|19 Travis Watkins|
Watkins Belts Two Home Runs And Drives In Six, Bridges Strikes Out Six In Relief
Pirates Recorded 12 Hits But Only Scored One Run In First Loss Of NCAA Post-Season
Pirates Hit Three Home Runs In 8-4 Win Over Tribe
Pirates Advance To First Regional Final Since 2011
Pirates Win First Regional Game Since 2012
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.