CLEARWATER, Fla. (ECU) – For the fourth time this season, ECU junior Jake Agnos has been named the American Athletic Conference Pitcher-of-the-Week while freshman Thomas Francisco has been selected to the honor roll, the league announced Monday morning.
The Haymarket, Va. native worked five scoreless frames against Memphis where he struck out 10 batters and allowed just three hits and three walks. Agnos extended is consecutive scoreless inning streak to 31.0 frames, which is a modern day school record. With this 10 punch outs, he set the ECU and AAC single-season strikeout record (124) and registered double-digit punch outs for the fifth time this season. He fanned at least one batter in all five frames (multiple three times) and struck out the side in the second and third innings.
Francisco earned his first career weekly honor from The American after batting a team-best .636 (7-for-11) during ECU’s 3-1 week. The Abingdon, Va. native drove in four runs on the week and tallied his fourth game-winning RBI in the series opener against Memphis with a two-RBI single in the third frame during ECU’s 19-10 win. He registered multiple hits in all three games against the Tigers including a career-high three in the series clinching win. In all, Francisco reached base 12 times on the week recording seven singles, two walks and was hit by a pitch three times.
With the duos honor, it marks the 16th and 17th time this season a Pirate has earned AAC weekly accolades following Agnos (pitcher/Feb. 25; pitcher/April 1; pitcher/April 22, pitcher/May 20), Turner Brown (honor roll/March 11), Spencer Brickhouse (player/March 25), Alec Burleson (honor roll/Feb. 18; player/Feb. 25; honor roll/April 1, player/May 6, player/May 13), Francisco (honor roll/May 20), Jake Kuchmaner (pitcher/March 11; pitcher/March 18, honor roll/April 29), Bryant Packard (player/April 29) and Jake Washer (honor roll/April 22).
ECU (42-13) will open the 2019 American Baseball Championships on Tuesday, May 21 when it plays Wichita State (26-29) at approximately 12:30 p.m. at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla.