|9 Kirk Morgan|
Pirates Win First Regional Game Since 2012
Lanier Strikes Out Career-High Six Batters, Three Players Collect Two Hits Each
Morgan Drove In Two Runs, Kruczynski Registered 13th Quality Start
Boyd Picks Up Seventh Win, Watkins Collects Three Hits And Morgan Drives In Three
Kruczynski Allows One Run, Morgan Collects Three Hits And Drives In Three
2015: Two-way player as a sophomore … Started 41 of 44 games (36/3B, 5/SS) … Batted .293 (43-for-147) to rank third on the team … Laced a pair of triples (Memphis, UCF) … Drove in 17 runs and scored 14 … Stood second on the team with 11 sacrifices (1/SF, 10/SH) … Drew five walks, struck out 14 times and was hit by a pitch on six occasions … Recorded 14 multi-hit and five multi-RBI games … Had a season-long six game hit streak from Mar. 21-28 where he batted .350 (7-for-20) with five RBI … The hit streak also coincided with a 12-game on-base streak (Mar. 21-April 18) … Also added a five-game hit streak from April 2-18 … Credited with a pair of game-winning RBI (Tulane, NC State) … Had walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth against the Wolfpack (April 21) lifting the Pirates to a 6-5 victory … Batted anywhere from fourth to ninth in the lineup … The Pirates posted a 23-13 record in games he started at the hot corner … Nine of his 43 hits were bunt singles, which ranked second on the team behind Charlie Yorgen (10) … Committed 11 errors in 164 chances posting a .933 fielding percentage … Recorded 37 putouts, 116 assists and turned 10 double plays … Registered at least one hit in 25 games with a career-best four at Cincinnati (May 15) … Scored at least one run in 12 contests with a season-high two vs. Elon and Cincinnati … Drove in two runs against Princeton, VCU (twice) and Tulane (twice) … Lone stolen base came against VCU (Mar. 22) … Grounded into just two double plays … Recorded two or more assists 31 times with a season-high seven twice (Princeton, Memphis) … Drew a season-high two walks in the series opener at Cincinnati (May 14) … One of four Pirates to post a batting average of .300 or higher in league play (.318/21-for-66) … Scored nine runs and drove in seven in AAC action … Started all four games at third in the AAC Tournament batting .143 (2-for-14) with a pair of sacrifices and one RBI … Also started both games of the Coral Gables Regional at third … Made nine appearances on the mound with one start … Posted a 4-0 record with a 3.10 ERA … Allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 19 hits with 14 strikeouts and three walks in 20.1 innings … Picked up wins in four-straight relief appearances from Mar. 1-24 against Albany, Old Dominion, UNC Greensboro and VCU … Held opposing hitters to a .247 composite batting average … Did not allow any inherited runners to scored (0-for-4) … Induced 28 fly outs and 16 ground outs (1.6 ratio) … Notched first career start vs. Duke (April 22) surrendering one run (earned) on six hits with two strikeouts in 4.0 innings … First career appearance came against No. 2 Virginia (Feb. 13) in the season opener where he worked 2.1 innings of relief allowing one run (earned) on two hits … Worked at least one full inning of relief in eight games with a season-long 3.0 vs. VCU (Mar. 21) … Fanned multiple batters in an outing five times with a career-best four against UNC Greensboro (Mar. 11) and VCU (Mar. 21) … Did not allow a run in 4 of 8 relief appearances (1 or less six times) … Allowed two or fewer hits in six relief outings (none vs. UNC Greensboro) … Appeared in just two games in league action on the mound … Surrendered three runs (all earned) on four hits in 2.2 innings with three walks and a 10.12 ERA.
2014: Opened freshman campaign as the Pirates starting shortstop through the first 15 games … In all appeared in 28 games making 22 starts (all at short) … Batted .185 (12-for-65) with six RBI and six runs scored … Made collegiate debut against James Madison (Feb. 14) recording two assists and one put out in the field … Recorded first collegiate hit against the Dukes on Feb. 15 on a bunt single in the second inning … Followed that with his lone multi-hit game of the season against JMU (Feb. 15) going 2-for-3 with an RBI … Added additional RBI against Campbell, Ohio State, UNC Greensboro, Old Dominion and UNC Wilmington … Scored a career best two runs against Marshall (Mar. 8) in game one of doubleheader … Also crossed home against Pittsburgh, UNC Greensboro, and Middle Tennessee (twice) … Swiped 2 of 4 bases (Ohio State, Wake Forest) … Recorded five total sacrifices (2/SF, 3/SH) … Primarily a bottom of the order hitter batting between the seventh and ninth spots in 18 contests … Collected lone game-winning RBI in series finale against JMU with a single in the fourth inning of a 4-2 victory … Recorded at least two assists in 17 games with a career-best six against Pitt and UNC Greensboro … Tallied multiple putouts on six occasions with a season best three vs. UNC Greensboro (twice) and Old Dominion … Committed 10 errors in 98 chances for a .898 fielding percentage … Recorded 23 putouts, 65 assists and turned 14 double plays … Had a pair of three game hitting streaks including at least one hit in last three games of freshman season (April 18-21) … Drew 13 free passes including two vs. The Herd in game one of doubleheader … ECU posted an 11-11 record in games he started at short … Appeared in 10 league games making eight starts at short … Batted .160 (4-for-25) with an RBI and four runs scored … Did not appear in post-season play.
2014 Summer: Split time playing for the Morehead City Marlins (Coastal Plain League) and Lake Norman Copperheads (Southern Collegiate League) … With the Marlins appeared in 15 games making 11 starts where he batted .171 (7-for-41) with two RBI and six runs scores … Made move to Copperheads in early July making debut on July 5 where he went 1-for-2 with a run scored against the Pioneers … Played alongside fellow teammates Cam Snow and Eric Tyler helping the Copperheads claim their second-straight league title … Appeared in seven games batting .278 (5-for-18) with two RBI and three runs scored … In final game of the summer lifted team to a 3-2 walk-off win over the Ballantyne Smokies when he reached on an error … Mid-season all-star selection for the Copperheads, who reached base twice while tossing an inning of relief … On the mound, appeared in eight games during the regular season posting a 2-0 record with a 1.22 ERA and four saves … In 7.1 innings of relief work struck out 10 while walking two.
Mallard Creek High School: Four-year letterwinner coach Shawn McGeorge (baseball 4, basketball 1) … Helped the Mavericks to a pair of IMECK regular season titles (2011-12) and the 2011 IMECK Conference Tournament crown … Suffered season-ending injury just six games into senior season … During three year career (2010-12) owned an impressive .409 batting average (114-for-279) with one home run, 28 doubles, three triples, 53 RBI and 89 runs … Collected 34 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI games … As a freshman batted .418 on his way to the first of three-straight IMECK All-Conference honors … Laced 19 doubles and drove in 38 RBI … Recorded a career-best eight RBI against Harding University where he was 5 for-6 with pair of doubles … Swiped 7-of-9 base attempts … Named Mallard Creek Offensive Player-of-the-Year … Earned Freshman All America honors from MaxPreps.com … During sophomore season batted .436 (44-for-101) with a home run, eight doubles, 16 RBI and 33 runs scored … Received Gold Glove and Leadership Awards … Last year batted .368 (32-for-87) with 10 doubles, 18 RBI and 26 runs scored … Named second-team all-conference by Charlotte Observer … Also picked up honorable mention All-America honors from Under Armour … Named 2012 Preseason Honorable Mention Underclassmen All-American by Perfect Game … Listed as the 26th-best prospect in North Carolina (fourth-best shortstop) by Perfect Game … Garnered 2013 Preseason Second-Team All-Atlantic Regional honors … One of Perfect Game’s top 500 national prospects … Played summer ball with fellow Pirate Eric Tyler on the South Charlotte Panthers for Coach Don Hutchins … Named first-ever team captain of the Panthers … Tied organizational single-season record with 50 RBI … Participated in the 2010-11 PG WWBA Underclassmen World Championships (Ft. Myers, Fla.), 2011 PG WWBA 2012 Grads/17U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.), 2011 16U Perfect Game East Cobb Invitational (Marietta, Ga.), 2011- 12 PG WWBA World Championships (Jupiter, Fla.) and the 2010-12 PG WWBA 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.) … Named to the 2012 OG WWBA 17U All Tournament Team … Named team captain as a sophomore on the basketball team … National Honors Society and honor roll member.
Personal: Full name is Kirk Francis Morgan … Born Dec. 1, 1994 … Son of Scott and Mary Beth Morgan … Father Scott played college baseball at Middle Tennessee (1989-90) and pitched in the Cleveland Indians organization (1990-93) … Has two siblings (Mackenzie and Luke) … Majoring in communications with a concentration in journalism … Five-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient (Fall of 2013-pres.) … Earned Conference USA Commissioner Honor Roll status in 2014 … Named to 2014-15 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.