Game Day Central: East Carolina and Campbell (Game 4)
Feb. 18, 2014
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
The Pirates enter this weeks action receiving votes in three polls (NCBWA, Perfect Game and USAToday/ESPN Coaches poll).
ECU returns 18 letterwinners including Second-Team Louisville Slugger All-American Drew Reynolds and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American David Lucroy. Joining Reynolds (first-team) and Lucroy (second-team/freshman team), who were also All-Conference USA performers in 2013, are Hoffman (second-team/'13), Zach Houchins (second-team/'13) and Travis Watkins (freshman team/'13).
Also stepping onto the diamond are 16 new faces, which consist of five junior college transfers in Hunter Allen (Brunswick CC), James Gray (South Florida State College), Reid Love (St. Johns River State College), Brandon Saunders (Pitt CC) and Ian Townsend (St. Johns River State College)
The Pirates also welcome to campus 11 true freshmen in Luke Bolka, Kirkpatrick, TJ McDonald, Bryce Harman, Evan Kruczynski, Kirk Morgan, Philip Perry, Cameron Snow, Eric Tyler, Jacob Wolfe and Charlie Yorgen.
PIRATES TO WATCH
Drew Reynolds has earned plenty of preseason praise heading into the 2014 opener ... Recently he was tabbed Conference USA Co-Player-of-the-Year by the leagues head coaches becoming just the third Pirate since 2002 (ECU's first year in C-USA) to garner preseason player-of-the-year honors following Darryl Lawhorn (2004) and Seth Maness (2009) ... The Pirates top utility player the last two seasons, Reynolds earned Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger Second-Team All-America and First-Team All-Conference USA honors a year ago after leading ECU with a .322 average and 68 hits, while ranking second with 13 doubles and fourth with 30 runs scored ... On the mound the Cherryville, N.C. native posted a 3-2 record with a 2.92 ERA and recorded a league and team-best 14 saves, which also ranked 14th nationally ... Expected to see time at second base and as the closer again in 2014, has garnered preseason All-America honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (first-team) and Collegiate Baseball (second-team), as well as first-team all-league accolades by Perfect Game ... Reynolds has recorded at least on hit in all three games this season and pushed his current streak of reaching base safely to eight games dating back to last season.
Junior college transfer Ian Townsend made his presence known in this first game with the Pirates belting a three-run homer in the ECU's 6-5 series opening win against James Madison ... The Brooksville, Fla. native leads the team with four RBI and six total bases, where is he batting .250 (3-for-12) with a pair of runs.
Senior Zach Houchins also recorded at least one base hit in all three games in the James Madison series ... Currently he is batting .308 (4-for-13) with an RBI, one run scored and two stolen bases.
ECU Head Coach Billy Godwin enters his 15th career as a college head coach, where he owns a career record of 548-274-1 ... At ECU he is 286-189-1 in nine seasons ... His 286 wins trails only ECU Hall of Famer Dr. Gary Overton, who amassed 427 wins in 13 years (1985-1997) as the Pirates' skipper.