Baseball Closes Out Season Against Southern Miss
May 22, 2013
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GAME
NCAA REGIONAL BID ON THE LINE
SIX PIRATES EARN ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORS
ODDS AND ENDS
The Pirates lead the league in total bases (710) and at-bats (1851), while ranking second in average (.276), slugging percentage (.384), hits (510) and home runs (33) ... ECU also ranked fourth in runs (274) and RBI (249) ... On the flipside, ECU ranks towards the bottom of the league in ERA (3.98/7th), strikeouts (364/7th), runs allowed (260/7th) and opposing batting average (.263/7th).
At the close of the regular season, the Pirates allowed 302 free bases to opponents (215 walks, 87 hit batters), which leads C-USA ... ECU has outscored its opponents 274-260.
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.
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).
PIRATES EARN PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK HONORS
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 punch-outs and two walks.
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.
PIRATES TO WATCH
Hoffman Notes: Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List (May 2) ... Leads staff with 11 quality starts ... 13th pitcher in C-USA history to work 9-plus innings in a game (9.2 at Tulane/Apr. 12) ... Picked league wins vs. UAB, USM, MAR ... Suffered C-USA losses vs. Houston, Rice, Memphis and UCF ... No decision at Tulane ... Worked into the seventh inning in 12 of 14 starts (eighth inning eight times) ... Ranks among league leaders in IP (104.1/2nd) and strikeouts (81/t8th) ...Allowed three or fewer runs in 11 starts ... Fanned five or more batters 11 times with a season-high nine against Illinois and Rice ... Named C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week (4/1) after tossing complete game, one-hit shutout against NCCU (3/29) ... Other wins Illinois, St. John's and NCCU.
Lucroy Notes: Started 13 of 14 games ... Leads the team and ranks among the C-USA leaders in fewest hits (2nd/46), opp. BA (.190/2nd), fewest runs (28/t4th), ER runs (21/5th), and ERA (2.70/10th) ... Recorded first C-USA win at UAB (4/20) giving up one run in 6.1 IP with six strikeouts ... Allowed two runs against Rice in seven innings ... Posted wins against St. John's (3/3), Monmouth (3/10) and Jacksonville (3/17) ... Named C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week (3/11) 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 ... Struck out 11 at Marshall (5/11) in 5.2 innings ... Fanned five or more batters nine times ... Has seven quality starts on the season.
Williams Notes: Tied with Hoffman for the team lead in wins (six), while ranking second in fewest walks (16) and 11th in C-USA ... Appeared in 16 games making 14 starts ... Picked up wins in relief at Elon (3/27) and at Gardner-Webb (4/30) ... Worked at least six full innings in eight starts ... Allowed three or fewer runs in seven starts ... Fanned five or more four times with a season-high seven at Elon in relief ... Picked up additional wins against Boston College (2/22), St. John's (3/2), Monmouth (3/9) and at Jacksonville (3/16) ... Suffered losses at Houston (3/23) and NC State (4/2) ... Bullpen work at Campbell (3/13) along with Elon and Gardner-Webb ... First win of ECU career vs. BC in the Keith LeClair Classic where he allowed a run with five strikeouts ... Has five quality starts.
ECU Head Coach Billy Godwin owns a career record of 545-271-1 in 14 seasons as a skipper ... At ECU he is 283-186-1 ... His 283 wins trails only ECU Hall of Famer Dr. Gary Overton, who amassed 427 wins in 13 years (1985-1997) as the Pirates' skipper.