|16 Zach Houchins|
2014: Drafted in the 13th round (pick 389) of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels ... First-Team All-Conference USA selection ... Named Williams Jungle Hitter-of-the-Year ... Led team and C-USA in hits (84) becoming the third Pirate in school history to lead the league in total hits (Darryl Lawhorn/2002 and Trent Whitehead/2009) ... Also led the team and ranked among league leaders in average (2nd/.347), total bases (4th/109), doubles (t5th/16), on-base percentage (8th/.398) and slugging percentage (8th/.450) ... Started all 59 games at third base adding three home runs, 26 RBI and six stolen bases (team co-leader) ... Recorded a team-best 27 multi-hit and six multi-RBI games ... Closed out season with a four-game hitting streak (season-high was eight) ... Reached base safely in final 12 contests, which was his second-long streak of the season (previous 19 from Feb. 28-Mar. 28) ... All three round trippers were against C-USA opponents (at ODU, MTSU, at Southern Miss) ... Recorded a season-high four hits on three occasions (at ODU, North Carolina, at Southern Miss), which tied a career-high ... Collected at least one hit in 47 of 59 games (2 hit-20, 3-hit-4, 4-hit-3) ... Scored at least one run in 21 games (multiple runs five times) ... Tied career-high with three RBI against MTSU (Apr. 18) ... Posted a pair of game-winning RBI (at UNCG/10th inning, MTSU/3rd inning) ... Led the club with 19 extra base hits ... Recorded a team-best 148 assists, while turning 15 double plays ... Ranked among the national leaders in hits (23rd) and toughest to strikeout (34th) ... Earned preseason First-Team All C-USA honors from College Sports Madness and Perfect Game.
2013: Earned Second-Team All-Conference USA honors following first year in the Pirate program ... Ranked second on the team batting average (.317/60-for-189), home runs (five) RBI (42) and runs (34) ... Laced a team-best 18 doubles and two triples ... Led the club with six sac flies while adding a sac bunt ... Collected 15 multi-hit and 12 multi-RBI games - the latter leading the team ... Closed out the season reaching base safely in 18-straight games, which started on Apr. 21 ... Ranked among the league leaders in doubles (2nd/18), slugging percentage (3rd/.513), RBI (sixth), and home runs (ninth) ... Posted a team second-best 13-game hit streak (Apr. 23-May 17), where he batted .471 (24-for-51) with nine doubles, 15 RBI, 12 runs and six multi-hit games ... Hit home runs against Illinois (Feb. 21), Jacksonville (Mar. 16), Tulane (Apr. 12), Elon (Apr. 23) and Southern Miss (May 4) ... Collected four game-winning RBI which tied Ben Fultz for second on the team ... At Elon (Mar. 27) ripped a pinch-hit double to left center scoring Bryan Bass and Luke Lowery in the sixth inning ... Recorded a season-high four hits against Tulane (Apr. 12) and Elon (Apr. 23) ... Collected a season-high three RBI on six occasions ... Scored multiple runs seven times with a season-best three against Southern Miss (May 4) ... Legged out a pair of doubles against Elon, Southern Miss (May 3) and Marshall (May 12) ... Recorded four or more assists eight times with a season-high seven against NC State (Apr. 2) ... Had a season-high three putouts twice (Southern Miss, UCF) ... Posted a 1.06 walk-to-strikeout ratio (17 BB, 16 Ks) ... Grounded into just 13 double plays ... Followed that with an RBI double in the first frame against N.C. Central (Mar. 26) in the first inning plating Dylan Brown ... With two outs in the bottom of the 13th against No. 18 Rice, singled to left field scoring Jack Reinheimer in the Pirates 3-2 win ... Drove in the Pirates final run of the season in the eighth inning on a sac fly against Southern Miss in the C-USA Tournament scoring Fultz from third base in a 8-7 win ... Ranked among the national leaders in doubles per game (55th/0.35 pg), sac flies (61st/six), doubles (78th/18) and toughest to strikeout (97th/11.8) ... Batted anywhere between the third and eighth spots in the lineup with 23 games as the cleanup hitter ... Two of five round trippers were solo shots, while two came against C-USA opponents ... Was a perfect 3-for-3 on the base paths swiping bases against UAB (Apr. 20) and Tulane/2 (May 24) ... Registered a team-best nine total bases on two occasions (Tulane/Apr. 12, Elon/Apr. 23) ... Committed 12 errors in 147 chances for a .918 fielding percentage ... Turned 15 double plays, recorded 36 putouts and had 99 assists at the hot corner ... Batted .353 or better in the first (.389), second (.385), fifth (.364), seventh (.364), ninth (.353) and 10th or later (.429) innings ... Ranked fourth on the team with a .322 average (28-for-87) in league games ... Half of his 18 doubles were against C-USA opponents ... Batted .314 (32-for-102) in non conference action trailing Luke Lowery's .375 average ... Earned C-USA All Tournament Team honors after batting .500 (6-for-12) in all three of ECU's games ... Drove in four runs and scored three times ... Stole a pair of bases to lead the tournament field, while ranking third in RBI ... 2013 Summer: Played for the Wilmington Sharks in the Coastal Plain League ... Started 16 of 17 games batting .212 (14-for-66) with six RBI and six runs scored.
Louisburg College (2011-12): Played two years under coach Mike McGuire helping the Hurricanes compile a 75-36 two-year record ... As a freshman batted .349 (60-for-172) with four home runs, 35 RBI, 27 runs, 14 doubles and a triple on his way to second-teal all-regional honors ... Stole 7 of 11 bases, drew nine walks and slugged .640 ... Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 15th round (pick 457) in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Amateur Player Draft ... Listed by Perfect Game as the 74th-best Junior College player in 2011 ... Blasted a pair of home runs against USC Lancaster (Apr. 3, 2011) ... Recorded 19 multi-hit games with a career-best four hits against USC Salkehatchie (Apr. 16, 2011) ... Posted 10 multi-RBI games including a career-best four against Rappahannock CC (Feb. 19, 2011) and USC Lancaster (Apr. 3, 2011) ... Followed solid freshman campaign batting .394 (86 for-218) with 16 home runs, 59 RBI, 68, 20 doubles and a pair of triples ... Walked 26 times and swiped 16 of 18 bases ... Named first-team all-region at the hot corner ... 2012 Summer: Played for the Wilson Tobs in the Coastal Plain League along side ECU Bryan Bass, Tyler Bolton and Tyler Joyner ... Selected to play in the All-Star Game ... Led the Tobs with a .274 (40-for-146) average with a home run and 14 RBI ... Laced 12 doubles and scored 25 runs ... Swiped 4 of 6 bases ... Started all 35 games played ... Listed as the No. 7 prospect in the Coastal Plain League by Baseball America.
Wilson Hunt High School: Three-year letterwinner and team captain for coach Jon Smith at Wilson Hunt ... Two-time Big East All Conference selection (2009-10) ... Batted .350 as a sophomore and .470 with four round trippers during his junior campaign ... Earned 3A North Carolina All-State and Big East Player-of-the-Year honors as a senior after batting .537 (51-for-112) with six home runs, 14 doubles, 31 RBI and 37 runs helping the Warriors to a 28-7 record ... Smacked a pair of home runs against Northern Nash in an 11-1 victory (2010) ... Posted 18 multi-hit and 12 multi-RBI games as a senior ... Scored multiple runs 12 times and had a five game stretch with at least one double ... Started the season with a 17-game hitting streak before going 0-for-3 with a pair of runs against Farmville Central (2010) ... Also lettered in soccer ... Played travel ball for Jon Smith (Bandits) and Rusty Dail (Post 13 Wilson).
Personal: Full name is Zach Michael Houchins ... Born September 16, 1992 ... Son of Mike and Lynn Houchins ... Majoring in communications ... Named to ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll in Fall of 2013.
Career Notes: Two-time All-Conference USA selection (2013-14) ... Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 15th round (pick 457) in the 2011 out of Louisburg College ... Two-year starter at third base for the Pirates ... Recorded 42 multi-hit and 17 multi-RBI games ... Posted six career game-winning RBI ... Played two summers in the Coastal Plain League (Wilson Tobs/2012, Wilmington Sharks/2013) ... Named 2012 CPL All-Star with the Tobs ... Transferred into program after spending two years at Louisburg College.
Career Numbers at ECU: .334 (144-for-431), 111 games (109 starts), 8 HRs, 61 Rs, 68 RBI (6 GW), 34 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 35 BBs, 6 HBPs, 9 SBs, 44 XBHs.
Career-Highs - at-bats: 7 (twice, last at USM 5/10/14); hits: 4 (5 times, last at USM at 5/10/14); RBI: 3 (7 times, last vs. MTSU 4/18/14); home runs: 1 (8 times, last at USM 5/10/14); runs: 3 (twice, last at ODU 4/13/14); stolen bases: 2 (twice, last vs. JMU 2/16/14).