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The 10th Inning (Jan. 19)

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After an uncharacteristic season a year ago in which the East Carolina baseball team posted a 32-27 (.542) record and missed post-season play, Head Coach Billy Godwin and his staff welcomes 12 new faces to help put the Pirates back into post-season play.

One of the newest faces is transfer Michael Ussery, who spent the past two years as the starting shortstop at Ohlone Junior College in Fremont, Calif. The junior infielder helped the Renegades to the 2010 California State Championship and a No. 3 final ranking by Perfect Game where he batted .425 (17-for-40) during the 11-game playoff run. In all he roped five doubles, laced a triple, scored 11 runs and drove in six RBI in route to Ohlone's first ever state championship.

ECUPirates.com sat down with the Ohlone JC all-conference shortstop for a quick 15 Question segment:

   1. Person in history I'd most like to meet: Babe Ruth
   2. Best athlete I've played against: Zach Johnson - 48th round pick by the Oakland A's in 2010
   3. Favorite Pro-Sports team is: San Francisco Giants
   4. Favorite midnight snack: Chocolate shakes
   5. Favorite breakfast cereal as a kid: Cinnamon Toast Crunch
   6. When I get nervous I: Bite my nails
   7. The thing I like most about ECU is: The hospitality and its rabid fan base for all sports
   8. When I played baseball as a kid I pretended I was: Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith
   9. My advice to youngsters is: Play hard and be humble
  10. The biggest obstacle I've overcome was: Not letting people talk me out of playing baseball
  11. I'm most proudest of: My sister Mallory
  12. My favorite summer or part-time job was: Painting
  13. I hated it when my mother made me eat: Green Beans
  14. My worst fear is: Failure
  15. The one thing I would most want to accomplish in baseball is: Win the College World Series

Did You Know?

Mike went to the same Junior College as current Pirate assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Nick Schnabel. Ussery helped Onlone Junior College claim the California State Championship in 2010 and verbally committed to ECU over the phone without ever stepping foot on campus.

Summer In The Cape:
Earlier this week while I was doing some research, I ran across a complete list of players that will be playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2011. And to no surprise, a couple of Pirates have landed on 2011 rosters for the Bourne Braves (Tyler Joyner) and Harwich Mariners (John Wooten). Since taking over the East Carolina baseball program, head coach Billy Godwin has helped place 13 Pirates on squads in the most prestigious collegiate wood bat league in the country. Below is a list of players that have played in the Cape for ECU since 2006:

2006: Shane Mathews (Cotuit)
2007: T.J. Hose (Bourne)
2008: Trent Ashcraft (Hyannis), Stephen Batts (Cotuit) and Kyle Roller (Bourne)
2009: Kevin Brandt (Hyannis), Seth Maness (Bourne), Kyle Roller (Bourne), Seth Simmons (Yarmouth-Dennis) and Trent Whitehead (Hyannis)
2010: Kevin Brandt (Hyannis), Mike Wright (Harwich), Zach Wright (Falmouth) and John Wooten (Harwich)
2011: Tyler Joyner (Bourne) and John Wooten (Harwich)

In other news:
On Monday, Jan. 24 at noon Coach Godwin will address a luncheon at The Chelsea in downtown New Bern, N.C. For more information please contact Butch Ricks (252-633-5268), John Turnage (252-671-9410), or Tom Southern (252-637-3013).

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