ARTICLE OF THE DAY

Jekyll & Hyde Baseball
by Brian North
5/25/06

Will the real ECU Baseball Team please stand up. The 2006 season will be remembered as Billy Godwin's first year as the Pirates head coach, but the roller coaster ride he and the Pirates have been on has yet to be deemed a failure or success.

ECU has been on winning streaks of six games (April 8th to April 16th), five games (February 28th to March 8th), four games twice (March 15th to the 19th, and May 10th to the 14th), and three games twice (February 12th to the 18th, and February 21st to the 25th). The Pirates have also had losing streaks of five games (March 25th to April 1st), and four games three different times (March 15th to the 19th, April 30th to May 7th, and May 16th to the 20th).

The teams they swept were Stony Brook in the beginning of March, Marist in mid-March, Albany in mid-April, and UAB in mid-May. And they were swept by Cal State Fullerton in mid-March, Southern Miss in the beginning of May, and Memphis in mid-May.

The Pirates were 28-9 at home, but just 4-12 away from Clark-LeClair Stadium. ECU had winning records on Tuesdays (3-2), Wednesdays (5-2), Fridays (9-7, and Saturdays (9-5), but losing records on Sundays (7-8) and Thursdays (0-1).

It's been a maddening season in which the Pirates have outscored opponents in every inning except the 9th (ECU was outscored 32-23 in the final frame throughout the season), and they have blown leads six times after the 7th inning, but only had three comebacks when trailing that late in the game.

The only thing consistent about the Pirates this year has been their inconsistency. It wouldn't surprise me if these Jekyll & Hyde Pirates won the Conference USA Tournament, but I wouldn't be shocked if they went belly up and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight years. It's just the way this season has gone. You never know hat to expect when the Pirates suit up.
 
Brian North
bnorth@wcti12.com