Hall of Fame Dodgers
radio broadcaster Vin Scully once said, "Good isn't good, if better is
East Carolina baseball fans have become accustomed to "better" as they
watched Pirate teams make the post-season in seven of the last eight
years. In 2006, the Purple and Gold won 33 games, but came up
short of the NCAA tournament. This year, expectations are high
once again, and a return to the playoffs is a necessity.
After winning two of three at home to start the 2007 campaign, ECU
dropped three straight to nationally ranked UCLA on the road.
Now, the Pirates return home to the friendly confines of Clark-LeClair
And it has been friendly. Of the 33 wins in '06, Pirate fans saw
28 of them at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Wednesday afternoon's game
against Campbell starts a month long home stand that will include 21
games. However, this will not be a smooth road for the Pirates due to
the fact that the home stand includes three games with #10 Cal State
Fullerton, and single games with #20 Pepperdine as well as in-state
rivals N.C. State and UNC Wilmington. Then once the Conference
USA schedule starts, sixth ranked Rice comes to Greenville for a three
game weekend series.
In years past, ECU has banked on racking up home victories during a
long home stand against non-conference teams like Howard, Stetson and
Fairfield. If you look at college football or
basketball, the same thing happens. Powerhouse schools like
Florida, Ohio State and Duke (in basketball, of course) play
non-conference games they expect to win with relative ease.
Billy Godwin's Pirates don't have the luxury of taking a game off, let
alone a series, and expect to walk away with victories. They will
need to be on their toes for every single one of the school record 38
home games in 2007.
The Pirate Nation is not satisfied with good, they expect better.
But fans need to remember, ECU is still building its foundation for
success. Setting the bar high only makes us strive harder to
achieve our goal. Just don't set the bar too high so that the
only result is a letdown.