TAB: ECU baseball pitching rotation
By Ronnie Woodward
The Daily Reflector
Friday, February 17, 2017
ON THE MOUND
Evan Kruczynski — East Carolina can relish the fact that Kruczynski’s start today will be his third straight on opening day. The preseason All-American is one of the most proven pitchers in the country thanks to a 16-5 record during his junior and sophomore seasons combined. As a junior, the tall left-hander went at least seven innings in 12 of his 16 starts. Today, he will face another southpaw in Mississippi’s David Parkinson, who posted a 5-3 record with a 2.78 ERA as a sophomore in 2016.
Jacob Wolfe — There was chatter at different points in the offseason that a batch of new talent might push Wolfe out of the weekend rotation, but the senior left-hander had a strong preseason and solidified himself as the Pirates’ No. 2 starting pitcher. He is looking to remain in the Saturday role all season after 2016 saw him shift some throughout the rotation. Wolfe was an innings-eater the last two years, pitching 88 2/3 frames as a sophomore and 88 1/3 a year ago. His career ERA in 44 appearances (32 starts) is 3.12.
Sam Lanier — Who pitches out of the bullpen during the first two games of the season will be the main factor in who starts Sunday, at least for this weekend. If Lanier, a sophomore who was a top bullpen arm as a rookie but has never made a start, is not used Friday or Saturday then he is likely to get the starting nod. If he is used as a reliever, look for Trey Benton or fellow freshman Jake Agnos to start Sunday. Other candidates are Chris Holba, Tyler Smith and Hunter Hood.
Joe Ingle (closer), Matt Bridges, Evan Voliva, Lanier, Holba, Agnos, Luke Bolka, Ryan Ross, Smith.