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Bailey's Take on Pirate Sports


From the Anchor Desk
Friday, May 2, 2003
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

Non-league strategy understandable but painful


If you think about it, college baseball is an odd sport. In what other sport do you not go with your very best when you take on your biggest rivals?

With league pecking orders on the line, though, it’s the weekend that matters most. For East Carolina, the battles of highest priority are those in Conference USA.

Still, wouldn’t it be nice to see the Pirates put their best on the mound against the likes of North Carolina and N.C. State.?

“These midweek games are difficult,” Coach Randy Mazey said. “We are just so thin on the mound that somebody has to step up and help us out.”

Not that the staff didn’t perform well in the second meeting this year with North Carolina State, because it did for the most part.

There are no moral victories in sports, but you can’t feel but so bad when you play the Wolfpack, the fifth best team in the country, twice during the season, and both games are one-run affairs.

State's Chad Orvella hit a walk-off home run in the eleventh inning to win Wednesday night's game at Doak Field. Orvella, whose arm might be as good as his bat, also got the victory in relief for the Wolfpack.

Mazey banks on loud crowd as ally versus league leader USM

So now the Pirates turn their attention back to C-USA. This weekend, East Carolina will play host to Conference USA leader Southern Miss.

“They are obviously very good,” said Mazey. “But we really hope to catch them away from their element. We’re hoping for some big, rowdy crowds for the weekend to give us a boost. Our fans will be key this weekend.”

The Pirates and Golden Eagles open the three-game series tonight at 7 p.m.

"R.V." gets wins record

Congratulations to J.H. Rose Coach Ronald Vincent, who became the all-time winningest high school baseball coach in North Carolina history last night.

Rose beat Northern Nash to give R.V. his 619th coaching win. Vincent passed Charles Howell on the all-time list with the victory over Northern Nash.

East Carolina has plucked away many a player from Vincent’s program over the last four decades. This year’s ECU roster features a number of former Rampants, who’ve had a chance to play college baseball in their own hometown.

One look at this year’s Rampants roster says that trend should continue. Even though Randy Mazey is on record as saying he will recruit nationally, you have to think that the talent pool at Rose will still play a role in the Pirates' plans.

Coach Vincent says his record is a credit to all of Greenville and even to East Carolina, because baseball holds a special place in this town.

“The record is really a reflection on all of the children, all of the parents, the volunteers, the city, the facilities,” Vincent said. “We all know that this is a great place, especially for baseball!”

Ronald Vincent obviously doesn’t like the spotlight. He’d certainly rather chalk a field then talk into a microphone. But even R.V. knew that Thursday night was special.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Vincent. “It’s something that hasn’t sunk in yet. I saw a lot of former players here tonight, former parents. It’s a good feeling.”

Congratulations Coach Vincent, and we’ll see you at #700!

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