Kruczynski just missed out on AAC Pitcher of the year last year and was picked to be the Pitcher of the year in the preseason. However, injuries derailed his season and he hasn’t shown the same dominance he had last year when he went 8-1 with a 2.01 ERA in 17 starts. Here’s his stat lines since he came back (right after the series vs. UH):
UCF 4/15: 5IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 2K
Cincy 4/22: 8IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 6K
Tulane 4/29: 5.2IP 8H 7R 7ER 3BB 3K
USF 5/5: 6IP 8H 5R 5ER 0BB 5K
Memphis 5/12: 7IP 7H 3R 3ER 1BB 8K
UCF 5/23: 6IP 8H 2R 1ER 0BB 3K
One note, ECU rested Kruczynski the last weekend of the regular season in order to start him against UCF this past Tuesday. He pitched well, but also threw 102 pitches. He’s coming back on 4 days rest so I wouldn’t expect a long outing from him unless he’s just rolling along.
One thing he doesn’t do this year is walk batters as he’s only walked 7 in 52.1 innings pitched, however, he is giving up more homers this year (5) than he did all of last year (4) as well as more hits. The Coogs should be able to hit him today, but they need to take advantage of their opportunities when they have them.
ECU can mash the ball and have 4 players that hit better than .300 this season: Watkins (.346), Yorgen (.344), Tyler (.340), and Brickhouse (.311). They also have 2 guys that hit 10 home runs: Watkins and Brickhouse. Expect them to score some runs today.
ECU did beat up on John King earlier this year, King went 4.1IP 7H 6ER 6R 0BB 2K, but the Coogs came back to win 9-6 in a game that Freddy Villarreal pitched 4.2 innings of shutout ball. That was probably King’s worst outing of the season.
Don’t be fooled by the 8 seed, this is a good team that is playing for their life in this tourney. They were ranked in the top 10 to start the season for a reason and they have the talent to take them far if they can make it.