|19 Travis Watkins|
Redshirt Sophomore Has Thrown Out 40 Percent Of Runners In 2015
Houchins Collects Five Hits And Two RBI In Twin-Bill
Sophomore Is Two-Time Watch List Nominee
Lowery Extends Hit Streak To Eight Games, Watkins Collects Two Hits
Houchins Drives In Both Runs Extending Hit Streak To Eight Games
All-conference and Johnny Bench Award candidate ... Should open season behind the plate after receiving medical redshirt in 2014 ... Great defender with strong arm who can hit for average ... 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 (Apr. 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 (Apr. 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 games from Mar. 24-Apr. 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 ... Batted .375 or better in the first (.400), fourth (.444), seventh (.400) and ninth (.375) innings ... 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 career-best 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 ... Five-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient (Fall of 2012-pres.) ... Two-time Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll member (2013-14).