|35 Evan Kruczynski|
Watkins Takes Home Second-Team Accolades
Junior Hurler Ranks Among The American Leaders In ERA And Innings Pitched
Kruczynski Goes 8.1 Innings For Win, Bolka Smashes Third Home Run Of Season
Duo Recognized For Athletic Success During The Month
Tyler And Williams-Sutton Collect Two Hits Apiece
All-conference candidate that enters junior season as the Pirates top projected starter ... Currently ranks among ECU's all-time leaders in fewest runs (fourth/46) and fewest earned runs (seventh/37) allowed ... 2015: Started a team-best 16 games as a member of the weekend rotation ... Posted 8-4 record with a 3.17 ERA ... Allowed 44 runs (35 earned) on 105 hits with 72 strikeouts and 26 walks in 99.1 innings ... Named 2015 Jungle Pitching MVP ... Tossed a pair of complete games (Monmouth, Memphis) both were first games of doubleheaders ... Made first collegiate start in the season opener against No. 2 Virginia (Feb. 13) allowing two runs (both unearned) on eight hits with one strikeout in 5.1 innings in a 3-1 loss ... Recorded first win a week later against UNC Greensboro (Feb. 21) in the Keith LeClair Classic ... Rolled off victories in next three starts vs. Albany, Monmouth and Elon ... His outing against Monmouth (Mar. 7) was a two-hit complete game shutout with seven strikeouts ... Winning pitcher in ECU's first-ever AAC game (Memphis/Mar. 28) where he gave up one run (earned) on six hits with six strikeouts in a complete game effort ... Also notched league wins against Connecticut (April 17) and Cincinnati (May 15) ... Suffered additional losses to USF (April 11), Connecticut (May 1) and Columbia (May 29) ... Pirates posted a 10-6 record in his starts ... Ranked second in The American in runners picked off (four), while standing seventh in innings pitched and wins ... Picked up win vs. Tulane (May 21) in AAC Tournament allowing one run (unearned) on three hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in 6.1 innings ... Started Coral Gables Regional opener against Columbia giving up three runs (all earned) on five hits in 5.1 innings in a 6-3 loss ... Held opposing hitters to a .271 composite batting average ... Induced 88 fly outs and 118 ground outs (0.7 ratio) with three double plays ... Two-Time AAC Honor Roll selection (Mar. 9 and Mar. 27) ... Recorded a team-best 10 quality starts ... Won eight of 16 starts (four no decisions) ... Worked into the sixth inning 13 times (seventh inning eight times) ... Tallied career-high 10 strikeouts against UCF (April 24) ... Had four or more strikeouts nine times ... Two or fewer runs in eight contests ... In league play, posted a 3-3 record in eight appearances with one complete game ... Surrendered 31 runs (26 earned) on 61 hits with 36 strikeouts in 47.0 innings and a 4.98 ERA.
2014: Appeared in three games (all in relief) during first season with the Pirate program ... Worked a combined full one inning surrendering two runs (both earned) on three hits for a 18.00 ERA ... Made collegiate debut against Campbell (Feb. 18) walking one and hitting another ... Tossed a career-long one inning against N.C. Central (Mar. 26) giving up two runs (both earned) on three hits with a strikeout ... Last outing was against High Point (May 13) where he faced one batter ... In games pitched, ECU posted a 3-0 record outscoring opponents 27-12.
2014 Summer: Played for the Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League helping them to a 50-21 record, which included a perfect 7-0 run through the playoffs to claim the league title in just the teams third year of existence ... Posted a 6-3 record with a 2.78 ERA in 55 innings ... Closed out his summer working into the sixth inning in six consecutive starts recording a 5-0 record with 20 strikeouts, while allowing just six earned runs in 38.1 innings (1.41 ERA) ... To go along with the league title, the Chinooks were named Perfect Game's Summer Collegiate Team-of-the-Year.
Franklin High School: Six-time letterwinner (baseball 4, basketball 2) and two-time baseball captain (junior, senior) ... Helped coach Jim Hughes and the Sabers to 90 wins over a four-year period and a pair of Wisconsin State Summer Championships (2010-11) ... As a freshman posted a 5-2 record with 44 strikeouts and a 5.60 ERA in 40 innings ... During sophomore campaign sported a 5-1 ledger with 64 punch outs and a 2.45 ERA in 54.2 innings ... Earned honorable mention all conference honors ... Participated in the 2011 USSSA All-American Games ... Named team captain as a junior ... Lowered his ERA to 1.97 with 73 strikeouts in 46.1 innings ... Posted a 4-4 record on the mound on his way to first team all-conference and second-team all-state honors ... Named 2012 Preseason High Honorable Mention Underclassmen All-American by Perfect Game ... As a senior earned First-Team All-Greater Metro honors after posting a 3-0 record on the mound ... Pitched in four games posting a 0.00 ERA with 29 strikeouts and five walks in 19.0 innings ... Named Second-Team All-Central Regional by Perfect Game ... Following senior campaign listed as the top left-hander and the overall No. 3 prospect in the state of Wisconsin by Perfect Game ... Played summer ball for Coach R.J. Fergus and the Hitters Baseball club posting a 3-1 record with a 0.94 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 37.1 innings ... Earned 2012 Second-Team All- State Summer honors ... Member of the Chicago Scouts Association team in the fall where he was a perfect 3-0 on the mount with a 1.80 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 25 innings for Coach John Sarna ... Named to the 2012 WWBA World Championship All-Tournament Team ... Tossed four scoreless innings with nine punch outs at the 2012 WWBA Kernels Foundation Championships earning all-tournament team honors ... Participated in the 2011 PG WWBA Underclassmen World Championships (Ft. Myers, Fla.), 2011-12 PG WWBA World Championships (Jupiter, Fla.) and the 2011-12 PG WWBA Kernels Foundation Championships (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) ... Named team captain as a senior for basketball team ... Three-time honor roll member.
Personal: Full name is Evan Jacob Kruczynski ... Born Mar. 31, 1995 ... Son of Tammy and Jeff Kruczynski ... Has one sibling (Taylor) ... Majoring in recreation and park management ... Two-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll (Fall 2014, Fall 2015) ... Named to 2014-15 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.