Two 2012-13 Commitments Also Taken On Day Three
Pair Of Late Rallies Fall Short As 2012 Campaign Comes To An End Against Tar Heels
Five Pirates Record Multiple Base Knocks in 15-Hit Attack
Pirates Score Three Runs On 11 Hits In Loss
Named preseason First-Team All-Conference USA by league coaches (2012) ... Middle of the order type of hitter (third through fifth) with the ability to hit for average and power ... One of the top returning hitters in C-USA action after batting .328 during junior season ... Should get the starting nod at third base heading into the season opener ... Solid defender at the hot corner with a strong arm ... One of six seniors on the club ... 2011: Named to Conference USA All-Tournament Team after batting a team-best .467 (7-for-15) with a home run, seven RBI and slugging .733 ... Collected multiple hits and drove in at least one run in all three games ... Went 2-for-5 in the tournament opener against Houston (May 25) with a home run and three RBI ... Followed that with three hits and another three-RBI performance in ECU's 4-2 win over Tulane, where his one-out double in the 11th proved to be the game-winning hit that plated a pair of runs ... Closed out the tournament against No. 19 Southern Miss going 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the fifth frame ... Earned second-team All C-USA honors from SEBaseball after leading the team with a .328 average (75-for-229) and 47 RBI ... Finished second on the team in hits (75) ... Belted six home runs ranking second on the team behind Zach Wright (13) ... Laced 11 doubles, scored 36 runs and swiped a career-best three bases ... Started 59 of 60 games with 52 starts at the hot corner and seven at first ... Led the team with eight game-winning RBI, two coming against Tulane in the Pirates final at-bat ... Roped a two-out single up the middle against the Green Wave (May 21) in the 11th scoring Jack Reinheimer securing ECU's first-ever series sweep against the Green Wave ... Also had game-winning hits against No. 10 Virginia, Pepperdine, Rutgers, Elon, UCF and Wake Forest ... Top performance of the year came against UNCW (Apr. 19) going 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and four runs scored in a 17-13 win at Clark-LeClair Stadium ... Laid down a sac bunt in the 12th inning at Houston (Apr. 21) that moved Reinheimer into scoring position setting up the game-winning run on Trent Whitehead's single to left center ... Recorded three hits and drove in four runs against ACC member Wake Forest (May 11) earning him the third of five game balls on the year ... Collected 22 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI games ... Led the team with a season and career-best 15-game hitting streak (Apr. 15-May 14) where he batted .381 (24-for-63) with two homers, 14 RBI and scored 12 runs ... Reached base safely in 29-straight games (Apr. 9-June 5), which led the team ... Pirates posted a 35-17 record when he started at third base, 5-2 ledger at first ... Batted in the second or third spot of the order in 55 of his 59 starts ... Five of six home runs came with men on base ... Blasted homers against N.C. State, UNCW, Houston (twice), Tulane and St. John's ... Swiped bases against No. 10 Virginia, Delaware State and Navy ... Committed 12 errors in 208 chances posting a .942 fielding percentage ... Recorded 86 putouts, 110 assists and turned 10 double plays (seven at third) ... Scored a single-game team-high four runs against UNCW (Apr. 19) ... Batted a team second-best .571 (4-for-7) with seven RBI when the bases were loaded ... Drove in a team-best 46 runs with runners on base (14 of those with two outs) and 40 with runners in scoring position ... Batted a team-best .545 (18-for-38) with 13 RBI in the third inning, while ranking third with a .438 (14-for-32) with 13 RBI in the fifth frame ... Started all seven post-season games at third batting .375 (12-for-32) with two home runs, nine RBI and three runs scored ... Batted .276 (24-for-87) with two home runs and 14 RBI in league play ... Ranked among the league leaders (all games) in RBI (t-7th) and on-base percentage (ninth) ... In neutral site games batted a team-best .481 (13-for-27) with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, three doubles and five runs ... Drew multiple walks four times with a season-high three against Rutgers (Mar. 12) and Delaware State (May 15) ... Against nationally-ranked opponents batted .238 (10-for-42) with six RBI and two runs scored in 13 games ... 2011 Summer: Played for the Morehead City Marlins of the Coastal Plain League (CPL) ... Teammates with Shawn Armstrong, Chase McDonald and Dario Santangelo ... Started 35 games batting .270 (40-for-148) with one home run, nine doubles, 15 RBI, 26 runs.
2010: Led the team with a .377 average, while also topping the squad in hits (86), runs (61), triples (3), RBI (54) and total bases (132) on his way to second team All C-USA honors ... Started all 58 games played (2/2B, 46/3B, 10/SS) ... Named C-USA Hitter-of-the-Week (Mar. 1) and CollegeBaseball360.com Primetime Performer after leading ECU to a series victory over No. 10 South Carolina, its first in school history ... Batted .438 (7-for-16) during the Pirates 3-1 week with six RBI ... Drove in at least one run in all four games and had five on the weekend against the Gamecocks ... Became the fifth Pirate since 1999 to hit for the cycle with his 4-for-5 effort against Marshall (Apr. 30) ... Belted eight homers on the year ranking fifth on the team ...Seven of eight round trippers were in league play (Tulane/twice, Marshall/twice, Southern Miss, Houston/twice) ... Led the team with 28 multi-hit games, while ranking second with 15 multi-RBI contests ... Collected three four-hit games (Tulane, Houston/twice) ... Twelve of 28 multi-hit games were in league play ... Drove in four runs against No 23 Rice (Apr. 25) and Houston (May 22) ... Career-long 11 game hit streak from Mar. 13-28 where he collected 21 hits during that span ... Also added a seven-game and six-game streak ... Sixteen multi-run games with a career-high four runs against NCCU (3/26) and Memphis (4/10) ... Lone stolen bases was against Marshall (5/1) ... Collected five game-winning RBI (S.C., Illinois, NCCU, Campbell and UAB) ... Ranked among the league leaders (all games) in runs, (t-6th/61), average (t-7th/.377), total bases (t-9th/132) and hits (10th/86) ... In C-USA action also were among the leaders in hits (5th/41), total bases (6th/67), home runs (t-6th/7), at-bats (8th/103), average (9th/.398) and RBI (9th/27) ... Registered 61 hits against right-handers (.409) and 25 versus lefties (.316) ... Six of eight home runs were with runners on base, four with runners in scoring position and two with runners on and two-outs ... Led the team with a .478 average when leading off an inning and batted .436 with runners on base (20-for-45) ... Batted over .400 in the second (.455), fifth (.471), seventh (.406) and ninth (.444) frames ... Started all three post-season contests hitting .364 (4-for-11) with a pair of doubles and two runs scored ... Enjoyed greater success at Clark-LeClair Stadium batting .407 (57-for-104) than on the road .325 (25-for- 77) ... Seven of eight home runs were at home ... Experienced slightly greater success during day games (.384/53-for-138) than night contests (.367/33-for-90) ... Against nationally-ranked opponents batted .275 (11-for-40) with two home runs, 10 RBI and six runs scored in 11 games.
2009: Played in 17 games as a true freshman in a reserve role ... Batted .467 (7-for-15) with a home run, three RBI, two doubles and six runs scored ... Experienced first collegiate action against Monmouth (2/20) as a defensive replacement ... First collegiate hit was against UNC Asheville (3/11) where he was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored ... Smacked first career home run against South Carolina (5/30) in Game 3 of the Greenville Regional in a pinch-hit at-bat accounting for both Pirate runs ... Played in four post-season games where he batted .500 (2-for-4) with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored ... Registered six hits against right-handers (.462) and one versus lefties (.500) ... Batted .267 (2-for-7) as a pinch-hitter with a home run, double and two RBI ... When leading off an inning, batted 1.000 (2-for-2) and collected three base knocks when stepping into the batter's box with the bases empty (.600) ... Experienced greater success inside Clark-LeClair Stadium (.556/5-for-9) than on the road (.400/2-for-5) ... Against nationally-ranked opponents batted .500 with a home run and two RBI ... 2009 Summer: Played for the Sanford Mainers of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) ... Ranked fourth on the team with a .330 (30-for-91) batting average ... Roped seven doubles, drove in one and scored eight runs ... Swiped 2 of 3 bases and posted a .920 fielding percentage recording 51 assists, while committing seven errors in 88 chances.
Apex High School: Four-year letter winner for Head Coach Mike Valder ... Batted .538 with 15 home runs, 36 RBI while striking out six times as a senior ... Three-time Tri-8 All-Conference selection ... Named the Cougars team MVP (three times) and Most Outstanding Player (twice) ... Earned first-team all-state honors, while taking home All Southeast Region and Bobby Murray Tournament MVP honors ... During junior campaign led the team with a .471 average with six home runs, six doubles and 30 RBI's ... Drew 12 walks while striking out only twice ... As a sophomore batted .404 with four home, nine doubles and 20 RBI ... Lettered as a freshman while starting at third base batting .300 ... Earned an invitation to the 2007 State Games of North Carolina and was chosen by USA Baseball to play in USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars in Cary, N.C. ... Received an invitation to the USA Youth National Baseball Trials ... Selected as one of Impact Baseball's "Top 50 North Carolina Seniors" coming in at No. 14 ... Played for Head Coach Ricky Keith's Carolina Cubs baseball team where he batted .425 with three home runs during the summer ... Personal: Full name is William Corey Thompson ... Born January 30, 1990 in Greenville, N.C. ... Son of Scott and Angie Thompson ... Has one sibling (Madison) ... Majoring in business management ... Named to the Fall 2008 ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll.
CAREER HIGHS - at-bats: 6 (seven times, last vs. Tulane 5/26/11); runs: 4 (four times, last vs. Wake Forest 5/11/11); hits: 4 (four times, last vs. UNCW 4/19/11); RBI: 4 (four times, last vs. Wake Forest 5/11/11); home runs: 1 (15 times, last vs. St. John's 6/5/11); stolen bases: 1 (four times, last vs. navy 6/4/11).