March 4, 2014
|East Carolina at UNC Greensboro
Mar. 5, 2014 | 4 p.m. (EST)
RADIO: WNCT 1070 AM
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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
East Carolina is coming off a sweep of the 11th Annual Keith LeClair Classic (Tournament Central) defeating Western Kentucky (2-1/10 inn.), Pittsburgh (4-2) and Ohio State (3-2) ... With the sweep, the Pirates have won three-straight games pushing their season record to 6-5.
ECU will see a familiar face across the field when they take on UNCG ... Former Pirate hitting coach/recruiting coordinator Link Jarrett is in his second season as the Spartans head coach where he has compiled a 29-36 overall record ... Jarrett spent four years wearing the Purple and Gold helping ECU to three NCAA Regional appearances (2007-09) and one Super Regional (2009).
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.
Wednesday: RHP Tyler Bolton (0-1, 1.80 ERA) vs. RHP Dylan Thompson (0-0, 2.57 ERA)
PIRATES TO WATCH
Bolton Notes: Started a pair of games posting an 0-1 record with a 1.80 ERA ... Worked 10.0 innings allowing 3 Rs (2 ERs) on 9 Hs with 6 BBs and 6 Ks ... Suffered loss at VCU despite going 6.0 innings where he surrendered one run (earned) on 5 Hs with 5 Ks, 5 BBs ... Got the Sunday start against James Madison the opening weekend ... Worked 4.0 innings allowing 2 Rs (1 ER) on 4 Hs with a BB and K ... 2013: Appeared in a career-best 10 games making 2 starts ... Stuck out 10 while walking 6 in 14.2 innings ... Allowed 13 runs (12 ER) on 24 hits ... First career start vs. UNCW working career-best 4.0 innings allowing 4 runs (3 ER) with 2 Ks ... Coastal Plain League All-Star starter ... First-Team Post-Season All-Star after posting 5-0 record with 0.87 ERA (2nd in CPL) ... Fanned 49 while walking just 15 in 52.0 innings ... Listed as the top CPL prospect after the 2014 summer by Perfect Game ... Tabbed top-15 prospect in Conference USA by Perfect Game (No. 9) and Baseball America (No. 14).
RHP Ryan Williams is the national co-leader in victories with four entering this weeks action ... The senior from Morgan Hill, Calif. picked up a pair of wins in the LeClair Classic (Western Kentucky and Ohio State) over the weekend ... In six outings, he sports an 0.96 ERA allowing three runs (two earned) on 13 hits in 18.2 innings ... Williams has a 15-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio and is holding opposing batters to a .188 composite average.
Senior Drew Reynolds became ECU's all-time saver leader of the weekend picking up a pair of saves at the 11th Annual Keith LeClair Classic ... Entering the 2014 season, Reynolds had 24 saves ranking second behind former Pirate closer Seth Simmons (2008-11), who has 26 ... On the season he has successfully converted on all three save opportunities pushing his career total to 27 ... In four relief appearances, he sports a 2.25 ERA allowing one run (earned) on three hits with six strikeouts.
Senior Zach Houchins saw his 10-game hitting streak and reached base safely streak enters the week riding a 10-game hitting streak and his 25-game reached base safely streak snapped at VCU following an 0-for-4 performance at the plate ... On the young season he is batting .256 with a double, three RBI and six runs scored ... He is also the team leader in stolen bases with three.
Junior Ian Townsend leads the club with nine RBI posting three in his Pirate debut coming on a three-run homer against James Madison in the season opener ... He followed that contest with another RBI in the his second game and also drove in three runs in ECU's 8-3 win over instate foe Campbell ... Over the weekend he recorded a pair of game-winning RBI against Pittsburgh (sac fly) and Ohio State (RBI double).
ECU Head Coach Billy Godwin enters his 15th career as a college head coach, where he owns a career record of 552-278-1 ... At ECU he is 290-193-1 in nine seasons ... His 290 wins trails only ECU Hall of Famer Dr. Gary Overton, who amassed 427 wins in 13 years (1985-1997) as the Pirates' skipper.