Marshall series
BVL Box Score: East Carolina 3, UNCW 0
Bradsher: Ladies on the move on multiple fronts
BVL Box Score: East Carolina 10, Campbell 9
BVL: Pirates on the Move in Three Polls
O'Brien: March highlights C-USA's shortcomings

The brutal, early spring weather followed the East Carolina Pirates to Huntington, West Virginia, this past weekend.

East Carolina finally got in all three games of the series with Marshall, taking two of the three contests.

It was another tough weather weekend, with the three-game series split between Friday and Sunday. Marshall salvaged the third game of the series to snap East Carolina’s ten game winning streak. That streak at the time was the longest in the nation.

Now things get tougher for East Carolina. It all starts tonight with Elon visiting Greenville. The Phoenix is 14-8 on the season. Elon has split a pair of games with North Carolina State and also beat Wake Forest.

Elon took two out of three from Auburn, lost two at Clemson and split with the same Georgia Southern team that beat East Carolina 14-4.

After the Elon game, the Pirates go on the road for six games before welcoming Conference USA heavyweight Rice to Clark-LeClair Stadium on April 10.

That road swing includes trips to Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Wilmington along with a conference battle in Birmingham with UAB.

The Pirates' first matchup with North Carolina State is tomorrow night at Doak Field. State is 15-12 on the season and 5-7 in the ACC. The Wolfpack swept a doubleheader over Virginia Tech on Sunday, winning a pair of one run games, 19-18 and 7-6.

UAB is 14-10 overall and just 1-2 in league play. In the Blazers only conference series of the young season, Houston took two out of three from UAB.

Next week, the midweek games feature trips to North Carolina and UNC-Wilmington. The Tar Heels are 20-6 on the season and 7-4 in the ACC. North Carolina took two out of three from Virginia this past weekend. The Heels opened the season as the top-ranked team in most of the preseason college baseball polls.

With no rest for the weary, East Carolina comes back to town to host Rice. The Owls are 17-7 and 4-2 in Conference USA play. Rice was the preseason pick to win the league title, but trail the Pirates by one full game going into play this weekend.

After a 4-1 week, the Pirates rose in the national polls. East Carolina was 16th in the Baseball America poll and in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association rankings, 17th in the PING poll, 18th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and 29th in the rankings by Collegiate Baseball.

Two more strong weeks and the Pirates might find themselves in the Top 10 in those same polls.

Spring football update

East Carolina completed the squad’s seventh practice of the spring season on Monday afternoon.

Coach Skip Holtz took the pads off for yesterday’s workout, as the team battles a bunch of bumps and bruises.

“We came out in shorts today, just because there are a number of players with bumps and bruises that have mounted up," Holtz said. "We put in a lot of team and two-minute work today, trying to get ready for the first scrimmage on Saturday. I am chomping at the bit to try and make decisions about the depth chart and the scrimmage will determine a lot about those choices. I wish we could scrimmage every day but we know that is not possible.

"There are still a lot of question marks out on the table but a lot of guys, especially our younger ones, have put in some good work this spring.”

Bracket busting

Last week I walked around with my chest out after correctly picking 15 of the “Sweet 16.” Just like golf, though, I should have never cracked a smile.

How many of you had UConn, North Carolina, Michigan State and Villanova in your Final Four? At least many of you had one or two right.

I came up with a big fat zero for the Final Four. North Carolina was an obvious pick, but when you pick a bracket, you’re always looking for an edge. Everyone I knew took the Heels to Detroit, so I went the other way.

I’ll never go 15-16 again for the “Sweet 16.” I also hope I don’t go 0-4 for the Final Four many more years either!


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03/31/2009 05:08:45 AM


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