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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
By Brian Bailey

Play ball!

By Brian Bailey
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East Carolina officially opens baseball practice this Friday afternoon.

Under NCAA rules, the team has been able to get in plenty of individual work, but as far as the entire team getting together, that begins this week.

I’ve talked to several Pirate players in the last couple of weeks, and they are all very excited about this year’s team.

The Pirates will open the year ranked 24th in the Baseball America poll. It’s the first preseason ranking for the Pirates since the 2005 season when ECU was picked 30th by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and 32nd by Collegiate Baseball.

This year’s team is expected to be one of the strongest offensive clubs the school has ever produced. Stephen Batts returns as a Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year Preseason Watch List member.

Righthander T.J. Hose, who will most likely be the Friday starter for the Pirates in C-USA games, is also on that watch list.

There’s nothing like jumping right into a season head first. The Pirates open their year at No. 2 South Carolina on February 22nd with a three-game series.

The Pirates then play at Elon that week, before coming home to play 16 of their next 18 games at home at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Those early season home stands are a great tradition for Pirate baseball. East Carolina has won plenty of games during those stretches through the years.

It may not feel like it, but spring is just around the corner. It has to be, with baseball practice set to start!


Mack McCarthy told me that his East Carolina basketball team would most likely see a “J” curve at some point this season.

That “J” came courtesy of the “T”, and the Green Wave basketball team.

Tulane came to Williams Arena and sent the Pirates reeling after a 72-56 Tulane win.

“For the first time in a while I felt we took a step backwards,” said McCarthy after the loss. “I thought they were mentally and physically tougher then we were. You saw it in how they defended us, how they got second shots. I was pretty disappointed with our effort tonight.”

Tulane out-rebounded the Pirates by 13 boards. The Pirates committed 16 turnovers, while the Green Wave had just 5. Add up those numbers, and the Pirates were really fortunate that this wasn’t more of a blow out.

Next up, East Carolina travels to Southern Miss on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles are 10-9 overall, 2-3 in Conference USA.

The good news is that those 10 wins include victories over William Carey, Blue Mountain and Spring Hill, whoever those teams are!

The bad news is that Southern Miss beat Tulane 71-54. The Golden Eagles used a 21-4 run in the first half to beat the Green Wave in Hattiesburg.

The Pirates have just 11 games to go, five of which are at home.

Coach Mack has all week to get this squad ready for the trip to Mississippi. Then it’s back home for a game against a Rice team that is really struggling.


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