ECU: Harrington And Sowers Dismissed From Baseball Team

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina junior shortstop Dustin Harrington and junior pitcher Sthil Sowers have been dismissed from the baseball team according to an announcement from head coach Billy Godwin Thursday afternoon.

Godwin could not elaborate on a reason for the dismissal, citing federal student privacy laws.

Harrington, the reigning Conference USA Hitter-of-the-Week, started 25 games and is currently ranked fourth in the conference with a .443 (47-for-106) average. The Taylorsville, N.C., native also has five home runs, 21 RBI and 31 runs scored, all among the team leaders.

Sowers appeared in five games out of the bullpen, allowing six runs on 15 hits in 11.0 innings of work while posting a 4.09 ERA. In his first four outings, Sowers did not allow an earned run, which included a shutout inning of relief against then No. 2 Virginia Feb. 21.

The 23rd-ranked Pirates (17-9) are set to host Tulane this weekend in their C-USA opener at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. First pitch for Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the two teams will play a double header Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. (EDT).


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  • by Hometown Location: ECU on Apr 8, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    I would like to say that I am disappointed in Mr.Harrington. Growing up in the same hometown and knowing his family, really stinks right now. Dustin had a chance to make a name for himself with his baseball talents and acutally make something of himself, which not alot of people in our town are capable of. Maybe he can recover and make a better go at a different school and teach others how not to make the same mistake.
  • by Concerned Parent on Apr 7, 2010 at 12:12 PM
    Please, please give these young men a break. I am sure that some upper classmate/baseball player had told them this was exceptible policy and just a bad judgement on the players that got caught. No ones knows the pressure of being a freshman athlete and the adjustment of balance between school work, practice and just more freedom to make hopefully wise choices in this dog eat dog world we all live in. I personally know Brian and Tyler and they both are great young men on and off the field. This is just a bad judgement on their part that they got caught up in and was made an example of.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Apr 5, 2010 at 11:57 AM
    I heard from a close friend about what it was these two got into. I am thoroughly disappointed in them two and surprised to hear about it. To piratelady, I have taken my boys to meet the athletes from the football and baseball teams, and both of those teams have a majority of their players who are class act. With the exception of two of those athletes I have met, the rest of them I have met have been down to earth and are very respectful. Emanuel Davis, who was involved with the minor situation with Brandon Jackson I have known back when he was at Manteo High playing football, and is a well behaved kid with good manners. Beleive it or not, but the two athletes I have had less respect for, one came from the men's basketball team and the other came from the cross country team (he acted like one of those spoiled kids who thought he was above everyone else). There are a few of those bad apples everywhere you are at, but no one should judge the whole teams based solely on 1 or 2 dudes.
  • by Bseball fan Location: does it matter? on Apr 5, 2010 at 09:54 AM
    First of all, if you do not know the information - then you are not subject to it. People make mistakes. Kids and Adults. Do not jusdge as you are not qualified to judge! Its NONE of your business or it would all be public knowledge. Leave it alone. Support Pirate Baseball and be done with all the rest. And remember, no one is perfect and people make mistakes. We are all innocent until proven quilty and as Christian's - we are all forgiven. I hope you and all your negative comments can and will be forgiven. Don't assume - as you know what that word does for all of us. And one thing everyone seems to forget - he is a son, a grandson, a uncle, a cousin. He is a man who made a mistake. Hopefully, none of you have ever made a mistake in your life. Wow! What a boring life to live and be so perfect.
  • by To deadfish Location: who care on Apr 5, 2010 at 05:53 AM
    The kid dismissed from USC and then accepted to PCC was Chisenhall, I assume you can search the internet for yourself. Maybe you remember Chisenhall, he was drafted last summer by the Cleveland Indians. And while you are searching the internet for Chisenhall, might as well spend some time researching Brett Williams background (robbed a beer truck during high school). Take the blinders off, I'm done with you. I have to work for a living
  • by DoyourWork Location: ENC on Apr 5, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    These two guys had a tutor write a paper for them. There were others involved, who were disciplined earlier.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Apr 4, 2010 at 01:56 PM
    ToT: Post a link to verify your loud talk. Evidence talks and your mouth walks. The burden of proof is on YOU, GOT IT? You are just like Anonymous1 and Darren ECU's vocal lawyers. With twelve disciplinary infractions in less than three months you ECU fans are NOT in any position to talk big. Three players KO in the last ten days, HELLO? I thought so...
  • by To T Location: Here on Apr 4, 2010 at 11:56 AM
    You must not follow PCC baseball too much or you would know that PCC accepted a baseball player from USC that had felony charges against him (stealing TV or laptops, can't remember which). I wouldn't exactly call that class. I use to live across the street from PCC baseball players, a revolving door of women and parties, non-stop.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Apr 3, 2010 at 03:11 PM
    I must correct myself: When three of the top sports programs [ARE] infected with lack of discipline...
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Apr 3, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    NG3: PLAGIARISM not plagarism. gee: WHY should Mr. Holland get any credit? Particularly when three of the top sports programs is INFECTED with lack of discipline. They should ask their school of medicine for a discipline vaccine! Isn't it pathetic? When the beat goes on...
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