|East Carolina at N.C. Central
Mar. 30, 2013 | 3 p.m. (ET)
RADIO: WNCT 1070 AM
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
The Pirates snapped their six-game losing streak at Elon (11-4) Wednesday night and will look to pick up its second-straight victory when they host N.C. Central Friday (Mar. 29) ... ECU has posted a 3-7 record in its last 10 contests picking up wins at Jacksonville (two) and at Elon ... They dropped midweek matchups against UNC Wilmington, High Point and William & Mary, while also starting the C-USA season being swept at Houston ... NCCU enters the contest on a nine-game winning streak and owns an 18-9 overall record ... During their run, the Eagles have picked up wins over Savannah State (two), Coppin State (two), Florida A&M (three) and Longwood (two).
ODDS AND ENDS
ECU belted a season-high four home runs in its 11-4 win at Elon ... Junior Chase McDonald smacked a pair of homers (both solo), while Bryan Bass hit his first career round tripper and Jay Cannon smoked his third of the season ... Bass reached base five times against the Phoenix (HR, 3 BBs, and 2 errors) ... Junior Jack Reinheimer drew three walks and recorded a hit in the leadoff spot for the Pirates ... With a 3-for-5 performance against Elon, Cannon extended his streak of reaching base safely to 15 games, which started on Mar. 5 ... Junior Drew Reynolds ranks 20th nationally in saves, while leading the club and C-USA with six saves (6-for-7 in save opportunities) ... 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).
ECU enters this week ranked second in C-USA with a .278 batting average, while the team's ERA of 5.19 ranks dead last.
Through 26 games this season, the Pirates have allowed 160 free bases to opponents (119 walks, 41 hit batters), which leads Conference USA ... ECU has been outscored 150 to 144 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.
ECU holds a 3-0 series advantage over NCCU sweeping a three-game home series at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium ... During the sweep, the Pirates outscored the Eagles 65-7.
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.
Lucroy Notes: Appeared in six games making five starts ... Leads the team and ranks among the C-USA leaders in opposing batting average (.167/2nd), fewest ER runs (7/t5th), ERA (1.89/8th) and strikeouts (39/8th) ... Recorded wins against St. John's, Monmouth and Jacksonville ... Allowed just seven runs on 18 hits in 33.1 innings ... Named C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week (Mar. 11) after tossing a two-hit complete game shutout with a career-best 12 strikeouts against Monmouth ... Picked up first collegiate win against St. John's (Mar. 3) fanning 9 in 6.1 IP ... Allowed two runs (both earned) on two hit with three walks ... Five scoreless IP in his first collegiate start vs. NMSU (Feb. 25) allowing three hits with three walks and three strikeouts ... Collegiate debut vs. No. 25 UVA ... Has four quality starts on the season.
ECU Head Coach Billy Godwin owns a career record of 528-261-1 in 14 season as a skipper ... At ECU he is 266-176-1 ... His 266 wins trails only ECU Hall of Famer Dr. Gary Overton, who amassed 427 wins in 13 years (1985-1997) as the Pirates' skipper.