Heading into the New Year, we will countdown the Top 11 moments of the 2011 Baseball season. The Pirates (41-21) posted their fourth 40-win season and advanced to their third NCAA Regional Final under head coach Billy Godwin, eventually following to College World Series participant and overall No. 1 seed Virginia.
Coming in at No. 11 is Seth Simmons becoming ECU's all-time saves leader passing former All-American Cory Scott. On March 19, the senior from Lewisville, N.C. closed out a 6-3 win over Rutgers inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium giving the Pirates its third series win of the year and improving to 15-4 on the young season.
Leading 6-2 going to the top of the ninth, Rutgers plated a run when Michael Lang singled up the middle off of Jake Harris scoring Nick Favatella from second base, cutting the lead to 6-3. With one out, Simmons relieved Harris getting Steve Zavala to ground out to John Wooten at first before striking out Steve Nyisztor to end the game and record his 24th career save becoming the all-time leader.
Simmons would go on to record two more saves (UCF/Apr. 17 and Tulane/May 20) to finish his career with 26. During his four-year career, Simmons posted a 13-8 record with 187 strikeouts in 149.2 innings and sported a 3.91 ERA. The two-time National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper-of-the-Year Watch List candidate would also set the school record for career and relief appearances at 117.
Top 11 Moments of the 2011 Baseball Season
11. Seth Simmons becomes ECU's all-time saves leader (Mar. 19, 2011)