Let’s face it.
Pirate fans haven’t had a whole lot to feel good about this year.
The success stories on the playing field have been few and far
between. Turmoil and turnover has been the story line, but a
group of Pirate ladies hope to end things on a positive note for all
I’m the first to admit I am not always eager when Brian Bailey gives me
an assignment to go cover the ECU Softball team. It takes a while
for the small ball strategy to grow on you in the era of the home run
highlight, but it’s time to give credit where credit is due.
Congratulations to the Lady Pirates on a successful year.
The team’s 55 wins are the second most in the nation this year and the
Pirates achieved their highest ever finish (third) in the Conference
“I know there is nobody in this conference that expected them to do
what they’ve done this year,” said ECU head coach Tracey Kee. “It’s
just been a great year and a great ride.”
ECU needs a solid outing at the Conference USA Tournament in Tampa,
Florida this week to boost its resume as an NCAA Tournament team.
As long as a Cinderella team doesn’t make a run in Tampa and the
Pirates win at least a game, they should be a good candidate to get an
“It’s something we’re trying not to think about. Our main focus
and only focus is the next few days in Tampa,” said Kee.
The best way to assure a postseason berth is to win the Conference USA
Tournament. After all, the Pirates did sweep top-seeded
Louisville and they’ve beaten the other five teams in the tournament at
least once this season.
“It definitely helps us knowing we can beat them,” said Pirate senior
Kate Manuse. “We have to keep that in the back of our mind even
though we’re still kind of the underdog.”
East Carolina dropped 2 of 3 at Southern Miss to close out the regular
season. The team will get a chance at redemption at 10:00 a.m.
today when they take on the Golden Eagles in the first round of the
“We have a lot of revenge to take on them,” said ECU senior Mandi
Nichols. "We had a rough weekend, but I think we’re going to bounce
back and really put it to them.”
Regardless of what happens the rest of the season the ladies have
represented the university in manner that should make all Pirate fans
proud. Congratulations ECU Softball team and good luck in the