TAKE ON PIRATE SPORTS
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Godwin's strategy pays off
JUNE 3-6, 2011
1. Virginia (50-9)
2. East Carolina (39-20)
3. St. John's (36-20)
4. Navy (33-24-1
vs.St. John's, 1 pm
vs. TBD, 6 pm
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Carolina coach Billy Godwin went with his ace on the mound and his young
slugger in the cleanup spot against Navy on Saturday looking to stay
alive in this Charlottesville regional.
Those decisions were the
key to a 6-1 win over the Midshipmen.
Seth Maness got the call
on the mound. Maness is a once a week guy, and Godwin gave Maness the
baseball and told him to win the game and go the distance. Maness did
just that. He ran his scoreless innings streak to 18 1/3 innings before
giving up an unearned run in the ninth.
Maness hasn't given up an
earned run in 29 innings.
"I think what Seth did
today (going the distance and winning) was much bigger than anything he
could do by coming back," said Godwin.
"I guess I'll be a
cheerleader the rest of the way," Maness added.
Godwin's other gem on the
day was in moving freshman Chase McDonald back to the cleanup spot in
the lineup. McDonald rewarded the coach with a grand slam that blew open
a close game in the seventh inning.
Chase said it's the first
time in his career that he's hit a grand slam. I joked with him that I
couldn't believe that he had never hit a grand slam playing all of those
games at Guy Smith Stadium.
Now the Pirates will count
on their great pitching depth to compete in this regional. They face a
long day on Sunday, starting with a chance for a bit of revenge against
St. John's at 1 p.m. After
blanking ECU 2-0 in a Friday matchup,
the Red Storm was thumped 10-2 by regional host and national No. 1 seed
Virginia Saturday evening.
Godwin revealed in
Saturday's postgame press conference
that southpaw Kevin Brandt will get the start against St. John's. If the
send the Red Storm packing, they'll have to turn around and play again at 6
p.m., this time against the Cavaliers.
ECU would have to beat the
Wahoos on Sunday and then repeat the feat on Monday to advance to the
super regionals. UVa is the only team without a loss in the region's
Hopefully, there's still
plenty of baseball to come in Charlottesville.
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