|25 Eric Tyler|
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Pirates’ top utility player that can play four different positions … Competitive at the plate and finds ways to get on base … 2015: A utility player that appeared in 60 games making 59 starts (third-most on the club) … Played four different positions (1B/3 games, LF/21, RF/27, C/4) and was penciled in as the designated hitter on four occasions … Batted .268 (55-for-205) with three home runs, 11 doubles, 27 RBI and 33 runs scored – all career-highs … Led the team in hit by pitches (13), while ranking fourth in The American … Drew 25 walks and struck out 25 times … Stole lone base of the season against Princeton (Mar. 17) … Recorded 15 multi-hit and seven multi-RBI games … Registered career-best eight-game hit streak from Mar. 13-22 where he batted .351 (13-for-37) with two doubles, seven RBI and six runs scored … The hit streak also coincided with a 14-game on-base streak that went from Mar. 4-22 … Also had hit streaks of five games and four games (twice) … Batted anywhere from the second to eighth spots in the order … Penciled in for a total of 36 games in the fourth-sixth order in the lineup … ECU posted a 33 15 record when he started in the outfield … Belted solo home runs against St. John’s (Feb. 22), Houston (May 10) and Cincinnati (May 14) … Led Pirate outfielders with five assists … Did not commit an error in 148 chances posting a 1.000 fielding percentage, which ranked first on the team and was tied for first in The American … Turned a pair of double plays … Behind the plate, threw out 4 of 8 base runners (50.0 percent) … Recorded 10 two-out RBI, which tied Bryce Harman for third on the squad … Tallied eight total sacrifices (3/SF, 5/SH) … Started all 24 league games batting .263 (21-for-80) with a pair of home runs, two doubles, nine RBI and 12 runs scored … Also added 10 walks and was hit five times … Ranked among the team leaders (top 5) in doubles (second), putouts (third), RBI (third), walks (third), home runs (fourth), on-base percentage (fourth/.378), hits (fifth) and runs (fifth) … Started all six postseason contests (4/AAC Tournament, 2/Coral Gables Regional) … Credited with game-winning RBI against UNC Greensboro (Feb. 21), VCU (Mar. 21), Connecticut (April 19) and UCF (April 24/walk-off 10th inning) … His sac fly vs. the Huskies in the top of the 10th gave the Pirates a 4-3 extra inning victory … Collected at least one hit in 39 of 60 games played … Drove in at least one run 18 times with a season-high three twice (VCU, Cincinnati) … Scored at least one run in 25 contests (multiple seven times with a season-high three in game two of a doubleheader against Monmouth) … Registered at least one walk 18 times with multiple free passes on seven occasions … Recorded multiple putouts 30 times with a season-high nine three times (Virginia, Albany, VCU).
2014: Played in 37 games making 26 starts behind the plate … Caught all but one of Jeff Hoffman’s starts, who was the No. 9 overall pick by Toronto Blue Jays in 2014 MLB Draft … Made collegiate debut at No. 1 Virginia (Feb. 23) starting at catcher … Drove in first career run against Ohio State (Mar. 2) in the LeClair Classic on a sac fly … Batted .183 (13-for-71) with six RBI and eight runs scored … Recorded first collegiate hit against Marshall (Mar. 8) in game one of doubleheader singling to left field to start the seventh frame … Drew 10 walks while striking out 11 times … Ranked second on the team with six hit by pitches … Tied for second on the team with seven sac flies … Lone game-winning RBI came in the series finale at No. 12 Rice helping the Pirates to their first-ever series win over the Owls … Laced a 2-2 offering off Matt Ditman through the left side in the top of the ninth scoring Joshua Lovick for the eventual game-winning run … Registered lone multi-hit game against UMBC (Mar. 28) in game one of doubleheader where he also scored a pair of runs … Legged out lone extra base hit (double) at Charlotte … Scored game-winning run in opening contest of Conference USA Championships against Southern Miss (9-8) in the top of the 11th on Hunter Allen’s bases loaded walk … Batted. 500 (4-for-8) during season-long three-game hit streak where he drove in two runs and scored a pair … Reached base safely in five-straight games from April 4-17 … Closed out the season having reached base safely in four consecutive games … ECU posted a 14-12 record in games which he started behind the dish … Scored a season-high two runs twice (Tulane, UMBC) … Drew a career-best three walks against UNC Greensboro (Mar. 11) … Recorded double-digit putouts three times with a career-high 18 against Middle Tennessee (April 17) … Had five or more putouts 16 times … Credited with a career-best five assists against Western Kentucky (Feb. 28) in the LeClair Classic … Scored at least one run in six contests … Collected at least one hit in 12 games and at least one walk on eight occasions … Committed one error in 205 chances for a .995 fielding percentage … Recorded 176 putouts, 28 assists and helped turn two double plays … Threw out 12 would-be base stealers … Batted primarily in the seventh through ninth spots in the lineup … Recorded four two-out RBI to rank fourth among returning players in 2015 … In league play, started 15 of 20 games batting .214 (9-for-42) with four RBI and five runs scored … Appeared in all three postseason games making a pair of starts.
2014 Summer: Played alongside currnt ECU teammate Kirk Morgan and former Pirate Cam Snow for the Lake Norman Copperheads of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League … A mid-season All-Star selection that batted .268 (22-for-82) with a home run, eight doubles and 10 RBI … Scored a team second-best 16 runs and drew 16 free passes … For second-straight summer helped the Copperheads claim the league title.
South Rowan High School: Earned 14 letters (baseball 4, basketball 4, football 3) … Played for Coach Thad Chrismon helping the Raiders to a District Championship in 2012 … Three-time All-North Piedmont Conference and All-Rowan County selection (sophomore, junior, senior) … Two-time team MVP (junior, senior) … As a freshman batted .321 with five home runs and 25 RBI earning the Coaches Award … Followed that with a solid sophomore season where he batted .359 with a home run and 14 RBI once again taking home the Coaches Award … Earned the first of three-straight North Piedmont All-Conference and Salisbury Post All-County accolades … As a junior batted .300 with 13 RBI and 30 runs on his way to Team MVP honors … During senior season batted .390 with 24 walks, 11 HBPs and 27 runs … Threw out 35 would-be base stealers … Following senior campaign was listed as the 5th-best catcher and 56th overall prospect in North Carolina by Perfect Game … Garnered 2013 Preseason Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Region honors from Perfect Game … Played summer ball with ECU teammates Kirk Morgan and Philip Perry on the South Charlotte Panthers for Coach Don Hutchins … Participated in 2010-12 PG WWBA 2013 Grads National Championships (Marietta, Ga.), 2011 PG WWBA Underclassmen World Championships (Ft. Myers, Fla.), 2011 16U Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational (Marietta, Ga.), 2012 PG WWBA World Championships (Jupiter, Fla.), 2012 PG WWBA 2014 Grads/16U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.) ...National Honors Society and Patriot Club member.
Personal: Full name is Eric Matthew Tyler … Born May 17, 1995 … Son of Ron and Cindy Tyler … Has one sibling (Aaron) … Majoring in recreation and park management with a minor in business administration … Two-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll (Fall 2014, Fall 2015) … Named to 2014-15 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.