|23 Ryan Williams|
2014: Drafted in the 10th round (pick 289) of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs ... Third-Team Louisville Slugger All-America selection ... First-Team All-Conference USA as a relief pitcher ... Appeared in a team-best 32 games earning a win or save in 18 of ECU's 33 victories ... Posted an 11-3 record with seven saves ... First Division I pitcher to win 10 games in 2014 ... Fanned a career-high 76 batters while walking just 11, which ranks 11th nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.91) ... Including K-to-BB ratio, also stands among the NCAA leaders (top-40) in five other pitching categories including top-15 designations in walks per nine innings (12th/0.99) and wins (12th/11) ... Allowed 27 runs (20 earned) in 99.2 innings and registered a 1.81 ERA ... Notched both ECU wins against James Madison in the season opening weekend ... Followed that with a pair of wins in the 2014 LeClair Classic (WKU and Ohio State) ... First Pirate save was against Marshall (Mar. 8) tossing 3.2 scoreless frames with three strikeouts ... Picked up both wins in the doubleheader sweep against Tulane (Mar. 15) marking the first Pirate pitcher to accomplish that feat since Gary Smith in 1987 ... Fanned all four batters he faced in the first game against the Green Wave ... In game two, tossed seven scoreless innings of relief allowing seven hits with a pair of strikeouts ... At No. 12 Rice earned a save on Friday night (Apr. 4) allowing one run (earned) on two hits ... Got the series clinching win against the Owls (Apr. 6) tossing 4.2 scoreless frames with two strikeouts ... Notched additional wins over Charlotte, UMBC, North Carolina and Southern Miss (C-USA Championships) ... Also recorded saves against Charlotte, FAU (twice) and MTSU (twice) ... Worked at least 1.0 inning of relief in all 32 games (4.0 IP or more 10 times with a season-high 7.0 vs. Tulane) ... Five of 11 wins and all seven saves were against C-USA opponents ... Had 18 shutout relief appearances ... Did not allow an earned run in 22 of 32 contests ... Struck out multiple batters 24 times with a season-high six against JMU (Feb. 16) ... Didn't issue a walk in 24 outings ... Currently ranked 18th among NCAA active leaders in fewest walks per nine innings (1.29) ... Finished among the C-USA leaders (all games) in 12 statistical categories including wins (second), appearances (fourth), ERA (fifth), innings pitched (fifth) and saves (sixth) ... Led ECU in six pitching categories ... Became the 11th recipient of the honorary No. 23 jersey worn by the late ECU Head Coach Keith LeClair ... Took home Williams Jungle Pitcher-of-the-Year Award ... Named semi-finalist for Gregg Olson Award (college's Breakout Player-of-the-Year) ... Also named to NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Midseason and College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher-of-the-Year Watch Lists.
2013: Appeared in 18 games making 15 starts in first year of the Pirate program ... Posted a 6-2 record tying Jeff Hoffman with the team lead in wins ... Allowed 55 runs (48 earned) on 122 hits in 96.0 innings for a 4.50 ERA ... Fanned 45 batters while walking 17, which ranked second in Conference USA and 72nd nationally ... Worked at least six full innings in eight starts ... Allowed three or fewer runs in seven starts ... Recorded at least five strikeouts four times with a season-high seven at Elon (Mar. 27) ... Made ECU debut getting the start against No. 25 Virginia (Feb. 16) ... Gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits over six innings with a pair of punch outs in a no-decision ... In next three starts notched wins against Boston College (Feb. 22), St. John's and Monmouth (Mar. 9) going at least seven full frames in each outing ... First relief appearance was against Campbell (Mar. 13) where he allowed one run on one hit in one-third of an inning ... Improved to 4-0 with win at Jacksonville (Mar. 16) despite allowing six runs (all earned) on a season-high 13 hits with five strikeouts ... Suffered first loss at No. 28 Houston (Mar. 23) giving up four runs (all earned) on seven hits in 6.1 innings ... Had a strong showing against instate rival NC State (Apr. 2) surrendering four runs (two earned) on seven hits in seven frames ... Also ranked among the staff leaders in starts (t1st), innings pitched (second), win-loss percentage (2nd/.750), strikeouts (third) and appearances (t4th) ... Pirates posted an 11-4 record with Williams as the starter ... Posted a 4-2 ledger with a 4.75 ERA as a starter ... Notched wins in relief against Elon (Mar. 27) and Gardner-Webb (Apr. 30) - both coming on the road ... Had five quality starts ranking third on the team behind Jeff Hoffman (11) and David Lucroy (seven) ... When on the bump, ECU outscored its opponents 117-94 ... Fanned multiple batters in 12 of 18 appearances ... Recorded multiple assists on nine occasions ... Picked off lone runner against St. John's (Mar. 2) ... Allowed three of six inherited runners to score ... Posted an ERA of 1.20 or better when working the first (1.20), second (0.60), fourth (0.00) and ninth (0.00) frames ... Sported a 1.000 fielding percentage recording four putouts and 23 assists in 27 chances ... Turned a pair of double plays (Monmouth and Gardner-Webb) ... Allowed three home runs - all solo shots ... Started against Southern Miss (May 25) in the Conference USA Tournament allowing five runs (all earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts in a no-decision ... Made eight starts in league play posting an 0-1 record with a 5.36 ERA ... Surrendered 27 runs (25 earned) on 62 hits with 17 strikeouts in 42.0 frames ... Had four starts against nationally ranked opponents going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA.
West Valley College (2011-12): Two-year player for coach Rich Wiens ... Helped the Vikings to a 41-32 two-year record ... As a freshman posted a 2-1 ledger with six saves out of the bullpen ... Struck out 29 while allowing just three walks in 41.0 innings on his way to Second-Team All-Golden Gate Conference honors ... Moved into a starting roll as a sophomore where he was 8-4 with a 2.20 ERA and three complete games ... Worked 98.1 innings striking out 64 and walking nine ... Fanned four or more batters in eight outings with a season-high seven against Chabot (Mar. 6) ... Picked up lone save at Mission (Mar. 10) ... Named first-team all-conference and took home Golden Glove honors.
Ann Sobrato High School: Seven-time letterwinner for the Bulldogs (baseball 4, basketball 3) ... Member of Bulldogs team under coach Ulises Gutirrez that record 71 wins over a four-year period ... As a freshman posted a 2.33 ERA as a reliever ... Followed rookie season with a 3-4 record and one save ... Fanned 21 batters while walking eight in 46.1 innings and sporting a 2.42 ERA ... As a junior tossed five complete games on his way to a 9-2 ledger ... Struck out 54 while allowing just five walks in 66.1 innings ... Closed out prep career with a 5-3 record (seven complete games) and one save ... Continued to show solid command walking five and striking out 52 in 70 innings and sporting an impressive 1.50 ERA ... Four time honor roll recipient ... Played travel ball for Terry Hardtke and the Hardtke World of Baseball Braves.
Personal: Full name is Ryan Arthur Williams ... Born November 1, 1991 ... Son of Arthur and Arlene Williams ... Has two siblings (Lindsay and Jessica) ... Father was a quarterback at St. Cloud State and spent 15 years as a professional golfer ... Intended major is criminal justice ... Named to ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll in the Fall of 2012 ... Named to 2012-13 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Career Notes: Third-Team Louisville Slugger All-America selection in 2014 ... First-Team All-Conference USA performer (2014) ... Tied for fifth in the single-season annuals in wins (11) and appearances (32) - both in 2014 ... Became the 10th hurler in program history (first since Justin Bristow in 2008) to claim the pitching triple crown, which consists of leading the club in wins, ERA and strikeouts ... Finished senior season ranked among ECU single-season leaders in appearances (t5th/32), relief appearances (t5th/32), wins (t5th/11) ... Transferred into program after spending two years at West Valley College.
Career Numbers at ECU: 17-5, 7 SVs, 3.13 ERA, 195.2 IP, 50 games (15 starts), 210 Hs, 82 Rs, 68 ERs, 28 BBs, 121 Ks, 3 CB SHOs.
Career-Highs - innings pitched: 8.0 vs. St. John's (3/2/13); strikeouts: 7 at Elon (3/27/13); walks: 3 (twice, last at Houston 3/23/13); hits: 13 at Jacksonville (3/16/13); runs: 6 (3 times, last vs. Rice 4/7/13); earned runs: 6 (twice, last vs. Rice 4/7/13).