Baseball Game 16: East Carolina at Campbell
March 12, 2013
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
ODDS AND ENDS
Redshirt freshman David Lucroy earned Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week honors after tossing a two-hit complete game shutout against Monmouth (Mar. 10) in the series clinching win ... The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 batters with nine going down swinging ... It was the first complete game shutout since Seth Maness' 4-0 win over Southern Miss in the 2011 Conference USA Championships.
After four weeks of baseball, the Pirates have an RPI of 121 in both BoydsWorld and WarrenNolan's calculations, which ranks fifth in C-USA ... Houston leads the league with a 12-4 record and an RPI 48 by both websites.
Junior Drew Reynolds leads C-USA and ranks sixth nationally with five saves heading into this weeks action ... The right-hander picked up a pair of saves last week against UNCG (Mar. 5) and Monmouth (Mar. 9) and pushed his career total to 15, which is tied for fourth on ECU's all-time saves list.
Nine first year players have seen action on the diamond this season through 11 games ... If you include players that redshirted during their first year in the Pirate program (2012 season), then 12 newcomers have stepped on the field during the regular season.
After an 0-3 start, the Pirates have moved up the C-USA leader board and are currently tied for second in the standings with a .643 winning percentage ... ECU was picked third in the 2013 Conference USA preseason poll (by league coaches) after going 13-10-1 in league play a season ago, finishing in sixth.
PIRATES TO WATCH
Among ECU starters, Reinheimer posted a team-best .429 (6-for-14) average during the Pirates 3-1 week ... With his double in the third inning against Monmouth on Sunday, he extended his current hitting streak to nine games ... He also led the team in hits (six), walks (four) and stolen bases (two) on the week ... Against UNCG he picked up his fifth multi-hit of the season going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, two runs and a sac bunt ... In the series opener against Monmouth, Reinheimer was 1-for-4 with a RBI, a walk and a stolen base ... His lone hit was an RBI bunt single to third base that scored Zach Houchins ... He followed that another two-hit performance (2-for-4) on the week, which was his team-leading sixth multi-hit game on Saturday ... Reinheimer drew a walk for the third-straight contest and swiped his second base of the weekend and season ... On the season he leads the team and C-USA with a .400 (20-for-50) average ... He has one home run, seven RBI, two doubles and nine runs scored.
Junior first baseman Chase McDonald led the Pirates with five RBI on the week where he also belted his first home run of the season ... He batted just .250 (4-for-16), but scored three runs and added a pair of walks in four games ... Drove in at least one run in 3 of 4 games including three against UNCG where he was 2-for-6 with an RBI single in the third and a two-RBI base hit in the eighth ... Homered to lead off the sixth inning in the series opening loss to Monmouth, his ninth career homer ... On the season he is batting .273 (15-for-55) with a home run, three doubles, five walks, 10 runs and a team-best 13 RBI.
Freshman catcher Luke Lowery batted .500 (3-for-6) in a pair of starts behind the plate ... Against UNCG he recorded his second multi-hit game of the year going 2-for-3 with an RBI, which came in the second inning ... Recorded third career start in Saturday's contest against Monmouth going 1-for-3 with a run scored ... Currently he is batting .538 (7-for-13) with a triple, two RBI, two walks and three runs scored.
Reynolds notched a pair of saves in three appearances on the week pushing his league total to five ... In three outings he fanned five, walked one and gave up four hits in 3.1 scoreless frames ... Against UNCG he worked a scoreless ninth allowing two hits with three strikeouts ... In the series opener against Monmouth, he allowed one hit in two-thirds of an inning and on Saturday picked up another save in 1.2 innings surrendering one hit with a walk and two punch outs ... On the year he owns a team-best 1.00 ERA where he has allowed five runs (one earned) on 11 hits with 11 strikeouts and five walks in 9.0 innings.
Senior Chris Gosik started a pair of games on the weeke (DH, LF) where he batted .375 (3-for-8) with a home run, two doubles and three RBI ... Against Monmouth on Saturday, he belted his first home run in nearly two seasons sending a three-run liner over the left field wall in the third inning ... He followed that with a pair of doubles in ECU's 4-0 win on Sunday where he also scored a run.
Dylan Brown posted a .385 (5-for-13) average in four starts last week ... The junior college transfer ranked second on the team in hits (five) and slugging (.625) ... He added a pair of RBI, scored four times and collected his second triple of the season in the series finale against Monmouth ... Currently he is batting .268 (11-for-41) with five extra base hits (3 doubles, 2 triples) with six RBI and nine runs scored ... Currently he ranks 37th nationally in triples and 54th in toughest players to strikeout.
After starting the season 0-3, the Pirates have won nine of its last 11 games, which include three wins in the 10th Annual Keith LeClair Classic, a series sweep of St. John's and a series win against Monmouth ... ECU Head Coach Billy Godwin improved his career coaching record to 524-252-1 and his Pirate record to 262-167-1 ... His 261 wins trails only ECU Hall of Famer Dr. Gary Overton, who amassed 427 wins in 13 years (1985-1997) as the Pirates' skipper.