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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, May 6, 2003
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

Pirates spring surprise; Promotion for Tracy?


When East Carolina welcomed Conference USA leader Southern Miss to town and opened the series with a Friday loss, few expected the Golden Eagles would go home on Sunday with a pair of defeats.

When the dust had settled after the weekend's action around the league, Southern Miss and Texas Christian were tied for first in C-USA, with Tulane a game back and Houston two games behind.

East Carolina improved to 14-10, good for fifth place in the league with six games to play.

To close out the year, the Pirates get a dose of both ends of the C-USA standings. ECU first host UAB in a three-game set starting on Friday. The Blazers are 8-15 in league play, tied for ninth with Memphis.

ECU closes out the regular season with a visit to New Orleans to challenge Tulane. The Green Wave is 17-7, just one game out of first place. Odds are that Tulane will be playing for at least a share of the C-USA regular season championship in that series.

The Pirates will spend a lot of time in “The Big Easy” to end the year, as the C-USA baseball tournament is in New Orleans.

No slight intended against our friends from K-town, but Kinston, where ECU hosted last season's league tourney, and New Orleans are worlds apart. This, too, will work against the Pirates come tourney time.

Give Mazey and the Pirates credit for an outstanding series against USM. The Pirates took a 3-0 lead in game one, but then gave up too many home runs and wound up losing 6-3.

But East Carolina rallied and took game two on Saturday, opening the door for the possible series win on Sunday.

ECU got that needed Sunday victory. It was a gutsy win for Glenn Tucker out of the bullpen that was the difference.

Freshman Kevin Rhodes made his first career start in the rubber game but didn’t make it out of the second inning.

Clint King homered off Rhodes to lead off the second inning, and Southern Miss scored all three of its runs in that inning.

Two more Golden Eagles reached before Tucker came in to save the day. Two more runs scored on a double and a sacrifice fly. Tucker came up with two strikeouts to get out of the jam.

Mazey was quick to give credit to his team for battling in this series.

“These guys have gotten used to winning,” Mazey said. “They know how to play hard and in the seventh, eighth and ninth inning they find a way to win these games.”

With this weekend’s series win, the ECU has now won seven of its eight series against conference opponents this season.

Former Pirate may be headed to the 'Bigs'

The Sporting News reports on its web sight that former Pirate Chad Tracy could be called up soon.

Currently, Tracy plays for the Arizona Sidewinders, the Triple A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Tracy is seventh in the Pacific Coast League in hitting at .356.

In 28 games Tracy has three home runs and six doubles. His slugging percentage is at .500 and his on-base average is at .411.

The Sporting News reported in its exclusive team report that the Diamondbacks wouldn’t wait to make a move with the team’s offense struggling.

The web site said the team is seriously considering bringing Tracy up to replace a struggling Matt Williams.

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