Baseball Game 25: William & Mary at East Carolina
March 26, 2013
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
ODDS AND ENDS
ECU enters this week ranked second in C-USA with a .279 batting average, while the team's ERA of 5.12 ranks dead last.
Through 24 games this season, the Pirates have allowed 149 free bases to opponents (111 walks, 38 hit batters), which leads Conference USA ... ECU has been outscored 136 to 129 by its opponents.
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.
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
Hoffman Notes: Suffered second-straight loss (third overall) at No. 28 Houston (Mar. 22) surrendering a season-high seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits with a strikeout and two walks ... Second loss of the year came at Jacksonville (Mar. 15) after going head-to-head with Chris Anderson ... Allowed three runs (all earned) on seven hits with five walks and five strikeouts ... Recorded a no-decision against Monmouth (Mar. 8) after working eight full innings where he allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts ... Posted second win of the season against St. John's (Mar.1) going seven full frames allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts ... Notched win against Illinois (Feb. 21) where he allowed just one run (earned) on six hits in 6.2 innings ... Fanned a season-high nine batters and recorded at least one punch out in four of six full frames including the side in the sixth ... Seven of his nine strikeouts were of the swinging kind including four in a row - all three in sixth and first batter of the seventh ... At one point, he retired nine straight Illinois batters before giving up a single in the sixth with two outs ... Suffered loss on opening day to No. 25 Virginia giving up four runs (all earned) on four hits with four walks and seven punch outs ... Has recorded four quality starts on the season.
Dylan Brown batted a team-best .500 over the weekend at No. 28 Houston, which included a pair of home runs - his first with ECU ... Currently he is batting .275 (22-for-80) with a team-best nine extra base hits (5 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs) ... He also leads the team with 15 runs scores, while ranking third with 11 RBI.
Freshman Travis Watkins has started 17 of 20 games behind the plate this season and is batting .302 (16-for-53) ... He is tied for third on the club with 11 RBI and has produced four multi-hit games.
ECU Head Coach Billy Godwin owns a career record of 526-260-1 in 14 season as a skipper ... At ECU he is 264-175-1 ... 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.