A Season of Change

by Troy Dreyfus

The ECU baseball team concluded its first week of practice.  The new head coach of the Pirates, Billy Godwin, joined us live this week in the studios of Pirate Radio to talk about the upcoming season.  It has been a crazy 6 months for him, the rest of his staff, and the players.  The good news is, the dust has settled, and the future looks bright for ECU baseball.


If phone calls to the coach are any indication, interest in ECU baseball is as strong as ever.  Coach Godwin received as many calls, if not more, than any coach we’ve had on the air with us in the past.


A source close to the program told me the guys are having more fun this preseason then ever before in recent history.  The attitude of the players is great, and that can take you a long way.  There is no guarantee that ECU can get to Omaha this season, but the goal remains the same, and anything less than that will be seen as a disappointment by players and coaches.


In his own words, here’s what Coach Godwin had to say about the program:

On his pitchers and their health:  “I would say everybody except Jeff Ostrander, who had surgery in April, is on track to be able to pitch in February. We just had our first two scrimmages this past weekend with guys like Brody Taylor, Dustin Sasser and Shane Matthews.  I would say all those guys got A's.  They really look good and I was impressed with where they are right now.  I think the key now is to see how they can continue to progress and recover.”

On how he helps the players deal with the pressure of past success:   “Certainly our goal is to make a regional, win the regional, hopefully win a super regional and advance to the World Series.  But I think we can't forget the importance of the process of what it takes to get there.  We can't look and say 'we've got to make the regional for the 8th straight time' or 'we've got to get to Rosenblatt Stadium.'  Those certainly are our goals.  But there are daily goals that we've set for ourselves.  I think when you track those daily goals out, kids can see that a whole lot easier.  Sometimes you get blinded by that big, long, broad goal. And it's such a long season.  So I think if we continue in a process of those steps, we'll eventually obtain our goal.”


Keith LeClair’s legacy lives on in this program too.  Sure his name is on the stadium thanks to a classy move by Bill Clark, but it also lives on the field.  This Saturday during a sold-out “Meet the Pirates” event, Coach Godwin will honor one player by presenting him the number 23 jersey to wear all season.  If you did not get a ticket to the lunch, you can still come out to the Murphy Center at 12:30pm for a free autograph and picture session.


On the Air:

The broadcast schedule for the Pirates this year will be stronger than ever.  Once again, Pirate Radio will take the lead in broadcasting every game this season, and we will be adding our newest station Pirate Radio 930 WDLX, to the network.  This will enable Pirate fans down east in the Beaufort and Craven County areas to hear the games that they might have missed in the past.  Josh Spence will be back in the booth this year, plus look for Jeff Charles, “The Voice of the Pirates”, to be bringing you the action to many games this season also.


Opening day is February 10th at Clark-LeClair Stadium when Maryland rolls into town.  Perhaps the Pirate Nation can show up in force and help the team start this season off right.

Troy Dreyfus