May 11, 2012
|EAST CAROLINA PIRATES
||Win vs. Elon, 4-1 (5/8/12)
||Billy Godwin (Atlantic Christian, 1986)
||Career: 511-239-1 (13th season)
||ECU Record: 249-154-1 (7th season)
|SOUTHERN MISS GOLDEN EAGLES
||25-22 (9-9 C-USA)
||Loss at Tulane, 4-3 (5/6/12)
||Scott Berry (Southwest Missouri State, 1986)
||Career Record: 100-65 (3rd season)
||Record at School: Same
Week 12 Recap l Reynolds Named To Olerud Watch List
This weekend's series will mark the 11th between the two Conference USA foes with each team winning five apiece ... Southern Miss holds a slim 19-16 all-time record against East Carolina with the Pirates winning the last meeting at the 2011 Conference USA Championships, 4-0 on May 27th behind a complete-game performance from former Pirate hurler Seth Maness.
Friday: LHP Kevin Brandt (6-4, 2.06 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Pierce (6-3, 1.98 ERA)
Saturday: LHP Tyler Joyner (5-2, 2.68 ERA) vs. LHP Jake Drehoff (6-2, 3.12 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Jharel Cotton (8-0, 3.21 ERA) vs. LHP Mason Robbins (1-0, 3.12 ERA)
THINGS TO KNOW
With school over and finals in the rearview mirror, the Pirates will look to continue their winning ways traveling to Southern Miss for their final regular season Conference USA series of the season (May 11-13) ... ECU has won its last five games (all at home) and are coming off their eighth weekend series win and second series sweep against Marshall ... With the three wins, the Pirates closed out its home C-USA schedule with an impressive 9-2-1 ledger.
Senior Kevin Brandt will toe the rubber Friday night against the Golden Eagles where he is 0-2 all-time allowing nine runs (all earned) on 12 hits with nine walks and one strikeout in three games ... Brandt, who leads the team with 11 quality starts, is coming off an impressive performance against Marshall where he allowed one run (earned) on six hits in eight innings of work for his sixth win of the year.
Senior Tim Younger had his 26-game streak of reaching base halted against Elon following an 0-for-3 performance at the dish ... Currently he ranks first on the team with a .429 on-base percentage and is second on the team with a .323 (53-for-164) average ... Last week Younger collected three hits, drove in a run and scored a run.
Redshirt junior Philip Clark batted a team-best .571 (4-for-7) on the week with three RBI ... In Saturday's extra inning contest, Clark came off the bench to post a pair of hits and in the 10th inning drove in the game winning run on a bunt single down the third base line that scored Zach Wright ... Sunday, he posted his second multi-hit game of the weekend going 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs ... On the season he is batting .278 (40-for-144) two doubles, triple, 16 RBI and 11 runs ... He now has 10 multi-hit games, which ranks seventh on the team.
ECU's pitching staff posted a 2.57 ERA last week allowing 12 runs (eight earned) on 26 hits with 20 strikeouts ... On the season as a whole they sport a 2.99 ERA, which ranks third in C-USA and among the national leaders (top 30) ... In 49 games, ECU has allowed 194 runs (149 earned) with 341 strikeouts, 132 walks and are holding opposing hitters to a composite .249 average ... The bullpen has allowed 76 runs (52 earned) on 148 hits in 170.0 innings with a 2.70 ERA ... They have inherited 100 runners allowing 32 to score (32.0 percent).
After falling out of the national rankings a week ago, ECU makes its return in the National Collegiate Baseball Writer Association (NCBWA) poll garnering a No. 30 ranking this week ... The Pirates are also receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN and Perfect Game polls.
In the latest RPI reports (May 10), the Pirates have the third-best RPI in Conference USA ranking 22nd by WarrenNolan.com and BoydsWorld.com ... In the NCAA's most recent RPI report that was released on May 1, the Pirates came in at No. 23.
GODWIN GETS No. 500
Head Coach Billy Godwin recorded his 500th career win in the series opener against Houston on April 5 in ECU's 10-3 victory ... For his career, Godwin owns a 510-239-1 record ... He ranks second all-time on ECU's wins list (248) and trails only ECU Hall of Famer Gary Overton (427).
NATIONS TOP WIN PERCENTAGES FROM 1999-2011
Using the 1999 season as the starting point (the year the NCAA expanded the postseason tournament field to 64 teams with the current Super Regional format), ECU has ranks as one of the top teams in the nation in win percentage. Here's a closer look at the country's winningest programs from 1999 to 2011: (This list does not include any 2012 results; ECU 2012 opponents are bold.)
Team, Wins-Loses-Ties (Pct.)
1. Rice, 635-221-0 (.742)
2. Florida State, 651-227-1 (.741)
3. Oral Roberts, 561-224-0 (.715)
4. Texas, 614-247-1 (.713)
5. Coastal Carolina, 573-234-0 (.710)
6. North Carolina, 589-246-1 (.705)
7. Cal State Fullerton, 579-244-0 (.704)
8. Arizona State, 531-224-1 (.703)
9. South Carolina, 612-261-0 (.701)
10. Miami, 565-246-3 (.696)
11. Wichita State, 598-276-0 (.684)
12. Georgia Tech, 551-255-1 (.683)
13. LSU, 558-276-5 (.668)
14. Clemson, 566-288-1 (.663)
15. Nebraska, 527-268-2 (.662)
16. Tulane, 532-275-2 (.659)
17. Stanford, 527-274-2 (.658)
18. East Carolina, 519-271-0 (.657)
19. Notre Dame, 511-271-5 (.652)
20. Coll. of Charleston, 487-279-0 (.636)
21. Florida, 517-300-2 (.632)
22. TCU, 498-290-0 (.632)
23. Southern Miss, 503-296-0 (.630)
24. Alabama, 508-300-0 (.629)
25. Virginia, 498-294-2 (.628)