TUSCON, Ariz. (Feb. 20, 2018) – The national media took notice of ETSU pitcher Micah Kaczor (Tampa, Fla.) this weekend, as Kaczor was named one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players Of The Week earlier this week.
The junior transfer from St. Petersburg was one of five pitchers recognized throughout the nation. Collegiate Baseball included nine total players in its listing, asserting Kaczor’s stat line was one of the best in college baseball last week.
The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1959 college baseball season, according to its press release.
Kaczor picked up a quality start in his ETSU debut on opening day, leading the Bucs to a 6-2 win over Northern Kentucky. In six innings of work, Kaczor struck out 12 batters with zero walks and no earned runs.
“Micah executed pitches and competed,” said ETSU head coach Joe Pennucci yesterday. “Everything starts on the mound. When you pitch like that, it’s easy to play defense and makes scoring a lot more fun.”
In 22 batters faced, Kaczor had complete command by allowing just two hits. He limited NKU to a team average of 0.91 in his six innings.
Kaczor’s 12 strikeouts are tied for the second most among NCAA pitchers after one weekend of baseball. His 12 strikeouts fell just three short of Reid Casey’s ETSU school record of 15 in a game set back in 2001.
Among SoCon pitchers, Kaczor is the only player to throw more than 4.0 innings without allowing a walk. He is also the only conference pitcher with double-digit strikeouts.
Kaczor and the Bucs return to action this weekend at Florida Gulf Coast Feb. 23-25 with Friday’s game beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s first pitch is set for 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
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