Baseball Game 4: Illinois at East Carolina (Feb. 21 at 5 P.M.)
Feb. 20, 2013
KEITH LeCLAIR CLASSIC
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
ECU was picked third in the 2013 Conference USA preseason poll after going 13-10-1 in league play a season ago, finishing in sixth.
Stepping onto the diamond are 12 new faces, which consists of junior college transfers Dylan Brown (Gulf Coast Community), Zach Houchins (Louisburg) and Ryan Williams (West Valley College), as well as nine true freshmen: Garrett Brooks, Joe Brooks, NIck Durazo, Luke Lowery, Kyle Majette, Andrew Schorr, Justin Taylor, Travis Watkins and Hayden White.
PIRATES TO WATCH
Williams Notes:Made ECU debut on Feb. 16 against No. 25 Virginia working six innings, where he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts ... Junior College transfer from West Valley College ... Two-time All-Golden Gate Conference selection ... Helped the Vikings to a 41-32 two-year record ... Posted an 8-4 record with a 2.20 ERA and three complete games ... Worked 98.1 innings striking out 64 and walking just nine ... Golden Glove winner.
Lucroy Notes:Made collegiate debut against No. 25 Virginia coming out of the bullpen to face one batter ... Redshirted during initial year of the program ... Played for the Morehead City Marlins of the Coastal Plain League in the summer of 2012 ... Posted a 2-1 record with a 2.16 ERA ... Appeared in five games making four starts ... Allowed 10 runs (six earned) on 17 hits ... Struck out 24 while walking 12 in 25.0 innings ... Selected in the 29th round (pick 881) of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Amateur Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers ... Named 2010 Honorable Mention All-America by Perfect Game ... Brother Jonathan is the starting catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers and was named to the 2013 USA World Baseball Classic Roster.
Junior Jack Reinheimer leads the Pirates with a .571 (8-for-14) average while slugging .786... Recorded multiple hits in all three games thus far including a four-hit performance against Campbell (Feb. 19) ... Belted his third career home run and second career round tripper on opening day against No. 25 Virginia ... Started 114 consecutive games at shortstop ... Extended current streak of games reached base to 23.
Junior Drew Reynolds (5-for-12) and senior Bryan Bass (5-for-12) are tied for second on the team with a .471 batting average ... Heading into the season, Reynolds picked up preseason Second-Team CollegeBaseballInsider.com Louisville Slugger All-American, First-Team All Conference USA (by league coaches) and NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Watch List honors ... He as two multi-hit games on the young season as the Pirates designated hitter ... On the mound, Reynolds struggled against No. 25 Virginia working 1.1 innings allowing five runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks ... Bass, one of four senior captains, has started all three games at second base recording nine putouts and eight assists ... He has a pair of multi-hit games with three RBI and has scored a pair of runs.
A pair of freshmen recorded starts during the opening weekend against Virginia ... Catcher Travis Watkins has made three starts behind the plate where he is batting .400 (4-for-10) with two multi-hit games, two RBI and one run scored ... Outfielder Garrett Brooks started both contests in centerfield for the Pirates during the opening weekend ... Currently he is batting .111 (1-for-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.
Along with Brooks, Watkins and Williams, six other players made their Pirate debuts over the weekend (OF Dylan Brown, 3B Zach Houchins, C Luke Lowery, RHP David Lucroy, RHP Brett Mabry and RHP Hayden White).