OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – East Carolina senior pitcher Evan Kruczynski has been named a 2017 Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American in college baseball. For Kruczynski it’s his third career All-America accolade following his junior season when he earned third-team honors by D1 Baseball and honorable mention accolades from Perfect Game.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Holy Cross’ Anthony Critelli was named the 2017 Senior CLASS Award winner.
The southpaw is the third All-America selection this year for the Pirates joining Travis Watkins (First-Team CoSIDA Academic, Third-Team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association) and Charlie Yorgen (Third-Team CoSIDA Academic).
Kruczynski, who is the first Pirate in program history to earn Senior CLASS Award All-America honors, is a two-time American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team selection and a four-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll member.
An active member in the community, Kruczynski helped the Pirates devote over 2,000 hours working with various programs in the Pitt County as the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Team IMPACT, Riley's Army, Cypress Glenn Retirement Community Flood Relief, Red Cross, First Born Community Development Center and the James, ACES for Autism, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital. Over the last two years, he and his teammates have raised over $11,000 during the teams Mustache March fundraiser for ALS Awareness.
A ninth round selection in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Kruczynski has appeared in 10 games posting a 4-3 record with a 4.47 ERA. He finished the season with 48 strikeouts to just seven walks in 56.1 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .279 composite batting average. Making just his second start since returning from an injury, he earned American Athletic Conference Pitcher-of-the-Week honors on April 24 after picking up his first win of the year at Cincinnati. He tossed eight scoreless innings against the Bearcats allowing one hit, which came in the first inning with two outs and then retired the final 22 batters he faced helping ECU to a 6-0 victory. Over the next seven frames, Kruczynski induced 14 ground ball outs and struck out five to go along with the 22-consecutive retired hitters. In all, he set down 24 of 25 batters faced, had 15 ground ball and six strikeouts.
Prior to the start of the 2017 season, he was named one of three team co-captains, selected to a pair of preseason All-America Teams (Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game) as well as The American Co-Pitcher-of-the-Year by the leagues eight head coaches.
In 2016, he posted an 8-1 record with an American Athletic Conference best 2.01 ERA in 17 starts. He struck out 95, walked 27 and allowed 32 runs (26 earned) on 107 hits in 116.2 innings – which was second most on the school's single-game charts.
Kruczynski became the 11th hurler to win the school's pitching Triple Crown, leading the Pirates in wins, ERA and strikeouts. He tallied 14 quality starts (6.0 IP and three or less runs) and set a career high with 13 strikeouts against Tulane on April 8. The Franklin, Wisc. native earned first-team all-conference honors and was one of five Pirates named to the Charlottesville All-Regional Team. He picked up the program's first-ever super regional win (8-6), allowing three runs (all earned) on six hits in 5.2 innings against No. 5 National Seed Texas Tech in the Lubbock Super Regional.
During his four-year career with the Pirates, Kruczynski owned a 20-8 record in 46 appearances (43 starts) with a 3.00 ERA. He struck out 216 batters while walking just 61 in 273.1 innings.