June 5, 2011
East Carolina and St. John's
get after it
By Barry Davis
Head Baseball Coach – Rider University
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Barry Davis has led the Rider Broncs for the
past seven seasons, guiding them to the NCAA tourney in 2008 and
2010. A Charlottesville, Va., native, Davis will provide
insights on the Charlottesville Regional.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
On a day when you (the coach) are supposed to
hold nothing back, East Carolina and St. John's did just that in
the 1 p.m. elimination game. Both teams got after it.
Here are some examples:
Sacrifice bunts by more than one, a successful squeeze play, hit
and runs, intentional walks to the same guy twice (even when he
is the go ahead run), using closers in the seventh, using middle
relievers who average two innings per outing for five innings to
win the game, and if I thought of more, I could come up with a
few additional things.
After 298 pitches were thrown, the dust settled and East
Carolina advanced with a 6-4 win.
Here are some interesting things that occurred:
* More walks than strikeouts. 10-9
* Only three, three up, three down innings (18)
* 20 runners left on base. Interesting that Mike Ussery had a
key RBI single in the top of the ninth for ECU after leaving
five on himself. That's why you play the entire the game and
focus on the next AB.
* ECU's first three runs, two runners had reached by walking as
the leadoff batter. They always seem to come back to hurt
you...I've had plenty of experience with that.
In summary, ECU did just enough to pull out the win. St. John's
proved that it did deserve to be in the tournament. They
competed and won a game against a quality opponent in East
Carolina. Many other programs who were ranked much higher than
they were cannot say that.
East Carolina now gets UVA at 6. It will be time to reach down
and pull some more things out of that hat.