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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, March 29, 2010

By Brian Bailey

Drama no obstacle for Cardiac Bucs


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Every team has its own distinct personality. This 2011 East Carolina baseball squad is quickly developing its style as a “never say die” unit that continues to pull games literally out of the fire.

The Pirates have their own version of “March Madness” going!

Zach Wright’s two-out, two-run, walk-off home run beat Memphis on Saturday 5-3 to clinch the three-game series for ECU. The Pirates took game one on Friday night behind Seth Maness, but then dropped the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday.

All three games could have certainly gone either way.

Maness was the difference on Friday night. The senior right-hander just gets better and better.

Maness is now 19-3 all-time against Conference USA opponents. He is 4-1 this season with a miniscule 1.99 ERA. Opposing hitters are batting just .201 against Maness this season.

Game two was another one-run game. Memphis pulled this one out 3-2, scoring the winning run on a fielder’s choice in the seventh inning.

The Pirates and Tigers played a doubleheader on Saturday to beat the bad weather. Game three of the series featured another low scoring nail biter.

What a difference a couple of at bats can make! East Carolina was starring down the barrel of a doubleheader sweep and opening the conference slate with a series loss.

The Pirates rallied, though. John Wooten brought home the tying run with a two-out base hit. Then Wright turned what would have been a disappointing weekend into a series win with his game winning blast.

Pirate coach Billy Godwin was asked about his team’s knack for winning late after the series clinching win.

“I wish I could bottle it and get them to focus, one through eight,” joked Godwin. “They are a group of competitors. They don’t ever quit. They are fun to be around and fun to coach.”

Godwin calculated that coming from behind and winning that third game against Memphis, thus taking the series, will reap big benefits down the road.

“You obviously want to win every game,” explained Godwin. “But really it comes down to winning series. When the committee sits down for the tournament they look at just how many series you win. This was huge.”

East Carolina has another busy week coming up, visiting UNC-Wilmington today, then hosting Elon on Wednesday.

Thursday is a travel day to Birmingham. Then it’s a three-game series with league foe UAB.

The Blazers took two out of three from Marshall this past weekend. All three games were one-run affairs. Does that sound familiar?

UAB scored twice in the 9th to take the opener on Friday. On Saturday, the Herd tuned the same trick, scoring twice in the 9th to win.

Sunday’s game went 14 innings. UAB pitchers set a school record with 17 strikeouts. The Blazers took the series with a 2-1 victory.

Maybe it’s the new bats. Maybe the early season weather, combined with the bats is the cause. Or perhaps it’s the pitching depth in Conference USA.

Whatever it is, scoring is down and games are tight.

Get that blood pressure checked before heading to Clark-LeClair. These games are not for the faint of heart!


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