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Team honors ECU great Williams

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East Carolina's Brady Lloyd (10) looks on with Charleston's Tommy Richter at third base. on Wednesday at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

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By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Friday, March 9, 2018

In addition to the moment of silence prior to Wednesday’s East Carolina-College of Charleston baseball game at Clark-LeClair Stadium, ECU coaches and players had “WW” marked on the bills of their hats.

They were honoring Walter Williams, a longtime supporter of the Pirates who gave millions of dollars to the university. He died Monday at age 88. 

“It’s the least we can do, because Walter has been great for our university and he’s been great to me and our baseball program and with the money he donated for our indoor hitting program,” said Pirate fourth-year coach Cliff Godwin, who also was an ECU player from 1998-2001. “He means to a lot to me personally but also means a lot to the university.”

Godwin and the 19th-ranked Pirates (9-3) begin their weekend series at Charlotte today.

Williams graduated from East Carolina Teachers College in 1951 and got an ECU master’s degree in 1955. He and his wife, Marie, have been staples at East Carolina games for years.

Some of the current ECU student-athletes never got a chance to talk to Williams on a personal level, but they are appreciative of his support. 

“I never had any interactions with him, but I know that he’s done a lot for our baseball program and has donated tons of money for the program, and the whole university,” second baseman Brady Lloyd said. “We definitely appreciate it and it’s just sad to hear him pass.”

WEEKEND WATCH

Chris Holba, East Carolina: Godwin said Sunday starter Holba will pitch either Saturday on Sunday, depending on how he wants to rework his weekend rotation with Jake Agnos recently moving out of one of the weekend spots to start Wednesday against the Cougars. Holba, a right-hander junior, has pitched 18 2/3 scoreless innings this year as the team’s most consistent starter. Trey Benton will remain in his Friday role and having Holba pitch Saturday could put Tyler Smith or Alec Burleson in line to be the Game 3 starter against Charlotte (8-4).

Drew Ober, Charlotte: The 49ers are 17-of-21 on stolen bases, led by sophomore Ober and his 6-for-6 mark. Jake Washer and Seth Caddell are ECU’s catchers, and they will need to work with the Pirate pitchers to keep Charlotte runners in check as best as possible. Ober has been batting fifth in the team’s order and is a key corner outfielder along with Pitt Community College product Dominick Cammarata (one home run, six RBIs, team-high 14 runs).

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

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