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06.12.07: Irish to don throwback jerseys for USC game ... Herd soph on Athletes in Action Jones Cup team ... Seminoles capture back to back NCAA track titles
06.11.07: Pirates' Myers 12th in NCAA hammer throw ... ECU's Neitz taken by Giants in 37th round ... Anteaters nip Shockers to earn Omaha berth
06.10.07: Bulldogs beat Clemson to earn way to Omaha ... Heels, Gamecocks resume super regional today
06.09.07: Rice leads parade of C-USA draft picks ... Thompson to direct ECU's basketball operations ... Owls' Savery named finalist for Howser Trophy ... Tigers' Mays decides to return for senior season
06.08.07: Pirates bring aboard juco shooting guard ... ECU's Myers advances in NCAA hammer throw ... Robich back at ECU as women's hoops aide
06.07.07: Northern League recognizes Darryl Lawhorn ... ECU strength assistant gets national honor ... Highly-sought nose tackle verbals to Irish
06.06.07: Owls hosting Aggies in NCAA super regionals ... Beavers beat Virginia in deciding regional game ... Cavaliers, Nittany Lions set pair of football dates
06.05.07: Pirates-Hokies: High noon kickoff in Blacksburg ... Three Pirates on all-regional baseball team ... Tar Heels rally to earn super regional berth
06.04.07: Southern Miss loses lead, ousted from regional ... Campbell names Link defensive coordinator ... Stanford, USC's Lovemark win NCAA golf titles
06.03.07: Wolfpack postponed in Columbia regional ... Mailman delivers for alma mater La. Tech ... SEC won't push for Division I-A football playoff
06.02.07: Hargreaves joins East Carolina football staff ... Paper: Grant in the mix for Gators hoops job ... Tulsa's Korbe shares Byron Nelson honor
06.01.07: Kragthorpe boots pair from Louisville program ... Duke's Danowski is lacrosse player of year ... Dollars lure Donovan to Orlando Magic
05.31.07: Two Pirates on All- State softball team ... Panel will study academic performance in hoops ... Five from C-USA named academic All-America
05.30.07: 13-year drought ends for Memphis baseball ... LSU mascot, Mike V, led inspirational life ... Jayhawks ace facing comeback from surgery
05.29.07: C-USA sends four to NCAA baseball regionals ... Duke falls to Johns Hopkins in lacrosse final ... Kansas star decides no Rush on NBA draft
05.28.07: ECU duo set for NCAA hammer championships ... Duke, Johns Hopkins vie for NCAA lacrosse title ... Former Villanova star dies after beating
05.27.07: ECU's Myers hammers out NCAA track berth ... Dramatic goal lifts Duke into NCAA lacrosse final ... Blue Devil women earn national title on the links
05.26.07: C-USA baseball players visit children's ward ... Cavs, Heels meet for berth in ACC championship ... SEC will look at potential football playoff
05.25.07: East Carolina track standouts in NCAA regionals ... Two gridders planning to leave Virginia Tech ... Rolle through as role player in hoops for LSU
05.24.07: Slain Miami lineman's parents to get $2 million ... Georgetown hoops duo announces future plans ... Heels' stumbles persist in ACC baseball tourney
05.23.07: C-USA session tickets available ... League honors go to six Pirate baseball players ... Paper: Villanova legend beaten, near death
05.22.07: Aggies end Houston's softball season ... C-USA weekly honors go to Belanger, Luna ... Duke plows through Heels to lacrosse Final Four
05.21.07: Tulsa takes NCAA regional golf title ... Purdue plans $82 million expansion of arena ... Criminal activity in program leads to coach's exit
05.20.07: C-USA baseball pairings set, ECU faces Tulane ... USM's Eustachy gets raise, extension ... Houston slams Aggies in softball regional
05.19.07: C-USA moves toward 6th bowl partnership ... Tar Heels extend Williams' contract ... Rice's Savery semifinalist for Dick Howser honor
05.18.07: East Carolina women's hoops adds Georgia star ... Gastonia Ashbrook high jumper heading for ECU ... Va. tennis standout joins ECU women's team
05.17.07: Weatherbee: ECU football tix may get scarce ... Cougars face La-La in NCAA softball opener ... Southland Conference star pulls out of NBA draft ... Pa. justices hear arguments on Paterno's salary
05.16.07: Winthrop guard in coma following car wreck ...
C-USA announces track honors... Conference reaches agreement in 'Summit' talks
05.15.07: ECU's Krog heads for NCAA golf championship ... Prep guard Jai Lucas chooses Gators... Miami present Pata's degree to family members
05.14.07: ECU men win C-USA 4x100-meter relay ... Pirate softball falls in Conference USA final ... Green team rolls as Glanville era kicks off
05.13.07: Black Knights to face Zips in new Patriot Bowl ... Hurricanes center granted another season ... New Mexico State gives Theus new deal
05.12.07: Hokies looking for offensive improvement ... Penalty shortened for former Buckeyes coach ... Davis, Flutie among gridders getting Hall call
05.11.07: Port City FM joins East Carolina football network ... Pirate softball takes Conference USA win in ten ... Miami's ADee stepping down after 15 years
05.10.07: ECU's Paisley is
C-USA's freshman of the year ... Pirate women's track signs Durham standouts ... Man gets life for killing TCU football player
05.09.07: ECU's Morman captures triple jump at Duke ... Pirates earn a bye in C-USA softball tourney ... ECU's Hose named C-USA pitcher of week
05.08.07: Omaha mulls replacing Rosenblatt Stadium ... Duke seeded No. 1 for NCAA lacrosse tourney ... JamesOn Curry cleared for NBA draft
05.07.07: ECU softball seeded No. 2 for C-USA tourney ... UAB, UNLV lose football scholarships ... Prosser going to Kuwait for USO operation
05.06.07: Duke bows out of hosting state title grid games ... Pirate basketball under the gun in academics ... Graduation exercises include 43 ECU student-athletes
05.05.07: Virginia, Southern Cal to collide on Aug. 30 ... Louisville re-signs Pitino through 2013 ... Three from
C-USA on Rimington watch list
05.04.07: Lewellen leaving East Carolina for Virginia post ... Marshall women get berth in preseason WNIT ... Three-point shot getting a foot longer
05.03.07: Graham signs as free agent with Panthers ... Tulsa tennis teams, Rice men get NCAA bids ... Florida State panel denies tight end's release
05.02.07: Pirate golfers accorded conference honors ... UAB's Osborn, Tulsa take golf titles ... Saint Louis becomes new challenge for Majerus
05.01.07: ECU's Lee, Roach get national academic honors ... Houston's Kolb leads C-USA draft selections ... Jordan's son plans to join Illini hoops program

News Nuggets, 06.13.08
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East Carolina and Conference USA have been informed of a network change for the ECU-Virginia Tech contest scheduled for 12 noon on Sept. 1 at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg.

The Pirates and Hokies will now be shown on ESPN rather than ESPN2 as had been announced earlier.

ECU's Roller named to national frosh unit

East Carolina designated hitter Kyle Roller has been named to the inaugural Ping!baseball All-Freshman team as a second-team selection.

Roller, who was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team, batted .306 with 30 RBI's and shared the team lead in home runs with 11.

A native of Rockingham, NC, Roller is playing this summer for the Thomasville Hi-Toms in the wooden bat Coastal Plain League.

C-USA scholar awards go ECU's Krug, Williams

East Carolina senior volleyball player Heidi Krug and senior golfer Michelle Williams have each been named recipients of the 2006-07 Conference USA scholar athlete of the year awards.

The awards are presented to the top student-athlete in each conference-sponsored sport and are based upon academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service.

Krug graduated this spring with a cumulative 4.0 GPA as a biology major while Williams also upheld a 4.0 cumulative GPA as a bio-chemistry major.

June 12, 2007

Irish to don throwback jerseys for USC game

Notre Dame and Adidas will honor the 30th anniversary of the Fighting Irish's 1977 national championship team by wearing green jerseys and gold pants for the Southern California game on October 20th, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis has announced.

The throwback uniforms will be designed to replicate those worn by the 1977 team.

Herd soph on Athletes in Action Jones Cup team

Marshall sophomore Tyler Wilkerson is one of 10 players from eight NCAA Division I universities, along with a former pro and one National Christian College All-American, that will compete for the Athletes In Action team representing the United States at the 2007 Jones Cup in Taipei, Taiwan, beginning July 2.

Athletes In Action (AIA) captured the 2006 Jones Cup championship, marking the 15th time a U.S. team had won the tournament since its inception in 1977.

Seminoles capture back to back NCAA track titles

Florida State's men clinched their second consecutive NCAA outdoor track and field championship with wins in the 200- and 400-meter events in Sacramento.

Ricardo Chambers won the 400 meter in 44.66 seconds and Walter Dix captured the 200 in 20.48 to clinch the team title for the Seminoles.

June 11, 2007

Pirates' Myers 12th in NCAA hammer throw

East Carolina wrapped up the 2007 track and field season this weekend at the NCAA outdoor championships in Sacramento. Terrance Myers advanced to the finals in the hammer throw, where he finished 12th.

ECU's Chelsea Salisbury missed the cut for the women's hammer throw event.

Myers, who advanced to the NCAA championships after finishing third in the hammer throw with a mark of 62.87 meters in the NCAA East regionals, placed fifth in his preliminary heat with a mark of 63.34 meters, and was 11th overall, advancing to the finals.

Myers recorded a mark of 61.73 meters in the finals for 12th place.

ECU's Neitz taken by Giants in 37th round

Jason Neitz, who ranks fourth all-time in pitching appearances at East Carolina, was picked in the 37th round of the major league baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants with pick number 1,117.

A lefty from Mifflinburg, PA, Neitz took the mound in 35 games, posting a 5-2 overall record with a team-best 2.60 ERA, striking out 40 batters and walking 20 in 55 1/3 innings pitched. His 35 appearances in a single-season ranks second in total appearances and relief appearances only to Shane Mathews' 39.

Neitz, who picked up wins against Duke, N.C. A&T, Tulane, Marshall and Western Carolina, joins three ECU players taken earlier in the draft: redshirt junior relief ace Shane Mathews (Conover, NC; 8th round, pick 249, Baltimore Orioles); junior infielder Dale Mollenhauer (Gibsonia, PA; 17th round, pick 539, Chicago White Sox);  and junior southpaw pitcher Dustin Sasser (Pikeville, NC; 21st round, pick 637, Chicago Cubs).

A total of 29 Conference USA players were selected in the draft, including first-round pick Joe Savery of Rice. The Owls' junior lefthander was grabbed by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 19th pick.

Anteaters nip Shockers to earn berth in Omaha

Junior Bryan Petersen doubled in Matt Morris with the game-winning run as Cal Irvine stunned Wichita State 3-2 on Sunday at Eck Stadium in Wichita to advance to the College World Series for the first time in program history.

The Shockers tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the ninth. However, the Anteaters struck back in the bottom of the frame as Morris led off with a one-out single off reliever Anthony Capra and then advanced to second on a wild pitch to set the stage for Petersen, who drove Capra's full-count offering to right-center to score Morris for the game-winner.

Other super regional champions that will join Cal Irvine at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, NE, for the eight-team College World Series that begins Friday include Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Mississippi State, Rice, Louisville and UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Corvallis, OR, Regional pitting Oregon State against Michigan has yet to be settled. OSU defeated the Wolverines 1-0 on Sunday in the first game of the best-of-three series. Rain had forced the game to be postpones from Saturday until Sunday. The teams will meet again today and, if necessary, play a deciding game on Tuesday.

June 10, 2007

Bulldogs beat Clemson to earn way to Omaha

Mississippi State scored four runs in the second inning thanks to a Clemson error and never trailed again, defeating the Tigers 8-5 on Saturday in front of 13,715 fans at Dudy Noble Field in the Starkville super regional.

The Bulldogs advanced to the College World Series with the win and improved to 38-20 on the season.

The Tigers ended their season with a 41-23 record.

Heels, Gamecocks resume super regional today

Due to inclement weather Saturday, game two of the 2007 NCAA Chapel Hill super regional was suspended in the middle of the seventh inning with South Carolina holding an 8-5 lead over No. 3 national seed North Carolina.

The game will be resumed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (ESPN2). Should the Gamecocks hold on for the victory, the decisive game three will be played as scheduled at 7 p.m. (ESPN2).

June 9, 2007

Rice leads parade of 29 draft picks from C-USA

Rice established a new Conference USA record by having 13 players selected in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, which concluded Friday evening.

Owls junior lefthander Joe Savery was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 19th overall selection of the major league baseball draft to lead the selections. Savery's selection marks the third straight year that a C-USA player has been taken in the first round of the MLB Draft and the fourth time in the last five years that the league has produced at least one first round pick.

The Owls record 13 selections included eight pitchers. Tulane set a school record by having six players chosen. East Carolina produced four picks, seven including a trio of incoming recruits. Southern Mississippi had two players selected, while Houston, Memphis and Central Florida each had one player taken.

ECU players taken in the draft were redshirt junior relief ace Shane Mathews (Conover, NC; 8th round, pick number 249, Baltimore Orioles), junior infielder Dale Mollenhauer (Gibsonia, PA; 17th round, pick number 539, Chicago White Sox),  junior southpaw pitcher Dustin Sasser (Pikeville, NC; 21st round, pick number 637, Chicago Cubs), and senior left-handed pitcher Jason Neitz (Mifflinburg, PA; 37th round, pick 1,117).

C-USA's 29 total selections were the second-most in league history. In 2004, the league produced 32 draft picks.

Three players that signed letters of intent to enroll at ECU in the coming academic year were selected in the draft: Tyrell Worthington (Pitt South Central High School, football signee; 5th round, pick number 163, Arizona Diamondbacks), Sthil Sowers (North Lenoir High School; 22nd round, pick number 677, Cleveland Indians), and Derrick Conaster (Tallahassee Community College, 28th round, pick number 859, Cincinnati Reds.

Conference USA's 2007 Major League Baseball Draft Picks

Round - Player - Position - School - Major League Team
  1. Joe Savery LHP Rice Philadelphia Phillies
  3. Brian Friday SS Rice Pittsburgh Pirates
  4. Tim Bascom RHP UCF Baltimore Orioles
  4. Sean Morgan RHP Tulane Arizona Diamondbacks
  7. Cole St.Clair LHP Rice Cleveland Indians
  8. Shane Mathews RHP East Carolina Baltimore Orioles
  8. Tyler Henley OF Rice St. Louis Cardinals
  8. Danny Lehmann C Rice Minnesota Twins
  9. Aaron Brown RHP Houston Seattle Mariners
11. Brad Emaus IF Tulane Toronto Blue Jays
13. David Clark RHP Southern Miss Los Angeles Angels
15. Daniel Latham RHP Tulane Minnesota Twins
17. Brandon Gomes RHP Tulane San Diego Padres
17. Dale Mollenhauer IF East Carolina Chicago White Sox
18. Bobby Bramhall LHP Rice Milwaukee Brewers
21. Dustin Sasser LHP East Carolina Chicago Cubs
24. Adam Zornes C Rice Cleveland Indians
28. Bill Moss 2B Memphis Chicago Cubs
28. Warren McFadden OF Tulane Detroit Tigers
29. Jonathan Runnels LHP Rice Toronto Blue Jays
34. Chris Kelley RHP Rice Arizona Diamondbacks
34. Ryne Tacker RHP Rice Oakland A's
36. Tyler Conn LHP Southern Miss Arizona Diamondbacks
37. Jason Neitz, LHP, San Francisco Giants
37. Scott Lonergan RHP Rice Boston Red Sox
44. Chad Lembeck OF Rice Colorado Rockies
44. Cat Everett SS Tulane Houston Astros
45. Travis Reagan C Rice Washington Nationals
48. Kyle Gunderson RHP Rice Washington Nationals

Thompson to direct ECU's basketball operations

Mark Thompson has been named director of basketball operations at East Carolina, filling the position vacated by Jeremy Shyatt, who resigned earlier this spring to pursue other opportunities.

"Mark and I worked together at the University of South Carolina for one successful season and I'm thrilled to add him to our staff," said ECU coach Ricky Stokes. "As a former player, it's a natural transition for him to move into coaching. With his background, work ethic and knowledge I know he'll be a great addition to the Pirate family."

Thompson's responsibilities at ECU include handling the program's daily operations, coordinating its travel itineraries, assisting with scouting videos and overseeing the team's student managers. He will also oversee the overall operation of ECU's summer boy's basketball camps.

Owls' Savery named finalist for Howser Trophy

Rice junior pitcher/first baseman Joe Savery has been named as one of the four finalists for the 2007 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the nation's top collegiate baseball player.

Savery is joined by Vanderbilt left-handed pitcher David Price, Texas outfielder Kyle Russell and Florida State second baseman Tony Thomas, Jr., as finalists for this year's award.

Houston's Brad Lincoln won the Dick Howser Trophy last season, becoming Conference USA's first recipient of the award.

Tigers' Mays decides to return for senior season

Clemson junior James Mays has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to school for his final season in 2007-08. Mays, who declared for the draft on April 25, participated in the pre-draft camp last week in Orlando.

"I have decided to return to Clemson for my senior year," Mays said. "I am glad that I went through this process, but feel coming back will give me a chance to continue to develop as a player, and enhance my draft status for next year.

"It will also allow me to work towards getting a degree, which is important to me and my family. My focus now is to do everything possible to help Clemson win an ACC championship."

The 6-foot-9 Mays was honorable mention All-ACC this past season while helping the Tigers to a 25-11 overall record. He averaged 12.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He also established Clemson single-season records for assists (95) and steals (69) by a frontcourt player.

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from electronic services and other sources. Copyright 2007 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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