Feb. 18, 2013
East Carolina Pirates (0-2)
Preseason National Rankings: No. 37 (Collegiate Baseball); Receiving Votes (NCBWA)
Current Streak: L-2
Last Week: 0-2
Feb. 15 - Loss vs. No. 25 Virginia, 14-4
Feb. 16 - Loss vs. No. 25 Virginia, 13-9
Feb. 17 - Cancelled
Home vs. Campbell (Feb. 19 at 3 p.m.)
Home vs. Illinois (Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.) - 10th Annual LeClair Classic
Home vs. New Mexico State (Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.) - 10th Annual LeClair Classic
Home vs. Boston College (Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.) - 10th Annual LeClair Classic
*Teams in the event: Boston College, East Carolina, Illinois, New Mexico State and Ohio
Bryan Bass, Senior, 2B
Bass batted a team-best .571 (4-for-7) with two RBI, two runs scored and a pair of walks during ECU's opening weekend against No. 25 Virginia ... The senior second baseman recorded a pair of starts on the weekend recording four putouts and six assists ... In the season opener, he was 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored singling to left field in the sixth inning ... On Saturday, he collected his seventh career multi-hit game going 3-for-4 with two RBI ... He reached base four times and added a walk and a run scored to go along with his three base knocks ... After walking in the second, Bass collected singles in the fourth, eighth and ninth frames ... His two-out single in the ninth was a base hit to left center that scored Nick Thompson and Chase McDonald ... After two games of the 2013 season, he currently leads the team with a .667 on-base percentage while ranking third with a .571 slugging percentage.
Ryan Williams, Junior, RHP
Williams was solid in his Pirate debut against nationally-ranked Virginia working six innings where he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits with a pair of strikeouts and three walks in his first start ... Through five innings he did not allow a run facing no more than four batters in a frame and retired the side in order in the first and fifth frames ... In the sixth he allowed a pair of runs (one earned) on two hits, a walk and a Pirate error ... He trotted out to the mound in the seventh, but lasted just two batters after allowing a single and a double to start the stanza ... Both of his punch outs were swinging to start the first and second innings.
Junior Chase McDonald extended his current hitting streak to 11 games over the weekend recording a pair of his in both contests, which also extended his streak to six-straight games with multiple hits ... He finished the series batting .500 (4-for-8) with three RBI, a walk and two runs scored ... In game one he had an RBI double down the left field line in the fifth inning that scored Drew Reynolds ... On Saturday he followed with a two RBI double during the Pirates' five run ninth inning ... McDonald recorded 18 putouts in both of his starts at first base.
Junior Jack Reinheimer belted his third career home run and second career round tripper on opening day ... Reinheimer, who extended his current starting streak to 113 games, batted .444 (4-for-9) on the weekend ... He drove in a pair of runs and scored twice ... Extended current streak of games reached base safely to 23 ... Posted his 37th and 38th career multi-hit games against Virginia.
A pair of freshmen recorded starts during the opening weekend against Virginia ... Catcher Travis Watkins started both games behind the plate batting .286 (2-for-7) with a pair of RBI ... In his collegiate debut on Friday, he drove in a run in the sixth inning and followed that with a two-hit performance (both singles) and another RBI ... Watkins recorded his first collegiate hit in the second inning of Saturday's contest, an RBI single through the left side that scored Nick Thompson ... Outfielder Garrett Brooks started both contests in centerfield for the Pirates batting .111 (10for-9) with a run scored and a walk ... He recorded his first collegiate hit on Friday afternoon in the third frame with a single to right field.
Junior RHP Brett Mabry made his Pirate debut during the season opener on Friday working two scoreless frames in relief with one strikeout.
Sophomore Jeff Hoffman got the opening day start against UVA working 4.2 innings where he allowed four runs (all earned) on four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts ... The right-hander posted strikeouts in all five innings including two a pair in the third and fourth innings ... He allowed just two hits over the final 3.2 innings, but allowed three walks and hit two batters ... In the fourth Hoffman got out of an one-out bases loaded jam striking out Brandon Downes (looking) and Joe McCarthy (swinging) ... The seven-strikeout performance marked the fourth time in his career he fanned at least seven in a game - fanned a career-best 10 against Elon on April 10, 2012.
Along with Brooks, Mabry, Watkins and Williams, five other players made their Pirate debuts over the weekend (OF Dylan Brown, 3B Zach Houchins, C Luke Lowery, RHP David Lucroy and RHP Hayden White).