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.