East Carolina opened its 2012 season in impressive fashion with a three-game sweep of Milwaukee. The Pirates look to stay undefeated and move to 4-0 for the first time since 2009.
ECU will face a familar opponent, former Colonial Athletic Association foe Old Dominion. The Monarchs defeated the Pirates 7-4 at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium in last year's only meeting between the two schools.
Here's more insight into Wednesday's road opener in Norfolk...
-The Monarchs lead the all-time series against ECU, 28-26.
-An Apr. 26, 2011 contest between ODU and the Pirates was canceled due to inclement weather. ECU had already arrived in Norfolk and was preparing for batting practice when storms hit the area. The game was called shortly thereafter.
-The two clubs last clashed in Norfolk on March 4, 2008. The Pirates claimed a thrilling victory after knotting the score at 13 in the ninth and plating seven runs in the 10th for a 20-13 triumph.
-East Carolina finished 17-11 away from the friendly confines of Clark-LeClair Stadium in 2011 ... 12-8 in true road games ... 5-3 at neutral sites (win over Wake Forest in Zebulon, 2-1 at Conference USA Tournament in Pearl, Mississippi, 2-2 in NCAA Charlottesville Regional).
-Probable Starters: Joseph Hughes (ECU) vs. C.J. Huyett (ODU)
-Hughes appeared in 18 games last year and made one start. He got the nod against No. 14 North Carolina, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits while walking a pair and striking out one in a season-high 3 2/3 innings. He finished the campaign with a 4.09 ERA. Wednesday will mark Hughes' sixth career start on the mound.
-Huyett returns to the ODU rotation after sitting out an injury-plagued 2011. In 2010, Huyett became only the second player in Monarchs history to throw a nine-inning no-hitter. The senior right-hander fanned 11 and walked just one batter in a victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore. Huyett hurled 2 2/3 innings of relief in a 5-4 extra-inning loss to Temple last weekend. He gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits.
-John Wooten looks to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He kept the streak alive in the series finale against Milwaukee with a towering home run down the left field line.
- Corey Thompson, Jay Cannon and Tim Younger led ECU offensively on opening weekend. The trio went 15-for-28 at the dish, recorded three extra-base hits, scored nine runs and collected 10 RBIs as the Pirates outscored Milwaukee 26-4 in the three wins.
-Wednesday's tilt marks the first of seven on this year's schedule against Colonial Athletic Association members: Old Dominion (two), UNC-Wilmington (two), VCU (two), William & Mary (one). ECU owns an all-time 301-182 record against members of the CAA.
-The Pirates moved up two spots to No. 20 in the latest Perfect Game poll.
First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. Check back after the game for additional coverage of ECU's first road contest of 2012.