Baseball Games 22-24: East Carolina at Houston (C-USA Opener)
March 22, 2013
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
ODDS AND ENDS
Through 21 games this season, the Pirates have allowed 140 free bases to opponents (95 walks, 35 hit batters), which leads Conference USA ... ECU is also even on the runs scored and runs allowed stat line having scored 120 times this year, but surrendering 120 runs - a 5.7 per game average.
Redshirt freshman David Lucroy earned his first 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.
Entering this weekend's action, the Pirates have won four-straight weekend series after taking 2 of 3 games on the road at Jacksonville ... ECU has the fifth highest RPI in the league (109/BoydsWorld and 109/WarrenNolan) ... Houston leads the league with a 46 RPI rating by both Boyds World and Warren Nolan.
Reynolds notched his sixth save of the season and 16th of his career against the Dolphins last Sunday ... His 16 career saves moves him into a tie for third place on the school's all-time list with former All-American Greg Bunn (2002-04).
Nine first year players have seen action on the diamond this season through 21 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.
PIRATES TO WATCH
Williams Notes: Won four-straight decisions ... Picked up fourth win at Jacksonville (Mar. 16) allowing 6 Rs (all earned) on 13 hits w/5 Ks ... Bullpen appearance at Campbell (Mar. 13) allowing a run in one-third of an inning ... Third consecutive win vs. Monmouth (Mar. 9) allowing 6 Rs (5 ERs) on 11 hits with 3 Ks in 7.1 IP ... Got second-straight victory on the mound vs. St. John's (Mar. 2) allowing a run (earned) on 7 Hs w/1 K in 8.0 IP ... Notched first win of ECU career against Boston College (Feb. 23) allowing 1 R (unearned) on 6 Hs w/5 Ks ... Has three quality starts.
Lucroy Notes: Picked up win at Jacksonville allowing 3 Rs on 7 Hs w/& Ks in 6.0 IP ....Two-hit CG SHO vs. Monmouth (Mar. 10) with a season-high 12 Ks and earned C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week honors ... Picked up first collegiate win against St. John's (Mar. 3) fanning 9 in 6.1 IP ... Allowed 2 Rs (both earned) on 2 Hs w/ 3 BBs ... Five scoreless IP in his first collegiate start vs. NMSU (Feb. 25) allowing 3 Hs w/ 3 BBs and 3 Ks... Collegiate debut vs. No. 25 UVA ... Has three quality starts.
Cannon has had a power surge lately for the Pirates belting a pair of home runs in the last six games (at Campbell and at UNCW) ... Currently he leads the club with three homers, while ranking second in batting average (20-for-66), tied for second in runs (11) and third in hits (20).
Reinheimer, who had an impressive weekend at Jacksonville going 7-for-14 (.500) with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, has struggled in his last three outings going hitless in his last 12 at-bats ... However, he still leads the team in average (.338), hits (27) and multi-hit contests (8).
Freshman Luke Lowery is batting .414 (12-for-29) with a pair of home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored ... He owns a .690 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .455 ... At Jacksonville, he hit home runs in consecutive games (Saturday and Sunday) with his first round trippers coming in the Pirates seven-run sixth inning (2-run shot) ... On Sunday he was credited with the game-winning RBI on a solo home run in the fourth frame.
After starting the season 0-3, the Pirates have won 11 of its last 18 games, which include three wins in the 10th Annual Keith LeClair Classic, a series sweep of St. John's, a series win against Monmouth and at Jacksonville ... ECU Head Coach Billy Godwin improved his career coaching record to 526-257-1 and his Pirate record to 264-172-1 ... His 264 wins trails only ECU Hall of Famer Dr. Gary Overton, who amassed 427 wins in 13 years (1985-1997) as the Pirates' skipper.