March 15, 2014
|Tulane at East Carolina
Mar. 15, 2014 | 1 p.m. (ET)
RADIO: WNCT 1070 AM
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Saturday, Mar. 15 has been designated at Military Appreciation Day ... Any veteran, active service member and their families will receive $2 admission for the 2 p.m. (ET) contest ... There will also be an American Flag giveaway.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
East Carolina enters the C-USA weekend series with Tulane having lost four of its last five games, including three-straight ... The Pirates have won eight of the last 15 meetings between the two schools on the diamond having split the last six dating back to Apr. 29, 2012.
In a series that spans nine years (2003), ECU has never claimed a home series win over Tulane, but has won last two in New Orleans (2011, 2013) ... The Pirates dropped their opening C-USA series last weekend to Marshall at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium and currently owns a 1-2 record.
After starting the season with six-straight wins, Tulane comes to Greenville having dropped three-straight contests and six of its last nine ... The Green Wave is tied for second in the league standings after taking a weekend series at Louisiana Tech in February (21-23).
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.
Friday: Tulane 7, East Carolina 2 (Final)
Saturday (Game 1): RHP Randy LeBlanc (2-1, 2.82 ERA) vs. LHP Reid Love (1-1, 1.17 ERA)
Saturday: (Game 2) RHP J.P. France (1-1, 4.58 ERA) vs. RHP Brett Mabry (1-0, 1.12 ERA)
STARTING PITCHER NOTES (prior to start of series)
Hoffman Notes: Named preseason All American by BA, CB and PG ... Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List ... Preseason First-Team All C-USA by league coaches and PG ... Preseason C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Year by BA, CB and PG ... No decision vs. JMU in season opener ... Allowing 4 Rs (3 ERs) on 4 Hs with 6 Ks and 2 BBs ... Suffered loss at No. 1 UVA allowing 3 Rs (2 ERs) on 5 Hs with 3 BBs and 6 Ks ... Earned Louisville Slugger National Player-of-the-Week and C-USA Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week following his 14-strikeout performance against Western Kentucky in the LeClair Classic, where he didn't factor into the decision ... Got loss in C-USA opener against Marshall giving up 3 Rs (all earned) on 2 Hs with 7 BBs and 6 Ks ... Recorded quality starts in 3-of-4 outings pushing career total to 20 ... Punched out 32 batters while walking 13 in 24.2 innings in 2014.
Love Notes Suffered loss in first ECU start at No. 1 UVA surrendering 3 Rs (2 ERs) on 5 Hs with 3 BBs and 4 Ks ... Made ECU debut on the mound against JMU working 1.2 perfect relief frames ... Tossed 4.1 IP against Pittsburgh in LeClair Classic allowing 2 Rs (unearned) on 1 H with 4 BBs and 3 Ks ... Notched first ECU win against Marshall working season-high 5.1 scoreless frames with 5 Ks ... A two-way threat for ECU that has seen action as a DH and in the OF ... Two-year starter at St. Johns River State College alongside current Pirate Ian Townsend ... Posted an 8-2 record with 47 Ks to just 10 BBs in 62.2 IP as a sophomore ... Ranked third nationally with a 0.86 ERA.
Mabry Notes Will make his first start of the season (third career) ... Leads pitching staff with 1.12 ERA ... Appeared in 5 games out of the pen ... Notched win vs. Pittsburgh in LeClair Classic ... Allowed 4 Rs (2 ERs) on 10 Hs ... Tossed season-high 5.0 innings twice (JMU, MAR) ... Fanned 8, while walking 2 ... Led club with 2.35 ERA in 2013 appearing in 19 games (two starts) with a 4-3 record and one save.
OTHER PIRATES TO WATCH
RHP Ryan Williams is the national co-leader in victories with four entering this weekends action ... The senior from Morgan Hill, Calif. picked up a pair of wins in the season opening series against James Madison as well as two in the LeClair Classic (Western Kentucky and Ohio State) ... In 10 outings, he sports a 1.23 ERA allowing six runs (four earned) on 22 hits in 29.1 innings ... Williams has a 12-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio and is holding opposing batters to a .208 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 five relief appearances, he sports a 1-0 record with a 1.80 ERA allowing two runs (earned) on five hits with seven strikeouts.
Senior Zach Houchins currently leads the team with a .348 batting average and is riding a six-game hitting streak ... Against UNC Greensboro he collected his fifth career game-winning RBI with a double in the 10th inning that scored Kirk Morgan ... Houchins is the team leader in stolen bases (four), doubles (five) and runs (11).
Junior Ian Townsend, who has missed the last two games with flu-like symptoms, leads the club with 10 RBI posting three in his Pirate debut 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 ... In the LeClair Classic, Townsend recorded a pair of game-winning RBI against Pittsburgh (sac fly) and Ohio State (RBI double).
Sophomore Travis Watkins, who has been plagued with a nagging injury, was named to the official Johnny Bench Award Watch List earlier this week ... The Concord, N.C. native, who is on the initial list for the second-straight season, is batting .360 with five RBI in nine games (catcher, designated hitter).
ECU Head Coach Billy Godwin is in his 15th career as a college head coach, where he owns a career record of 554-283-1 ... At ECU he is 292-198-1 in nine seasons ... His 292 wins trails only ECU Hall of Famer Dr. Gary Overton, who amassed 427 wins in 13 years (1985-1997) as the Pirates' skipper.