LUBBOCK, Texas — A great big howdy to all of the nieces and nephews, your old partner Uncle Mel is back in the saddle and what a better place than to be tall in the saddle than to be in West Texas and the city that gave the world Buddy Holly and the Crickets.
The city is rather soothing to your old Midwest uncle that resides in the south. Surrounding this city there is plenty of cornfields, hayfields and cows in the field. All that scenery is comforting to your old cowboy.
Uncle Mel hitched up the wagon and preceded west with all of the rest of the good folks from Greenville, North Carolina that follow East Carolina University baseball.
East Carolina University baseball coach Cliff Godwin and his team overcame sloppy weather last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Pirates came away unblemished and left the region with the trophy in their soggy saddle-bag.
“Regional Champions!” Godwin said after his team dismissed the College of William &Mary for the trophy. “I like the sound of that!”
Godwin and his band of Pirates fell flat at the American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament played at Bright House Stadium in the city of Clearwater, Florida.
Under the West Texas moon, East Carolina is the only team from the American Athletic Conference to still be standing and waiting for the showdown at high noon.
Texas Tech University baseball coach Tim Tadlock guided his team to 44 victories this season and enters the Super Regional as the No.8 team in the nation. Godwin knows all about Tadlock and respects the talented Red Raiders.
There will be plenty of red in the seats of Rip Griffin Park, officially scarlet because Texas Tech is expecting a full house which will be loud but it is nothing that East Carolina University and Godwin is not accustom too be able to handle.
Godwin says that the Pirates will have to get comfortable against a team that has good pitching and has the ability to hit the baseball a long way.
Godwin is expecting his team to respect Texas Tech but approach the game with the same tenacity that is a characteristic of the Pirates.
As the first pitch of the game, your old saddle-bum will sit back with a cold drink to wet his whistle, remove his sombrero and enjoy the ride provided by Godwin and the East Carolina University Pirates baseball team.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation.
I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.