May 3, 2013
|Southern Miss at East Carolina
May 5, 2013 | 11 a.m. (ET)
RADIO: WNCT 1070 AM
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
The Pirates have won three straight C-USA series moving into fourth place in the league standings with an 8-7 record ... ECU has won 7 of its last 8; 8 of its last 10 and 9 of its last 12 games ... The Pirates completed their first sweep in league play last weekend winning at UAB, which included using a five run seventh for a come from behind victory ... Southern Miss enters this weekends series with the leagues best record at 12-5, holding a two-game lead over UCF and a two and a half game lead over Rice ... The Golden Eagles have won three-straight games and 13 of their last 15 ... A year ago Southern Miss swept the series in Hattiesburg, Miss. and have won 10 of the last 13 in the series ... ECU holds a slim 8-7 all-time record in Greenville.
ECU officials have tabbed Saturday, May 3 as Little League Day ... All Little Leaguers will receive free admission, while their parents and coaches will receive discounted tickets ... Prior to game two of the series, ECU Athletic Director Jeff Compher will throw out the first pitch ... Click here for more information.
ODDS AND ENDS
ECU has had a power surge of late at the dish hitting 25 home runs in its last 30 games with a season-high four at Elon ... Chase McDonald leads the club with six homers, while Zach Houchins (four), Jay Cannon (three), Dylan Brown (three), Ben Fultz (two) and Luke Lowery (three) also have multi-homers on the year ... Houchins leads the club with 19 extra base hits (4 HRs, 12 doubles, 2 triples), while Brown is second with 14 (3 HRs, 9 doubles, 2 triples) ... Drew Reynolds is currently riding a nine-game hitting streak heading into this weekends action ... During the streak, he is batting .486 (18-for-37) with five doubles, eight RBI, 10 runs scored and has six multi-hit game ... During the Memphis series he recorded nine hits and bolstered his average to .387 in league games only, which leads C-USA ... On the mound during this nine-game stretch, he has posted a 1-0 record with five saves ... Senior Bryan Bass has recorded a hit in 17 of his last 20 games, which included a season-high 10 game hit streak (snapped at UAB) ... He is tied with Reynolds with 14 multi-hit games on the season.
Heading into this weeks action, the Pirates rank third in Conference USA with a .271 batting average, while also ranking among the league leaders in hits (421/1st), total bases (579/1st), home runs (25/2nd), slugging percentage (.372/2nd) and RBI (203/3rd) ... On the flipside, ECU ranks towards the bottom of the league in ERA (4.13/7th), strikeouts (306/t6th), runs allowed (222/7th) and opposing batting average (.262/7th).
Through 45 games this season, the Pirates have allowed 240 free bases to opponents (172 walks, 78 hit batters), which leads Conference USA ... ECU has outscored its opponents 224-222.
Sophomore Jeff Hoffman was named to the midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List on May 2, which is given to the top amateur player ... He is one of 10 underclassmen and one of three C-USA pitchers on the list.
Junior Drew Reynolds became the third Pirate hurler to take home Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week honors with his selection on Apr. 15 ... He notched a pair of wins over the weekend helping ECU to a series win on the road at Tulane ... Reynolds, who improved to 3-1 on the season, earned his first victory Friday night in the Pirates' 3-2 win in 13 innings ... The right-hander tossed 3.1 perfect innings of relief, tying his career-high in strikeouts with six - the same number that starter Jeff Hoffman had in his 9.2 innings of work ... He picked up the series-clinching win Sunday, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings where he struck out two in ECU's 4-2 victory ... In two games on the weekend, he tallied 5.0 scoreless frames with eight punchouts and two walks ... On the season he owns a team-best 1.44 ERA in 16 appearances with six saves, 26 strikeouts, 12 walks and has allowed eight runs (four earned) on 17 hits in 25.0 innings pitched.
Travis Watkins was one of 15 catchers added to the official watch list for the 2013 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com and the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission on April 9 ... The Bench Award, which is given annually to the top division one collegiate catcher, is a rolling list that will be updated to include other candidate until May of 2013 ... Watkins, who is the lone freshman on the 62-player list, has started 31 of 38 games behind the plate and is ranks among the team leaders with a .277 average heading into its weekend series against Southern Miss ... A native of Concord, N.C., Watkins is the fifth catcher in program history to be named to the watch list following Jake Smith (2006 winner), Corey Kemp (2007-08 semifinalist), Jared Avchen (2010) and Zach Wright (2010-12).
Hoffman earned ECU's second Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week honor on Monday following his complete game, one-hit shutout against N.C. Central ... Hoffman struck out seven batters, walked three and hit a pair in his first career complete game ... He allowed just two runners to reach scoring position and retired 27 of 32 batters faces, including nine of the final 10 to pick up his third win of the season ... It was the Pirates' first one-hit complete game shutout since Ricky Brooks' gem against Charlotte back on March 26, 2006 ... This was Hoffman's second career weekly honor from C-USA following his 10-strikeout performance at Elon (Apr. 10, 2012) in eight shutout frames.
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 28 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.
Friday: East Carolina 6, Southern Miss 3 (Final)
Saturday: Southern Miss 10, East Carolina 9 (Final/11 inn.)
Sunday: Conor Fisk (RHP, 4-1, 2.08 ERA) vs. Ryan Williams (RHP, 6-2, 4.17 ERA)
PIRATES TO WATCH
Hoffman Notes: Named to midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List for the top amateur player in the country (May 2) ... Leads staff with eight quality starts ... Became the 13th pitcher in C-USA history to work 9-plus innings in a game when he tossed a career-best 9.2 innings at Tulane (Apr. 12) ... Saddled with loss against Memphis (Apr. 26) allowing five runs (four earned) on 12 hits with seven strikeouts in 8.1 innings ... Notched first league win at UAB (Apr. 19) allowing three runs (all earned) with seven strikeouts ... At Tulane allowed two runs (one earned) with six punchouts in a no-decision ... Struck out nine in 8.2 innings against No. 18 Rice (Apr. 5) ... Allowed three runs (all unearned) on eight hits in a 3-0 loss ... Named C-USA Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week (Apr. 1) after tossing complete game, one-hit shutout against N.C. Central (Mar. 29) ... Also posted wins against Illinois (Feb. 21), St. John's (Mar. 1) and NC Central ... Fanned a season-high nine batters twice (Rice, Monmouth).
Lucroy Notes: Started 10 of 11 games ... Leads the team and ranks among the C-USA leaders in opp. BA (.183/4th), fewest ER runs (14/t6th) and ERA (2.15/7th) ... Recorded first C-USA win at UAB (Apr. 20) giving up one run in 6.1 IP with six punchouts ... Allowed two runs against Rice in seven innings ... Posted wins against St. John's (Mar. 3), Monmouth (Mar.10) and Jacksonville (Mar. 17) ... 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 ... Five scoreless innings in first collegiate start vs. NMSU (Feb. 25) allowing three hits with three strikeouts ... Collegiate debut vs. No. 25 UVA ... Has seven quality starts on the season.
Williams Notes: Leads team with six wins and is tied for third in C-USA ... Appeared in 14 games (11 starts) ... Picked up wins in relief at Elon (Mar. 27) and at Gardner-Webb (Apr. 30) ... Also had wins against Boston College (Feb. 22), St. John's (Mar. 2), Monmouth (Mar. 9) and at Jacksonville (Mar. 16) ... Losses against at Houston (Mar. 23) and NC State (Apr. 2) ... Bullpen work at Campbell (Mar. 13) along with Elon ... First win of ECU career vs BC allowing a run with five strikeouts ... Has four quality starts.
ECU Head Coach Billy Godwin owns a career record of 539-268-1 in 14 season as a skipper ... At ECU he is 277-183-1 ... His 277 wins trails only ECU Hall of Famer Dr. Gary Overton, who amassed 427 wins in 13 years (1985-1997) as the Pirates' skipper.