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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
By Brian Bailey

Home is where the hope is

By Brian Bailey
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East Carolina took another road hit this past weekend, falling to Marshall 83-49.

The Pirates now stand at 8-13 overall, 2-6 in Conference USA.

This week provides a pair of home games. This Pirate team plays much better at home, and I think the team has a chance to win both games.

The road woes, though, are a much different matter.

“We played well on the road early in the year,” said Pirate coach Mack McCarthy. “We played well at South Florida, at George Mason, etc. We were probably playing better on the road for a spell then we were playing at home.”

That hasn’t been the case of late. Road games will be next week’s problem.

This week, Coach Mack and company try to win a couple of league tilts against Tulsa on Wednesday and versus Southern Miss on Saturday.

“We’re catching Tulsa at a bad time,” said McCarthy. “They are really starting to play good basketball. Their center, Jerome Jordan, is really turning into a good player. He’s a big seven footer, and we’ve had trouble guarding guys in the post.”

Southern Miss comes to Greenville for the return game on Saturday. Back on February 2, the Golden Eagles whipped ECU 92-69.

“Southern Miss got pretty beat up at Tulsa the other night, so if you’re comparing scores things don’t look good,” said McCarthy. “But we’ve played pretty well at home. We’ve been competitive in all of our home games.”

It’s a big week for the program. A couple of home wins this week would move the Pirates within a couple of games of the .500 mark in the league.

Looking at the bigger picture, achieving some consistent success at home would be a great step towards the building of a solid program.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. For that matter, the Romans weren’t a very good road team, either.

Baseball shaping up

The East Carolina baseball team continued with its preseason scrimmage work this past weekend.

The Pirates held a trio of situational scrimmages, and the results were most positive.

“I was really pleased with this past weekend,” said ECU coach Billy Godwin. “We were certainly more crisp and things are shaping up.

“We hit eight or nine home runs this weekend. It’s just hard to evaluate things when you’re competing against yourselves. I do know that we were much better this past weekend.”

Godwin’s starting pitching rotation is taking shape as well.

T.J. Hose will be the Friday starter. Godwin also said that Auburn transfer Justin Bristow looks to be the Sunday starter. Saturday is still up in the air, but freshman Seth Maness is the favorite to take that slot.

“Sthil Sowers really threw the ball well this weekend,” added Godwin. “That’s really big for us. He’s a guy that we thought would help right away and he looked good.”

Sowers is a former area standout at North Lenoir High School.

Saturday is a big day for the program with the 8th annual “Meet the Pirates” Day luncheon. That’s also when we’ll find out which Pirate player will wear the No. 23 this year to honor former East Carolina coach Keith LeClair.

I asked Coach Godwin if he’d give us a hint as to which player was chosen.

“All I will say is that this player is certainly the most deserving,” said Godwin.

We’ll all find out on Saturday.

That afternoon, the Pirates will once again scrimmage. This time the pitching staff will be used in actual game-type situations. The players will also wear their game uniforms to continue to get ready for the season.

One of those uniforms will feature the number 23.

The Pirates open the season at South Carolina a week from this Friday.


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