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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
By Brian Bailey

Lady Pirates get set to go dancin’

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Sharon Baldwin-Tener’s smile as the clock hit triple zeros said it all on Championship Sunday in Conference USA women’s hoops.

Once again, her Lady Pirates had dug themselves out of a hole, and this time the prize was as big as it gets for her young program.

For the first time in 25 years, the East Carolina women will head to the NCAA basketball tournament.

The team arrived back in Greenville shortly after noon on Monday. Several fans greeted the ladies upon their arrival back in town.

“I think it’s great,” said C-USA Tournament MVP LaCoya Terry. “To get all of these fans out here when people have to work, I’m really excited.”

Jasmine Young scored 23 points in the 79-70 win over Rice in the title game.

“It feels great and it’s wonderful to see all of this support,” said Young. “I hope we can get more people to our games next year.”

For Lady Pirate coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener, the rebuilding project is now complete.

“This was a huge win for our program,” said Baldwin-Tener. “Hopefully it will take us to the next level. When we got here we were at the bottom and it has taken us five years to get to the top, but we’ve finally gotten there."

The ladies won’t be able to make their travel plans until this coming Monday night, when the NCAA Women’s field is announced. had East Carolina as a No. 13 seed playing in Los Angeles in one of their projected brackets. That same Web site had N.C. State as a No. 4 seed, playing in Raleigh. I would think that if ECU is a 13 and if N.C. State is a 4, then those two would hook up at the RBC Center. We’ll see.

Congratulations to Coach Baldwin-Tener and the Lady Pirates and best of luck in the NCAA Women’s Tournament.

Pirates 'win' Keith LeClair Classic

Even though there wasn’t really a trophy, East Carolina essentially took home the title in the 4th annual Keith LeClair Classic.

ECU and Pepperdine both finished with 2-1 records. ECU would get the tiebreaker by virtue of that 5-4 win over the Waves on Friday.

N.C. State and Western Carolina were both 1-2. The Wolfpack’s lone win on the weekend was that 5-4 thriller over ECU on Saturday, played in front of the largest crowd to ever see a college baseball game in the state of North Carolina.

On offense, Brandon Henderson was the star. Henderson hit .573 for the weekend. He topped off that performance with his dramatic RBI double in the bottom of the 9th that produced the 3-2 victory against Western Carolina.

Against the Catamounts, Josh Dowdy did a great job in going 8 innings and keeping the Pirates close. T.J. Hose was great in the win over Pepperdine, and Dustin Sasser had a gem going for a while in the loss to N.C. State. Billy Godwin is certainly getting the pitching he needs to win.

If you’re a baseball fan you had to enjoy this past weekend’s Classic. Quite simply, it was just great baseball. That’s what you get when you schedule great teams. You get great competition.

Here’s looking forward to the weekend, when 9th-ranked Cal State Fullerton comes to Clark-LeClair!

Pitt off to 12-0 start

Former ECU great Tommy Eason has his Pitt Community College Bulldogs off to a 12-0 start.

Eason’s squad swept Wilkes Community College in a four-game series this past weekend.

Pitt’s roster is dotted with many players that you would recognize from the area.

“The guys are working hard and we’re real pleased with our start,” said Eason. “We play a good brand of baseball, and we hope folks can come over and check us out sometime.”

Eason’s intensity is worth the price of admission, for sure!


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