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Tyler Joyner To Return For Senior Season

Go Tigers! Left-hander Tyler Joyner to return for senior season in 2013
Go Tigers!
Left-hander Tyler Joyner to return for senior season in 2013
Go Tigers!

July 16, 2012

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Following the July 13th signing deadline for all 2012 Major League First Year Player Draftees, left-handed pitcher Tyler Joyner is returning the East Carolina for his senior season in 2013.

The Red Oak, N.C. native, who was selected in the 35th round (pick 1,063) by the Kansas City Royals, is the lone ECU selection returning to the Pirates following the MLB Draft in June.

Joyner's return along with fellow classmate Andy Smithmyer, junior's Tanner Merritt and Drew Reynolds as well as sophomore Jeff Hoffman, will once again solidify a talented pitching staff that ranked 43rd nationally in ERA (3.35) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.41), while also ranking in the Top-50 in three other categories in 2012.

Under newly appointed associate head coach Dan Roszel's tutelage, the 2012 Pirate pitching staff ranked among the Conference USA leaders in 10 statistical categories including fewest walks (176/1st), saves (20/1st), ERA (2nd), opposing batting average (.248/2nd), pick offs (14/2nd), earned runs (205/3rd), innings pitched (550.2/3rd), total strikeouts (424/3rd), strikeouts looking (133/3rd) and wins (36/4th).

Tyler Joyner - 2012 Biographical Sketch
Appeared in 17 games (12 starts) posting a 6-2 record with a 3.01 ERA in 92.2 innings pitched ... Struck out 68 batters to just 12 walks, ranking 18th nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.67) ... Second on the team with seven quality starts ... Tossed consecutive complete games against UAB (Mar. 31) and Houston (Apr. 6) ... Named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher-of-the-Year Watch List ... Earned C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week honors after tossing his first career complete game against UAB ... Third on the squad with six wins ... Struck out a career-best eight batters against UAB ... Added a trio of seven strikeout performances against Oral Roberts, Penn State and Southern Miss ... Ranked 18th nationally in walks allowed per nine innings (1.17) ... Recorded wins against Milwaukee, Western Carolina, Oral Roberts, UAB, Houston and Cornell in the Chapel Hill Regional ... Worked into the seventh inning in seven of 12 starts ... Ranked among C-USA leaders in fewest walks (1st) and innings pitched (7th).
Career Notes: Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 50th round (pick 1,505) in 2009.
ECU Career Numbers: 6-2, 3.26 ERA, 94.0 IP, 18 games (12 starts), 92 hits, 42 Rs, 34 ERs, 14 BBs, 69 Ks, 2 CGs.