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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
By Brian Bailey

Signing Day Eve

By Brian Bailey
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Wednesday is the day that many hard core football fans live for. It’s the national signing day for college football programs. East Carolina is expected to sign between 17-20 student-athletes.

Pirate Coach Skip Holtz will once again host a signing party. That event is set for 5 p.m. at Harvey Hall on campus. Tickets are $10 and are only available in advance. Tickets are available at the ECU ticket office, or at the Pirate Club.

Organizers stress that there are NO walk-up tickets available, so if you’re going to the party you must get that ticket.

Earlier on signing day, Holtz will meet with the media at 3 p.m. Oddly, NCAA rules stipulate that the media isn’t allowed to cover the 5 p.m. event.

The “Signing Day Celebration” is expected to feature a video highlight reel of all of the future Pirates.

Also, our good friend Allan Powell, better known as “Pirate Al,” will be hosting his annual pig-picking just outside the stadium. He says that everyone is invited. Many of the Pirate coaches usually come by for a bit and it is always a good time. We are planning to go live at noon on Channel 9 from the festivities.

According to most of the recruiting “experts”, the Pirates will once again sign a very solid class, which will serve several needs, especially on the offensive line.

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Baseball shifts into gear

East Carolina opened baseball practice this past weekend with a three game intra-squad scrimmage.

Friday was the first day of practice. Rain moved the workout to late in the afternoon. The Pirates finally hit the field at 5:30 p.m.

I had a chance to see some of that first scrimmage. I came away most impressed with T.J. Hose. I arrived in the fourth inning, and Hose had gone the distance at that time, throwing just 43 pitches in the four frames. He was in midseason form.

“I thought T.J. Hose was stellar,” said Pirate coach Billy Godwin. “He ended up going six shutout innings and throwing only 63 pitches. I think we can ball him up and ship him on to Columbia right now.”

The Pirates open their season at second-ranked South Carolina on February 22.

Godwin said he thought the first weekend of scrimmages was very solid. He’ll continue to utilize the weekend for three-game scrimmage sets until the Pirates open the regular season.

“I think for the first weekend it was very solid,” continued Godwin. “I thought freshman pitcher Seth Manus was really good on Saturday with his six scoreless innings.”

Godwin says he wants his club on the field for repetitions this week. He wants this club to get into a nice rhythm with practices and then games on the weekend.

“We just need to get out on the field every day," he said. "We need to swing the bat. We need to field ground balls. It’s all about repetition and that’s what we are going to concentrate on this week before the next set of scrimmages.”

Those scrimmages are fun to watch. Godwin says they will continue to be open to anyone at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

If you love the game of baseball, you’ll enjoy watching the coaching and teaching that goes on during the intra-squad scrimmages.

Opening day is just 17 days away!


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