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View from the East
Sunday, June 3, 2012

By Al Myatt

Al Myatt

ECU loss spelled w-a-l-k-s

Turning point: Five free passes in 7th influenced outcome

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ECU coach Billy Godwin and select players spoke with the media after the Pirates' Sunday loss to North Carolina (recorded by Brian Bailey):


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CHAPEL HILL — East Carolina outhit North Carolina 10-5 on Sunday afternoon and the Pirates played errorless defense at Boshamer Stadium but the Tar Heels still managed to deal ECU a 5-3 season-ending loss.

North Carolina took advantage of eight walks to stay alive in an elimination game of the Chapel Hill regional in the NCAA baseball tournament.

Five of the free passes were issued by Pirate pitchers in a three-run seventh inning that produced the margin of victory for the Heels.

"I thought our kids competed well today," said ECU coach Billy Godwin. "It was a game of freebies. We talked about that. When you play good clubs, you can't get away with eight walks.

"If you tell me before the game we're going to come in here and get 10 hits and they're going to have five and we're not going to make any errors, you're going to like your chances. It just didn't happen.

"When you look at it from the flip side, they walked no one. Walks are like hits in this game. You put people on and they took advantage of it."

Pirates starter Jharel Cotton allowed two runs in five and one-third innings. Cotton began faltering in the fifth when he hit a batter and walked a pair after retiring the first two. With the bases-loaded, disaster was avoided as ECU right fielder John Wooten made a catch at the fence on a deep fly by Colin Moran to end the inning.

Cotton's day was done after he walked Cody Stubbs with one out in the sixth and threw a ball to Shell McCain, the next hitter.

Andy Smithmyer came to the mound and struck out McCain before Brian Holberton delivered an RBI single for a 2-0 lead. Singles by Tommy Coyle and Jacob Stallings in the fourth preceded a sacrifice fly by Stubbs for the game's first run.

Consecutive two-out singles by Mike Ussery, Tim Younger and Drew Reynolds chopped the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth. Reynolds, the designated hitter, was thrown out at second as he tried to take an extra base on the throw to the plate as Ussery came home.

The versatile Reynolds relieved Smithmyer after three straight one-out walks in the seventh. Stallings lifted a sacrifice fly to left before Stubbs walked.

North Carolina coach Mike Fox selected Mike Zolk to go to the plate for McCain, who was 0-for-3, and the move paid off with a two-run single to center field for a 5-1 Tar Heels lead.

Reynolds settled down to retire the last eight batters he faced.

Chase McDonald and Jack Reinheimer had hits in the eighth for ECU before Younger's third hit in his last college game cut the margin to 5-2.

ECU's last run came on a homer to left by Wooten in the ninth.

Eight walks, including five in the Tar Heels' decisive three-run seventh inning, were too much to overcome.

"You can get away with it sometimes but you don't do it against a good club at home," Godwin said of the Pirate staff's inability to locate the strike zone. "It's very difficult."

ECU, seeded second in the regional, finished the season 36-24-1.

Third-seeded St. John's (40-21) captured the double-elimination event with a 9-5 victory over top-seeded North Carolina (46-16) on Sunday night.


NCAA Chapel Hill Regional

North Carolina 5, East Carolina 3



Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012
Event: NCAA Chapel Hill Regional
Venue: Boshamer Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
Attendance: 2,917
Records: ECU 36-24-1; NC 46-15.

Frank, Chaz cf........... 3  1  0  0
Coyle, Tommy 2b.......... 3  2  1  0
Moran, Colin 3b.......... 4  1  0  0
Stallings, Jacob c....... 4  0  1  1
Stubbs, Cody 1b.......... 2  1  0  1
McCain, Shell rf......... 3  0  0  0
Zolk, Mike ph............ 1  0  1  2
Griffin, Adam rf......... 0  0  0  0
Holberton, Brian dh...... 3  0  2  1
Russell, Michael ss...... 4  0  0  0
Jordan, Parks lf......... 3  0  0  0
Moss, Benton p........... 0  0  0  0
Orlan, R.C. p............ 0  0  0  0
Paula, Luis p............ 0  0  0  0
Parrish, Tate p.......... 0  0  0  0
Morin, Michael p......... 0  0  0  0
TOTALS...................30  5  5  5

EAST CAROLINA             AB  R  H BI
Younger, Tim lf........... 4  0  3  1
Reynolds, Drew dh/p....... 4  0  1  1
Thompson, Corey 3b........ 3  0  0  0
Wooten, John rf........... 4  1  1  1
Cannon, Jay cf............ 4  0  1  0
Wright, Zach c............ 4  0  0  0
McDonald, Chase 1b........ 3  1  2  0
Reinheimer, Jack ss....... 2  0  1  0
Ussery, Mike 2b........... 3  1  1  0
Cotton, Jharel p.......... 0  0  0  0
Smithmyer, Andy p......... 0  0  0  0
TOTALS....................31  3 10  3



SCORE BY INNINGS....... 1 2 3  4 5 6  7 8 9  -  R  H  E
NORTH CAROLINA......... 0 0 0  1 0 1  3 0 0  -  5  5  0
EAST CAROLINA.......... 0 0 0  0 0 1  0 1 1  -  3 10  0

DP - NC 3.
LOB - NC 9; ECU 3.
HR - Wooten(9).
HBP - Jordan; C. Thompson.
SH - Reinheimer(9).
SF - Stallings(2); Stubbs(2).
SB - Coyle(14); Jordan(6).
CS - Cannon(4).

NC PITCHING             IP  H  R ER BB SO
Moss, Benton.......... 6.0  6  1  1  0  1
Orlan, R.C............ 1.2  2  1  1  0  0
Paula, Luis........... 0.0  1  0  0  0  0
Parrish, Tate......... 0.1  0  0  0  0  0
Morin, Michael........ 1.0  1  1  1  0  2
Cotton, Jharel........ 5.1  3  2  2  3  2
Smithmyer, Andy....... 1.0  1  3  3  3  2
Reynolds, Drew........ 2.2  1  0  0  2  1

Win - Moss (7-2).
Loss - Cotton (8-3).
Save - Morin (19).
WP - Cotton(4).
HBP - by Cotton (Jordan); by Moss (C. Thompson).
BK - Smithmyer(3).
PB - Wright 2(7).
Umpires - HP: Ray Leible; 1B: Phil Benson;
          2B: Tony Norris; 3B: Ryan Broussard.
Start: 12:59 pm; Time: 2:43.
Attendance: 2,917.
Weather: 76 degrees, partly cloudy.
Notes: Moss faced 1 batter in 7th;
       Paula faced 1 batter in 8th.


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