April 9, 2014
|No. 25 NC State at East Carolina
Apr. 9, 2014 | 6 p.m. (ET)
RADIO: WNCT 1070 AM
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
ECU and NC State will be playing for the second time in week with the Wolfpack leading the season series 1-0 ... NC State took game one in Raleigh 3-2 before going on the road taking the series from No. 14 Clemson.
ECU enters the midweek contest having won 11 of its last 25 games, which included its first-ever series win at No. 12 Rice ... The Pirates scored two runs in the ninth inning of Friday's game to walk away with a 3-2 victory ... After dropping Saturday's contest 8-0, ECU bounced back and scored two runs in the top of the ninth Sunday to claim the series, 2-1.
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.
Wednesday: RHP Logan Jernigan (4-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. RHP Brett Mabry (2-0, 1.20 ERA)
STARTING PITCHER NOTES
Mabry Notes: Scheduled to make second start of the season (fourth career) against NC State ... Ranks third on the pitching staff with a 1.20 ERA ... Appeared in nine games out of the pen ... Notched wins against Pittsburgh (LeClair Classic) and Charlotte ... Allowed 10 runs (four earned) on 25 hits in 30.0 innings ... Tossed a season-high 5.1 innings at No. 12 Rice surrendering three runs (all unearned) on six hits with a strikeout ... Also worked 5.0 innings against James Madison and Marshall ... Fanned 11 while walking three ... In 2013, 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
Ryan Williams enters this weeks action as the NCAA leader in wins (9), 10th in ERA (0.84) and ranks among C-USA leaders in seven other pitching categories. In 18 appearances, Williams is 9-1 with three saves and has 40 strikeouts to just three walks ... The right-hander has allowed 8 runs (5 earned) on 41 hits and his holding opposing batters to a .212 composite average ... On March 15, he picked up both wins in the doubleheader sweep against Tulane marking the first Pirate since Gary Smith in 1987 to accomplish that feat (vs. Rider on March 24).
Senior RHP Drew Reynolds became ECU's all-time saves leader after picking up a pair of saves at the 11th Annual Keith LeClair Classic ... The Cherryville, N.C. native entered the 2014 season with 24 and is 4-for-5 in save opportunities this season ... After tying the mark, previously held by Seth Simmons (2008-11), against Pittsburgh on March 1 following a perfect ninth, Reynolds set the new standard of 27 in the LeClair Classic Championship against Ohio State allowing a run on three hits in one inning.
Senior Zach Houchins currently leads the team in hits (44), batting average (.336), doubles (seven) and stolen bases (five) ... Against UNC Greensboro he collected his fifth career game-winning RBI with a double in the 10th inning that scored Kirk Morgan.
Junior Jeff Hoffman picked up his second win of the season helping ECU to a 3-2 win over No. 12 Rice on Friday night, which set the tone for East Carolina's first-ever series win over the Owls ... He allowed one run (earned) on seven hits in eight innings of work ... The right-hander, who punched out seven Owls and walked one, recorded at least one strikeout in six of eight frames with two coming in the eighth stanza ... After allowing his lone run in the fifth, Hoffman retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced - four via strikeout - before turning the game over to Ryan Williams to start the ninth ... The outing marked the second time in his career that he tossed at least eight innings and struck out seven batters against the Owls in a start ... On the season, Hoffman is 2-3 with a 3.40 ERA in eight starts ... He has allowed 23 runs (20 earned) on 42 hits with 52 strikeouts in 53.0 innings, while holding opposing batters to a composite .216 batting average.
ECU Head Coach Billy Godwin is in his 15th career as a college head coach, where he owns a career record of 565-286-1 ... At ECU he is 303-201-1 in nine seasons ... He recorded his 300th career win at ECU in game two of the doubleheader against UMBC (6-0) ... His 303 wins trails only ECU Hall of Famer Dr. Gary Overton, who amassed 427 wins in 13 years (1985-1997) as the Pirates' skipper.