The home run by Johny Gomes, off of Seth Maness(ECU), cost the St. Louis Cardinals the game last night, as the Boston Red Sox evened the World Series at 2-2, with the 4-2 victory….One night you have an obstruction call to end the game and the next night you have a big hit off of a kid out of East Carolina University…..There was a key pick-off play at the end of last night’s game too…
Here is the word on former East Carolina Pirate pitcher Seth Maness, from Wikipedia:
Maness was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The son of Michael Maness and Jan Andrews Benton, he has two siblings—Bailey and Tanner. He attended Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, North Carolina, where he played for the school’s baseball team.
As a sophomore he earned first team All-State and conference Player of the Year honors. His father served as one of his coaches.
Following high school Maness enrolled at East Carolina University, majoring in accounting. He played college baseball for the East Carolina Pirates. Initially a middle infielder, Maness was converted to a pitcher when one of the team’s starting pitchers went down with an injury.
Before the 2009 season, Maness was named a preseason All-American. On May 3, 2010, he was named Conference USA’s pitcher of the week, and after the season, he was named the conference’s pitcher of the year.
The Florida Marlins drafted Maness in the 41st round of the 2010 MLB Draft, but he did not sign. The St. Louis Cardinals selected Maness in the 11th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, and Maness signed with the Cardinals.