ECU baseball still looking for its first win

The Pirates fell to 0-3 this Tuesday with a 6-4 loss to the Campbell University Camels.

ECU's freshmen were born in 1994. That was the year that OJ Simpson fled the police in his now-infamous white bronco and the year that MLB players went on strike to cancel the '94 season.

Also in 1994, the ECU baseball team started its season 0-3. That would be something that wouldn't happen again until this Tuesday night, when the Pirates fell to the Campbell Camels, 6-4.

"We want to win more than anything," said ECU's Drew Reynolds. "And anytime you don't win it strikes you in the heart."

The Pirates found themselves down 2-0 to start the fifth inning, after Ben McQuown's RBI single scored Michael Delucia for the Camels in the third and Elijah Trail hit a solo homer in the fourth. Campbell's lead extended to 3-0 on an RBI single by Brent Graham.

But ECU responded by loading the bases with its first three batters at the bottom of the fifth, allowing Bryan Bass to hit an RBI single to put the Pirates on the board. The fifth inning finished with ECU trailing 3-2, after a sac fly by Chase McDonald scored Travis Watkins.

That would be the closest the Pirates ever came to taking the lead though as Campbell loaded the bases the next inning to extend its lead to 6-2 by the middle of the sixth, highlighted by a double from the Camel's Nick Ray that scored two runners.

ECU scored one run in the seventh (a Jay Cannon groundout that scored Jack Reinheimer) and one in the eighth (a double by Brown that scored Reynolds) to pull within two, 6-4, but were held scoreless in the ninth to seal the victory for Campbell.

Reinheimer finished 4-for-5 at the plate with one run scored and Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Brown (2-4, one run and an RBI) and Watkins (2-3 with a walk, and one run) were both impressive in the loss.

"It's disappointing because I thought we came out and played hard," said ECU Head Coach Billy Godwin. "But we didn't do enough. That's the bottom line."

Getting the start for the Pirates on the mound was RHP Andy Smithmyer. Smithmyer pitched for five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out five batters. He was relieved by freshman Brett Mabry, who only lasted a third of an inning after giving up three hits to the first three batters he faced.

Senior LHP Jake Harris followed Mabry and played well for the remaining three and two thirds innings. Harris gave up three hits with no earned runs (though runners did score, but the runs were charged to Mabry) and three strikeouts.

The third straight loss for the Pirates to start the season marked only the second time ECU has started 0-3 since 1966. But with the Keith LeClair Classic coming up, the team is only focused on the games ahead.

"Slow starts are slow starts and it would be a great story if we turned this thing around," said Godwin. "And we are going to do that." Recommended Stories

  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


60 Fans online
    Join The Conversation