Williams Notches Nation-Best 10th Win, Houchins Goes 4-for-4
Brown and Townsend Hit Home Runs In Season Opener
Right-Hander Tosses One Inning Of Shutout Relief
ECU Career Notes: Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round (pick 350) in 2011 ... Only four-time Conference USA First-Team selection in league history ... Ranks first all-time at ECU in wins (38), strikeouts (334), starts (61), innings pitched (411.2), hits allowed (429) ... Closed out C-USA career with a 24-5 all-time record ... Named 2010 C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Year and 2008 Freshman-of-the-Year ... Selected five freshman all-america squads in 2008 ... Earned third-team all-america honors in 2008 by Collegiate Baseball and Ping!Baseball ... Four-time C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week ... Named 2008 ABCA All-Region Team ... Two-time Williams' Jungle Pitching MVP (2008, 2010) ... Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 43rd round (pick 1,247) in 2010.
2011:Named first-team All C-USA for the fourth time as a senior ... Earned C-USA All-Tournament honors for the second-straight season ... Named C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week and to the College Baseball Foundation National All-Star team after tossing his first career complete game shutout against Pepperdine where he struck out 11 batters ... Hurled five complete games on the season (two shutouts) ... Also tossed a career-best 10.0 innings against Rutgers (Mar. 18) in a no-decision ... Started 15 games posting 10 wins for the second-straight season (10-3) ... Struck out 80 while walking just 17 in 105.0 innings ... Posted a 1.71 ERA ranking second in C-USA (all games) ... In his final two collegiate games (Southern Miss/May 27 and Navy/June 4) tossed complete games ... Fanned seven or more batters seven times with a season-high 11 against Pepperdine ... Worked into the seventh inning nine times ... Recorded a team-best 12 quality starts ... Ranked among league leaders (all games) in fewest walks allowed (first), wins (t-1st), opposing batting average (second), innings pitched (second), fewest ER allowed (second), fewest runs allowed (t-2nd), starts (fourth) and strikeouts (sixth) ... Ranked first among NCAA Career Active Leaders in wins (38) and sixth in strikeouts (334) ... Tied Conference USA's all-time record in wins (38) with his complete game against Navy in the Charlottesville Regional ... Recorded wins against Youngstown State, Pepperdine, Monmouth, Memphis, UCF, Delaware State, Tulane, Southern Miss and Navy ... Lowes Senior Class Award Candidate ... Preseason All-America selection by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), College Baseball Lineup and Collegiate Baseball.
2010: C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Year and first-team all-conference selection (third-straight season) ... Named to C-USA All-Tournament squad after posting his 10th win of the season against Southern Miss where he fanned eight, walked one and had a no-hitter through five innings before giving up a leadoff double in the sixth ... Posted a 10-3 record with a 4.17 EA in 101.1 IP (all team bests) ... Fanned 90 while walking just 16 (team-low) ... Allowed 56 runs (47 earned) on 123 hits ... Drafted in the 41st round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Florida Marlins (pick 1,247) ... Earned Pitcher-of-the-Week honors after tossing his second career complete game (9.0 IP, 8H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 8 Ks) on May 3rd against Marshall ... Named to C-USA All-Academic Team ... Picked up second Williams' Jungle MVP Pitching Award (also 2008) ... Fanned a career best 11 hitters at Pepperdine (3/13) ... Ranked among the national leaders in BBs per 9 inn. (19th/ 1.42 pg), wins (26th/10) and strikeouts (91st/90) ... Led the league in innings pitched (101.1) and runners picked off (4), while ranking among the league leaders (all games) in wins (2nd/10), fewest walks allowed (3rd/16), starts (t-3rd/15), strikeouts (t-3rd/90), Ks looking (4th/27), ERA (6th/4.17) ... Tied Scott Copeland (Southern Miss) with a league-best five wins in conference action, while working a league-best 53.1 innings ... After starting the season 0-2 with losses against No. 2 Virginia and No. 10 South Carolina, won his next eight decisions ... Made two relief appearances (UNC Wilmington-3/31 and Elon-5/11) ... Notched lone save against Elon ... Worked into the seventh inning eight times, eighth five times ... All 10 wins were as a starter (Western Carolina, Pepperdine, Monmouth, N.C. Central, Tulane, Memphis, UAB, Marshall, Southern Miss and UCF) ... Allowed one or fewer walks in 12 of 15 starts ... Held opponents to two or fewer runs in five starts ... Finished the season with a 5.6-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio ... When starting a game, ECU posted a 10-5 overall record ... Held opposing hitters to a .298 average ... Preseason first-team All C-USA by league coaches ... Enjoyed greater success against right-handers (.277) than lefties (.336) ... Held opposing hitters to a sub .215 average with runners in scoring position and two-outs (.156), runners on and two-outs (.203), runners in scoring position (.214) ... Recorded a sub-2.00 ERA when working the first (1.20), second (1.80) and seventh (2.00) innings ... Posted a 6-2 record at Clark- LeClair Stadium while going 4-1 on the road ... Had a lower ERA on the road (3.89) than at home (4.88).
2009: First-team All C-USA selection (second-straight season) ... Two-time C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week (4/13; 5/17) ... College Baseball Foundation All-Star Lineup (4/17) ... Tied for second on the team with nine wins ... Posted a 9-3 record with a 4.73 ERA in 107. IP (team-best) ... Struck out 83 while walking just 18 (team-low) ... Allowed 62 runs (56 earned) on 123 hits ... Tossed first career complete game against No. 1 Rice (9.0 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 8 Ks) ... Started season 9-0 before dropping last three games (all post-season) ... Worked into the seventh inning 10 times, eighth inning four times ... Picked up nine wins as a starter (Monmouth, UCF, UAB, Rice, Tulane, Southern Miss, Louisiana-Lafayette, Houston, Memphis) ... Notched a pair of saves (No. 26 UNCW, No. 1 UNC) both preserving shutouts ... Struck out a season-best eight batters twice (No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 1 Rice) ... Allowed one or fewer walks in 13 of 16 starts ... Held opponents to one run or less in six starts ... Fanned three or more batters in 16 outings and six or more hitters six times ... Ranked among the national leaders in wins (31st/9), BBs per 9 inn. (37th/1.51), strikeouts (101st/83) ... Won a league-best seven games in C-USA play (no-decision vs. Marshall) ... Ranked among the league leaders (all games) in IP (1st/107.0), pickoffs (t-1st/5), Ks looking (2nd/32), wins (t-2nd/9), starts (t-2nd/16), fewest walks allowed (t-2nd/18), strikeouts (3rd/83) ... Finished the season with a 4.6-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio ... When starting a game, ECU posted an 11-5 overall record ... Held opposing hitters to a .243 average ... Named preseason Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Year and first-team All C-USA by league coaches ... Preseason first team All C-USA by Rivals.com ... Garnered five preseason All-America honors (NCBWA/second-team; Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball/third team; Recrutingcloser.com/third-team; Sporting News College All-America Team and CollegeBaseballInsider.com/Honorable Mention) ... Named to 2009 Brooks Wallace Pitcher-of-the-Year Award Preseason Watch List ... Enjoyed greater success against lefties (.233) than right-handers (.320) ... With the bases loaded only allowed one hit in seven at bats (.143 avg.) ... Posted an ERA below 2.79 when working the third (1.69), fourth (2.25), seventh (2.79) and ninth (0.00) frames ... Appeared in three post-season games (0-3, 8.05, 19.0, 18 R, 17 ER, 7 K, 4 BB) ... Recorded a 6-1 record a Clark-LeClair Stadium while going 3-2 on the road ... During day games posted a 8-1 record with a 4.64 ERA, while sporting a 1-2 record with a 4.94 ERA at night ... In league games only ranked first in wins (7) and innings pitched (54.2); third in batters struck out (49); tied for fourth in strikeouts looking (15); fifth in opposing BA (.238); sixth in ERA (3.29).
2009 Summer: Played in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) for the Bourne Braves alongside former Pirate teammate Kyle Roller ... Helped the Braves to its first CCBL Championship ... Appeared in eight games with five starts ... Posted a 2-1 record with a 3.44 ERA in 34.0 innings ... Allowed 16 runs (13 earned) on 30 hits with 41 strikeouts and five walks ... Picked up the divisional clinching win against the Orleans Firebirds after working six perfect innings allowing just two hits and fanning five ... Tossed a complete game one-hit shutout against Wareham (7/26) in an 8-0 victory, where he fanned a season-high 11 batters and carried a perfect game into the eighth inning before giving up a single to left to start the frame.
2008: During freshman campaign became one of the most decorated Pirates in school history after being named to seven All-America teams, five of those coming on freshman teams ... Selected as C-USA Freshman-of-the-Year and was a first-team all-conference and all-freshman honoree by league coaches ... All-America honors consisted of: Louisville Slugger Third-Team All-American (Collegiate Baseball); Ping!Baseball Third-Team All-American; Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball); Pro-Line Athletic National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) First-Team Freshman All-American; Baseball America First-Team Freshman All American; Rivals.com First-Team Freshman All American; Ping!Baseball Freshman All American ... Named second team ABCA/Rawlings All-Atlantic Region ... Named to Roger Clemens Award Watch List ... Tied ECU freshman record with nine wins after going 9-2 with 81 strikeouts to just 20 walks in 98.1 innings ... Posted a team second best 3.57 ERA ... Set ECU freshman records in strikeouts and innings pitched ... Earned Pitching MVP honors from the Pirate Jungle ... Appeared in 16 games making 15 starts ... Started the season 8-0 before dropping his first contest against Tulane ... Made collegiate debut against No. 2 South Carolina (2/23) working 4.0 innings allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits with three walks and five punch outs ... Won six consecutive decisions (3/1-4/5) ... Worked into the fifth inning in 13 of 15 starts, the seventh nine times and the eighth six times ... Allowed one or less walks in 10 of 16 appearances ... Longest outing came against Memphis (8.1 IP) on May 15 ... Had three games where he did not allow an earned run (Rhode Island, Presbyterian and Memphis) ... Finished the season with a 4.1-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio ... Three-time Wachovia Securities Player-of-the-Game ... Fanned at least five batters in 10 games with a season-best 10 against Pittsburgh (3/8) in the Keith LeClair Classic ... When starting a game, ECU posted an 11-4 overall record ... Notched C-USA wins against Houston, UCF, Southern Miss, UAB and Memphis ... Non-conference wins versus Monmouth, Pitt, Rhode Island and Presbyterian ... Lone relief appearance was against Coastal Carolina in the Conway Regional (4.2 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K) ... Held opposing hitters to a .254 average ... Had equal success against batters from both sides of the plate (.248 vs. left-handers and .257 vs. right-handers) ...Tied for the team lead in wins, innings pitched and batters struck out looking ... Ranked second on the team in ERA, games started, opposing BA and strikeouts ... With bases loaded only allowed nine hits in 42 at bats (.214 avg.) ... Posted an ERA below 2.00 when working the second (1.80) and seventh (1.04) frames ... Appeared in two games at the Conway Regional (0-1, 12.27 ERA, 7.1 IP, 10 ER, 12 R, 4 K, 2 BB) ... Worked 7.0 innings against Houston in the C-USA Tournament allowing three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in a non decision outing ... Recorded a 6-1 record at Clark-LeClair Stadium while going 3-0 on the road ... During day games posted a 5-0 record with a 3.08 ERA, while sporting a 4-2 record with a 3.88 ERA at night ... Ranked among league leaders (all games) in batters struck out looking (2nd/41); fewest walks (3rd/20); innings pitched (3rd/98.1); game started (4th/15); strikeouts (5th/81); ERA (8th/3.57); opposing BA (8th/.254); earned runs allowed (10th/39) ... In league games only ranked second in wins (5); third in batters struck out looking (21), innings pitched (55.1) and fewest walks allowed (9); seventh in strikeouts (41); eighth in ERA (3.25); ninth in opposing BA (.249) ... On a national scale ranked 30th in wins.
Pinecrest High School: Helped Patriots to a 49-19 overall record as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Named Mid Southeastern Conference Player-of-the-Year and first-team all-state as a sophomore under head coach Jeff Hewitt (former ECU player) ... Earned three letters in baseball and one in basketball ... Posted an 11-1 record on the mound with 124 strikeouts, five walks, while allowing just 13 hits in 86 innings of work ... As a junior posted a 1.44 ERA with 127 strikeouts and six walks in 87.2 innings ... Batted .420 both seasons with four home runs and 23 RBI ... Member of the Carolina Hurricanes travel team (Jeff Petty) and the Dirtbags travel team (Andy Partin) ... Competed in the N.C. State Games (2006) ... Rated by Impact Baseball as one of the top-40 players in North Carolina.
Personal: Full name is Michael Seth Maness ... Born October 14, 1988 in Pinehurst, N.C. ... Son of Michael Maness and Jan Benton ... Graduated in May of 2011 with a degree in accounting ... Has two siblings (Bailey and Tanner) ... Four-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient (Fall `07, Spring `09, Spring `10 and Spring '11) ... Also a four-time Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient (2008-11) ... 2010 C-USA All-Academic recipient.
CAREER NUMBERS: 38-11, 3.54 ERA, 411.2 IP, 66 games (61 starts), 429 Hs, 198 Rs, 162 ERs, 71 BBs, 334 Ks, 7 CGs, 2 SHOs ... CAREER HIGHS - innings pitched: 10.0 vs. Rutgers (3/18/11); strikeouts: 11 (twice, last vs. Pepperdine 3/4/11); walks: 3 (six times, last vs. UAB 4/11/11); hits: 14 vs. Houston (5/21/10); runs: 8 vs. Alabama (5/30/08); earned runs: 8 vs. Alabama (5/30/08).