Television (CMT) recently released its list of the top road songs of
all time. At number one, Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" was
definitely not written about East Carolina's baseball team. "On
the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again."
The road has been absolutely brutal to the purple and gold in the last
two seasons. It's the main reason the streak of six straight
post-season appearances ended. ECU floundered to a whopping 4-15
road record in 2006 and still managed to win 33 ball games.
This season, after losing three on the road at UCLA, the Pirates
returned home and won 18 out of 20 games at the friendly confines of
Clark-LeClair Stadium. But did spending more than a month on
campus allow room for a rut as they play eight of the next eleven on
Maybe at first. But Ryan Tousley did his darndest to break the
Bucs out of any rut. His 5-for-5 performance with 4 RBI's helped
catapult ECU to a much needed road win on Sunday.
And really ECU should have won the opening game Friday night. The
bases were left loaded in the 8th, then two on and one out in the 9th
without the tying run scoring. It's probably one of the first
times this season the clutch hitting Pirates didn't come through in the
Let's not be too tough, after all this series at Tulane was far from a
no-brainer. As of today, Tulane jumped into the Top 25 in the
Baseball America poll at 21st. And unfortunately right in front
Despite a mid-week road game at NC State and this weekend's home battle
with 8th ranked Rice, ECU must find a way to keep winning on the
road. Marshall, Houston and UAB aren't ranked, but they're
Conference USA games that sure will have huge implications on the
Perhaps the Diamond Dogs should set their goal for the rest of the
season to be the number two song on the CMT Road Song list: "King
of the Road," by Roger Miller. Damn, I am getting old.