GREENVILLE, N.C. (ECU) – ECU sophomore Jake Kuchmaner has been named the American Athletic Conference Pitcher-of-the-Week and has been tabbed as one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players-of-the-Week after earning a win at No. 9 Ole Miss, while senior Turner Brown was named to the AAC Honor Roll.
Kuchmaner nearly made history on Wednesday, March 6 coming one out away from tossing the 11th no-hitter in program history against the Rebels. The lefty, who retired the first 13 batters he faced, registered a career-high nine strikeouts (four looking), fanned multiple batters in an inning three times and allowed just four batters to reach base. Through eight frames, he had allowed a pair of runners to reach base (hit by pitch/fifth inning, strikeout-wild pitch/sixth inning). In the ninth inning, Kuchmaner struck out the first two batters and fell behind in the count (3-0) to pinch hitter Michael Fitzsimmons. After getting a pair of strikes, Fitzsimmons drew a walk which was followed by Thomas Dillard’s single to left field – the first for the Rebels on the afternoon.
Brown earned his first career AAC Honor Roll selection after helping ECU to a 4-1 week. The Whiteville, N.C. native batted .421 (8-for-19) on the week collecting at least one hit in four of five games including a pair of three-hit contests against Marist. In the series finale against the Red Foxes, he tied an ECU single-game record with two triples (third and fourth innings) and on Saturday belted his first home run of the year. In all, Brown reached base 11 times (eight hits, walk, two hit by pitches) for a .500 on-base percentage, scored four runs and drove in a pair while slugging .842 on the week.
With Kuchmaner’s pitcher-of-the-week honors, it marks the third time this season a Pirate has earned AAC weekly accolades following Jake Agnos (pitcher) and Alec Burleson (player) selections on Feb. 25. Brown is the second player this year to be named to the weekly honor roll after Burleson was named on Feb. 18.
No. 14 ECU (12-5) will be back in action on Tuesday, March 12 when it travels to No. 24 Duke (11-5) at the DBAP with a 4 p.m. (ET) scheduled first pitch.