|19 Travis Watkins|
The award recognizes academic achievement, leadership and service to the university and community
Travis Watkins and Nicole Laduca named Mr./Mrs. Pirate
Watkins And Yorgen Each Record Two Hits, Bolka Reaches Base Three Times
Watkins Hits Third Homer Of Season, Wolfe Notches Fifth Win
Watkins Drives In Four Runs And Lamm Collects Four Hits
Named one of three team captains … All-America and Johnny Bench Award candidate … Will open season behind the plate … Great defender with strong arm who can hit for average … 2015: Johnny Bench Award semifinalist … Started 60 games (58/C, 2/DH) as a redshirt sophomore … Batted .292 (62-for-212) with three home runs, five doubles, 36 RBI and 28 runs scored … Drew 18 walks, was hit twice and struck out 31 times … Swiped 6 of 8 bases including a single-game career-high four at Elon (Mar. 15) … Tallied 10 total sacrifices and stood 20th nationally with seven sac flies … Belted first career homer (two-run shot) against UNC Greensboro (Feb. 21) in the Keith LeClair Classic … Followed that with a grand slam two-and-half weeks later against the Spartans (Mar. 11) … Last round tripper of the year was a solo shot against UCF (May 20) in the AAC Tournament … Tied Reid Love with six game-winning RBI (St. John’s/Feb. 22, Albany/Feb. 28, Monmouth/Mar. 8, Tulane/April 3, UCF/April 25, Cincinnati/May 15) … Ranked second on the team with 16 two-out RBI (trailed only Luke Lowery/25) … AAC Honor Roll selection (Mar. 9) … Ranked fourth on the team with 16 multi-hit games, while sharing second with seven multi-RBI contests … Had career-long 14-game hit streak from Mar. 3-21 where he batted an impressive .538 (28-for-52) with a home run, 11 RBI, eight runs and nine multi-hit games … He also reached base safely in 17 straight games (Feb. 28-Mar. 24) … Collected a season-high five hits at Elon (Mar. 15) going 5-for-5 with an RBI, run scored and four stolen bases … Also added hit streaks of six and five games … Picked off one runner on the season (vs. Connecticut/May 1) … Was behind the plate for 12 of ECU’s pickoffs … Scored at least one 21 games (multiple seven times) … Had a three-game streak (April 12-17) where he scored a run … Collected at least one hit in 39 of 60 games, while driving in one at least one run on 26 occasions … Legged out doubles against UNC Greensboro, Elon, Princeton, Connecticut and Cincinnati … Recorded double-digit putouts in 10 contests with a career-best 14 against Memphis (Mar. 29) Monmouth … Threw out 18 of 47 base runners (38.3 percent) from behind the plate … Committed just three errors in 429 chances for a .993 fielding percentage … Recorded 388 putouts, 38 assists while turning one double play … Ranked among the team leaders (top 5) in sac flies (first), at-bats (second), RBI (second), games started (second), stolen bases (third), average (fourth), hits (fourth), home runs (t4th) and total bases (76/fifth) … Batted anywhere from second to eighth in the lineup, primarily in the fourth through sixth spots … ECU posted a 38-20 record in games which he started behind the plate … In league play batted .267 (23-for-86) with a pair of doubles, 15 RBI and 11 runs scored … Started all six postseason games (4/AAC Tournament, 2/Coral Gables Regional).
2014: Played in nine games making eight starts (7/C, 1/DH) before suffering season-ending injury … Preseason Johnny Bench Award Watch List candidate for second-straight year … Batted .360 (9-for-25) with five RBI … Collected a pair of hits in season debut against James Madison (Feb. 14) going 2-for 3 with an RBI … In all, recorded four multi-hit games (Campbell, Virginia Commonwealth, Marshall) … Drove in a season-high three runs against Campbell in an 8-3 victory … Drew four walks (JMU twice, Virginia, Marshall) … Stole lone base against JMU (Feb. 16) … Recorded two sacrifices … Committed one error in 55 chances for a .982 fielding percentage … Registered 48 putouts and six assists … Recorded four two-out RBI to rank fourth among returning players in 2015.
2013: Earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors after batting .267 (28-for-105) with four doubles and 16 RBI … Named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List (April 9), which is given annually to the top Division I collegiate catcher … Started 34 of 44 games behind the plate … Posted eight multi hit and two multi RBI contests … Made collegiate debut against No. 25 Virginia (Feb. 15) in the season opener behind the plate … Drove in first career run in the season opener against the Cavaliers when he reached on a throwing error and Bryan Bass scored from third base … Collected first career hit the next day against UVA (Feb. 16) going 2-for-4 with another RBI … Recorded at least one hit in 20 of 38 games with at least one official at-bat … Collected first career game-winning RBI at UAB (April 19) on a sac fly in the sixth inning scoring Chase McDonald … Legged out doubles against UNC Wilmington, N.C. Central, Tulane and UAB … Authored a pair of three-game and one four-game hit streak … During career-long hit streak (Mar. 24-30) batted .545 (6-for-11) with an RBI … Reached base safely in six-straight games from Mar. 24-April 6 … Scored nine runs and drew 12 walks … Threw out 13 base runners from behind the plate … Gunned down 4 of 6 base stealers in games against nationally ranked opponents … Tied for second on the club with seven total sacrifices (4/SF, 3/SH) … Stole lone base against Southern Miss (May 3) … Posted a .993 fielding percentage committing two errors, recorded 246 putouts and 34 assists in 282 chances … Turned a pair of double plays (St. Johns/Mar. 1, Houston/Mar. 24) … Pirates posted a .500 record (17- 17) in his 34 starts behind the dish … Batted primarily in the ninth spot of the order (33 times) … Batted .263 (26-for-99) with three doubles and 15 RBI as a starter … Was behind the plate for eight of ECU’s 12 pickoffs … Successfully executed 3 of 4 sac bunt attempts … Appeared in a pair of Conference USA Tournament games getting the start against Houston (May 23) … Batted .238 (10-for-42) with a pair of doubles and four RBI in 18 league games, where he made 13 starts … Against nationally ranked opponents batted a team third-best .320 (8-for-25) with three RBI and a pair of runs scored … Started 8 of 9 contests against ranked foes … Recorded double-digit putouts in six contests with a season-high 12 against Monmouth (Mar. 10).
Cox Mill High School: Two-sport athlete that has earned five varsity letters (baseball 4, basketball 1) … Three-time team captain for the Chargers under head coach J.D. Vidal … During sophomore season batted .410 on his way to South Piedmont All-Conference and team MVP honors … As a junior batted .408 (31-for-84) with two home runs, 21 RBI, eight doubles and 21 runs scored … Swiped 9 of 10 base attempts … Posted a .964 fielding percentage with 76 assists … Threw out 75 percent of would be base stealers (9 of 12) … Recorded 11 multi-hit and eight multi RBI games … Collected a season-high three hits against A.L. Brown (3/22/11) and Central Cabarrus (5/5/11) … Against Mount Pleasant (3/11/11) drove in a season-high three runs in the Chargers 6-5 win … On the mound started 5 of 13 games posting a 3-3 ledger with a 6.30 ERA … Fanned 32 batters and walked just 13 in 36.2 innings … Earned second-straight South Piedmont All-Conference designation as well as Cox Mill’s Offensive Player Award … Named All-Cabarrus Team by The Charlotte Observer … Named preseason Atlantic Region Honorable Mention by Perfect Game … Boasted an impressive .494 (38-for-90) average belting three home runs … Legged out nine doubles and one triple … Drove in 25 runs while scoring 14 times … Recorded 12 multi-hit and six multi-RBI games … Struck out just six times, while drawing 10 walks for a .556 on-base percentage … Swiped just one base … Posted a .979 fielding percentage with 33 assists and 106 putouts … Boasted a 1.81 ERA in 15 appearances (five starts) and a 6-2 record for the Chargers … Logged 62 strikeouts to just 20 walks in 50.1 frames … Garnered third-straight South Piedmont All-Conference accolades and took home his second team MVP award … Named All Cabarrus Team by The Charlotte Observer for the second straight season … Four year North Carolina scholar athlete, Beta Club and National Honors Society member … Played travel ball for Andy Partin and Lee Land of the Dirtbags … Listed as the top senior prep catcher in North Carolina by Impact Baseball … Participated in the 2011 PG WWBA World Baseball Championships (Jupiter, Fla.), 2011 PG WWBA 2012 Grads/17U National Championships (Marietta, Ga.), 2009-10 PG WWBA Underclassmen World Championships (Fort Myers, Fla.) and the 2008 14U OG BCS Finals (Fort Myers, Fla.).
Personal: Full name is Travis Alan Watkins … Born January 1, 1994 … Son of Alan and Kim Watkins … Majoring in business management … Seven-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient (Fall of 2012-pres.) … Two-time Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll member (2013-14) … Named to 2014 15 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.