GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina sophomore catcher Travis Watkins will miss the remainder of the 2014 baseball season due to an elbow injury head coach Billy Godwin announced Monday afternoon.
As a freshman, Watkins started 34 of 44 games behind the plate and batted .267 with four doubles and 16 RBI on his way to earning Conference USA All-Freshman Team accolades. The Concord, N.C. native, who made his collegiate debut against Virginia in the 2013 season opener, posted eight multi-hit contests and collected a hit in 20 of 38 games with an official at-bat.
Watkins has played in nine games (seven behind the plate) this season, where he batted .360 (9-for-15) with five RBI and four walks. He collected his second career game-winning RBI against Marshall on March 8 with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning that scored Ian Townsend in a 1-0 victory.
Prior to the start of the season, Watkins was one of 72 catchers named on the official 2014 Johnny Bench Award Watch List, which is given annually to the top Division I collegiate catcher. He is the fifth catcher in program history to be named to the watch list following Jake Smith (2006 winner), Corey Kemp (2007-08 semifinalist), Jared Avchen (2010) and Zach Wright (2010-12). Watkins is also just the third Pirate backstop to be named to the watch list twice in his career, joining Kemp and Wright.
The Pirates (10-10) will return to action Wednesday, Mar. 19 when they host Virginia Commonwealth (15-3) at 6 p.m. (ET) at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.