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Insights and Observations

Henry's Highlights
Monday, February 27, 2006

By Henry Hinton

Pirates prospering, except on Sundays


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If Billy Godwin can avoid Sunday games, his Pirates may well go on to have a banner year.

Three weeks of baseball are in the books for East Carolina and all three of the team's losses have occurred on Sunday.

The Pirates (7-3) finished another successful weekend of baseball in an exciting Keith LeClair Classic. The weekend started with a thrilling 4-3 win over Penn State on a walk-off sac fly on Friday. Then came an 11-2 shellacking of UNC-Wilmington on Saturday.

But on Sunday the Pirates had another whoops, falling to a Virginia Tech team that had failed to scratch in the 'W' column in its previous two LeClair Classic outings. The Hokies’ 5-1 victory improved their record to 3-2 overall.

Shane Mathews suffered his first loss of the season in the game, allowing three runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. Scott Andrews gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits, while striking out two in three innings. Carter Harrell finished the final 2/3 of an inning.

Stephen Batts was the lone Pirate to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.

On Saturday the Pirates attacked the Seahawks early and often. Jake Smith led the Pirates’ offensive attack, going 3-for-5 at the plate with four RBI's and a run scored.

Dale Mollenhauer had his best performance of the season, going 2-for-4 with three RBI's and two runs scored, while Jake Dean and Harrison Eldridge each finished 2-for-3.

In addition to Mollenhauer, Eldridge and Drew Schieber also scored two runs apiece.

Friday’s round provided the most exciting finish of the weekend. Smith’s sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth scored Drew Schieber to break a 3-3 tie as East Carolina beat the Nittany Lions.

Godwin’s squad gets just one day off before hosting Duke for the second time in a week on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Pirates defeated the Blue Devils handily 19-5 last Tuesday.

ECU hosts Stoney Brook for a three-game series next weekend.

The following table summarizes the results of all games in the 2006 Keith LeClair Classic and provides links to recaps and/or box scores of games involving ECU:

Keith LeClair Classic
Clark-LeClair Stadium
Feb. 24-26

      UNC-Wilmington 6, Virginia Tech 5
      N.C. State 12, West Virginia 4
      East Carolina 4, Penn State 3

      N.C. State 3, Penn State 2
      East Carolina 11, UNC-Wilmington
      West Virginia 5, Virginia Tech 0

      West Virginia 5, Penn State 4 (10 innings)
      Virginia Tech 5, East Carolina 1
      N.C. State 9, UNC-Wilmington 8

Graphic: ECU Media Relations • ECU Game-by-Game

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