The East Carolina baseball team continued its stellar play over the weekend picking up a series win over nationally recognized Pepperdine. The Pirates (7-3) lost a heartbreaker during game one of the doubleheader 5-4 in extra innings, but rebounded with a solid 7-4 win in the night cap. On the weekend, ECU hurlers allowed nine runs (all earned) and enter this week's action with a Conference USA best 2.00 team ERA.
East Carolina Pirates (7-3)
National Ranking: Receiving Votes (NCBWA) as of Feb. 28, 2011
Current Streak: W-1
Last Week: 3-1
Mar. 1: Win vs. Campbell, 7-4
Mar. 4: Win vs. Pepperdine, 2-0
Mar. 5: Loss vs. Pepperdine, 5-4 (11 inn.)
Mar. 5: Win vs. Pepperdine, 7-4
Away vs. Campbell (Mar. 8)
Home vs. High Point (Mar. 9)
* Home vs. Monmouth (Mar. 11)
* Home vs. Rutgers (Mar. 12)
* Home vs. Liberty (Mar. 13)
* = 8th Annual Keith LeClair Classic
Pirate Hitter of the Week
Corey Thompson, Junior, INF
For the third-straight week Thompson led the team in hitting with a .500 (8-for-16) average helping the Pirates to a 3-1 week, including a series win over nationally recognized Pepperdine ... He drove in three runs and scored twice ... Extended current streak to 17-straight games (dating back to May 18, 2010) where he has reached base safely ... Recorded three multi-hit games (35 for career), including a four-hit performance in game one of ECU's doubleheader against Pepperdine - tying his career-high for hits in a game ... His RBI single in the fourth inning of game three against Pepperdine proved to be the game winner, the second of the season and seventh of his career ... Thompson, who is batting .421 on the season, owns a career .388 average which ranks in the Top-5 among C-USA active players.
Pirate Pitcher of the Week
Seth Maness, Senior, RHP
Maness tossed his first career complete game shutout (two-hitter) against Pepperdine on March 4 to improve to 2-1 on the year ... Tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts, which was previously set last March against Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif. ... Faced three over the minimum and at one point retired 18 hitters in a row from the third (one-out double) to the ninth inning (two-out single) shutting down the Waves completely for nearly seven innings ... In all he forced eight ground outs, seven fly outs, walked one and hit one in his third career complete game ... Most of the ground outs were weak and only four fly balls left the infield ... He recorded seven first- or second-pitch outs, and ran the count to three balls just twice, including a ninth-inning walk ... Struck out multiple hitters in three frames including the side in the seventh ... He threw 101 pitches (74 for strikes) in ECU's fastest game (hour and 45 minutes) since April 24, 2005 when Ricky Brooks no-hit Memphis in an hour and 43 minutes ... Maness registered his 30th career win and moved into sole possession of third place on ECU's all-time wins list ... His 30 wins also ranks first among NCAA active pitchers ... With his 11 punch outs he moved into sole possession of fifth place on the school's all-time strikeouts list (275) passing ECU Hall of Famer and former Major Leaguer Bob Patterson (1978-82) ... His third career shutout moved him into a tie for eighth place all-time at ECU ... On the season, Maness owns an impressive 1.86 ERA where he has fanned 21 batters while walking just one in 19.1 innings.
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