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Kruz gets CLASS honor; Home-heavy volleyball slate


ECU pitcher Evan Kruczynski throws batting practice to a participant in the Cliff Godwin Baseball Camp at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Monday morning.


ECU, Staff reports

Friday, June 16, 2017

Pitcher Evan Kruczynski made East Carolina baseball history Friday, becoming the first player in program history to earn a Senior CLASS All-America honor.

Kruczynski, who was a senior on this year’s Pirate team and earlier this week was drafted in the ninth round of the MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, was a first-team selection by the organization.

To be eligible for a Senior CLASS Award, a student-athlete must have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Holy Cross’ Anthony Critelli was named the top Senior CLASS Award winner.

Kruczynski is a two-time American Athletic Conference all-academic selection and a four-time ECU director of athletics honor roll member.

An active member in the community, Kruczynski helped the Pirates devote more than 2,000 hours working with various programs in the Pitt County, including at Cypress Glenn Retirement Community Flood Relief and with Riley’s Army, ACES for Autism, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and others. During the last two years, the Pirates also raised more than $11,000 during the team’s Mustache March fundraiser for ALS Awareness.

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 was a third-team All-American by D1Baseball as a junior.

Volleyball schedule

The East Carolina volleyball team will play 18 matches inside Minges Coliseum to highlight this season’s schedule, which was released by school officials in its entirety Friday.

ECU will begin in late August with the East Carolina Invitational in Minges. It will play William and Mary on Aug. 25 and then Georgia State and Rutgers on Aug. 26.

After three matches for a tournament in Florida, the Pirates will then play six straight at home from Sept. 8 to Sept. 19. That stretch includes the East Carolina Classic, with contests against Hampton, Gardner-Webb, The Citadel and Winthrop.

“(To) have a total of 18 home matches this season, that is up from only 10 home matches last year,” coach Julie Torbett said. “We are happy to get return visits from Georgia State and North Carolina A&T as well as welcome a Big 10 opponent in Rutgers to Greenville.”

With the addition of Wichita State to the American Athletic Conference, the league has decided to keep the conference schedule at 20 matches with an imbalanced setup. ECU this season will have nine league matches at home, playing home-and-home series against all teams except for road-only matches against Temple and Connecticut.


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April 23, 2018

East Carolina moved back into the top-10 of the two major college baseball polls Monday, one day before traveling to Raleigh to take on rival and fellow top-10 squad N.C. State.

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April 21, 2018

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April 20, 2018

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April 17, 2018

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The weekly shakeup in college baseball’s national rankings saw East Carolina ranked No. 11 by Baseball America and Duke at No. 8 heading into their game tonight in Durham. D1baseball.com has the Blue Devils (30-7) ninth and ECU (26-9) at No. 12.

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