Ryan Williams Garners NCBWA Third-Team All-America Honors

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Senior RHP Ryan Williams

June 11, 2014

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DALLAS, Texas - Less than a week after being selected in the 10th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Amateur Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs, East Carolina senior Ryan Williams was named Third-Team All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), the organization announced Wednesday.

The right-hander, who earned Louisville Slugger Third-Team All-America honors last month by Collegiate Baseball, led the Pirates in six pitching categories and became the 10th hurler in program history to claim the pitching triple crown, which consists of leading the club in wins, ERA and strikeouts.

Williams, who became the first Division I pitcher to win 10 games this season, closed out the season with an 11-3 record with seven saves in 32 appearances, picking up a win or save in 18 of the Pirates 33 victories earning him First-Team All-Conference USA honors.

The Morgan Hill, Calif. native struck out 76 batters while walking just 11 and ranks 10th nationally in strikeout-to-walk ration (6.91). Williams allowed 27 runs (20 earned) in 99.2 innings and registered a 1.81 ERA.

Williams, the 11th recipient of the honorary No. 23 jersey worn by the late ECU Head Coach Keith LeClair, also took home the Williams Jungle Pitcher-of-the-Year award and was named to the NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Midseason, College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher-of-the-Year and Gregg Olson Award Watch Lists.

Williams is the 25th All-America selection in program.