|37 Luke Bolka|
Pirates Recorded 12 Hits But Only Scored One Run In First Loss Of NCAA Post-Season
Pirates Advance To First Regional Final Since 2011
Kruczynski Goes 8.1 Innings For Win, Bolka Smashes Third Home Run Of Season
Watkins And Yorgen Each Record Two Hits, Bolka Reaches Base Three Times
Kruczynski Strikes Out Career-High 13 Batters In Eight Innings
2015: Two-way player as a sophomore who batted .250 (7-for-28) with a pair of home runs, three RBI and scored six runs ... Started six of 15 games as the designated hitter ... ECU posted a 4-2 record when he was penciled in as the DH ... Belted home runs against Elon (Mar. 15) and Houston (May 24) with the latter coming in the AAC Championship Game, which the Pirates won 9-1 ... Collected a career-high three hits at Connecticut (April 18) going 3-for-3 with a double and run scored ... Tallied career-high two-RBI vs. Houston in the AAC Championship Game, which was also his first career game-winning RBI ... Scored career-best two runs at Elon (Mar. 15) ... Registered at least one hit in five of his six starts at DH ... First official at-bat came at NC State (Mar. 3), while his first hit and run scored were against Monmouth (Mar. 8) ... Appeared in 14 games on the mound in a relief role ... Allowed five runs (four earned) on 11 hits in 11.1 innings ... Sported a 3.18 ERA ... Struck out 13 while walking five ... Recorded at least one strikeout in 10 of 14 appearances with a career-best four at USF (April 11) ... Worked an inning or more in relief nine times with career-best 1.1 innings vs. the Bulls and against Columbia (May 28) in the Coral Gables Regional ... Had scoreless outings 10 times, while allowing a career-high two runs at Elon (Mar. 15) ... In league games, sported a .429 (3-for-7) average with a double and a run scored, while boasting a 0.00 ERA in five appearances on the mound ... Allowed just one run (unearned) on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 3.0 innings ... Induced eight fly outs and 11 ground outs (0.7 ratio) with two double plays.
2015 Summer: Played for the Morehead City Marlins in the Coastal Plain League ... Selected to the East All-Star roster as a designated hitter (starter) ... Batted. 255 (24-for-94) in 29 games (all starts) ... Belted a pair of home runs, laced seven doubles and drove in 12 ... Scored 16 runs and walked 13 times ... Made six appearances on the mound with two starts ... Posted an 0-2 record with a 6.75 ERA ... Allowed nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits with seven strikeouts and 13 walks in 9.1 innings.
2014: Appeared in five games (all out of the bullpen) during true freshman season ... Made collegiate debut against Virginia Commonwealth (Mar. 19) tossing one-third of an inning where he allowed a pair of runs (unearned) on one hit with a strikeout ... In five total appearances, did not allow and earned run posting a 0.00 ERA in 2.1 total frames ... Allowed three total runs on one hit with four strikeouts and a pair of walks ... Worked one inning of relief against N.C. Central (Mar. 26) and Middle Tennessee (April 18) ... Did not allow a hit in final four outings ... Fanned two batters against NC Central ... Appeared in a pair of C-USA contests (MTSU, ODU) working a total of one inning with a walk, strikeout and two hit batters.
2014 Summer: Played for the Kalamazoo Growlers in the Northwoods League ... Appeared in eight games making five starts ... Posted an 0-3 record with 15 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.
Atlee High School: Drafted in the 34th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Amateur Draft by the Cincinnati Reds (pick 1,035) ... Four-year letterwinner and team captain under coach Barry Burton ... Earned six total letters (baseball 4, football 2) ... Helped Raiders to a 68-21 four-year record, which included four-straight Capital District titles ... Posted a 5-1 record with 41 strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA during his freshman season ... After missing his sophomore campaign with an injury, returned to help the Raiders to their second straight Capital District Tournament Crown, and another appearance in the Virginia Central Regional Playoffs ... Named Second-Team Virginia All-State (Central Region) as a designated hitter after batting .405 ... Posted a 4-2 record on the mound ... Central Region All-Academic selection ... Earned honorable mention Virginia (AAA Capital) All-District honors ... Named 2012 Preseason Honorable Mention Underclassmen All-American by Perfect Game ... Ranked as the eighth-best prospect in Virginia (second-best left-hander) by Perfect Game ... Played summer ball for Coach Donnie Phillips and RBA Elite ... Participated in the 2012 East Coast Professional Showcase (Syracuse, N.Y.) and the 2011-12 PG WWBA Grads/17U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.) ... As a senior, picked up second-straight Virginia All-State (Central Region) accolade as a honorable mention DH, where he batted .451 ... Also earned all-conference honors (first-team) for the second year in a row as a designated hitter ... Equaled junior mark with another 4-2 ledger as a pitcher ... Named 2013 All-Atlantic Region by Perfect Game ... At conclusion of senior campaign ranked as the 244th-best national and eighth-best Virginia prospect in the nation by Perfect Game ... Four-time honor roll and all-academic team selection.
Personal: Full name is Luke Alexander Bolka ... Born Dec. 31, 1994 ... Son of Elizabeth and Ed Bolka ... Has one sibling (Corey) ... Majoring in recreation and park management with a minor in business administration ... Two-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll (Fall 2013, Fall 2015) ... Earned Conference USA Commissioner Honor Roll status in 2014.