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August 20, 2013

Slain ECU player lauded by coach, teammate

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“The ECU family is saddened to hear about this tragedy,” said Dr. Jeff Williams, director of athletics. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lane family and friends. We will do everything possible to support his family and teammates during this sad time.”

Dino Rosato, head baseball coach, said that when he thinks about Lane, “I think about a young man with a kind heart and a magnetic personality. He was a person I wanted to be around. He was a young man with great character. I am a better man for Chris having been a part of my life.”

Jacob Caton, a teammate of Lane’s, said Lane “was a very good person. He was never going out looking for trouble. He always had respect for others, and he had a girl who was pretty awesome.

“He had a great knowledge of the game, was a great defensive catcher, and as a hitter, he was looking to get better,” Caton said.

“He was a lively, genuine guy,” Caton said, “always willing to offer a helping hand. He put everyone else ahead of himself, and when we’d go out of town, he’d make sure everyone was alright. The great thing about him was that he would teach us all his Australian drinking songs. They were always funny and we had a good time being around him.”

“Chris was an extremely well-respected teammate,” Rosato said. “He had an above-average baseball IQ. He was a tremendous defensive catcher and great communicator from behind the dish. He had great command of the defensive sets and the pitching staff. He understood how the get the best out of his teammates.

“He was a tireless worker on and off the field,” Rosato said. “He was an absolute joy to coach. I will miss watching him work behind the plate. You would never know if he was having a bad day because he always had the ‘Chris Lane smile’ on.

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