Williams-Sutton and Kruczynski take home postseason honors

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GREENVILLE, N.C. East Carolina freshman Dwanya Williams-Sutton was named Baseball America First-Team Freshman All-America, while junior Evan Kruczynski was named Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-America both publications announced Monday morning.

Williams-Sutton, who was also named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, led The American in batting average (.360) and on-base percentage (.455), while ranking second in slugging percentage (.551).

The Wilson, N.C. native became the first Pirate since Brian Cavanaugh to lead a conference in batting average (.382) back in 2005 when ECU was a member of Conference USA.

The freshman outfielder has started 55 of 56 games, belted five home runs, laced four triples and 11 doubles (20 extra base hits), while scoring 31 runs, driving in 27 and swiping 7 of 12 bases.

Williams-Sutton, who also took home First-Team All-American Athletic Conference honors, earned league player-of-the-week honors twice (Feb. 29 and May 23) and tallied six game-winning RBI with four coming in league play.

Williams-Sutton is the 14th Freshman All-America selection in school history and second under head coach Cliff Godwin. Last year Joe Ingle was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America squad.

Kruczynski picked up his second postseason accolade following his Third-Team All-America selection from D1Baseball.com. The lefty, who also took home First-Team All-American Athletic Conference and All-Charlottesville Regional honors, posted an 8-1 record with a league second-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 ranked second-most on the school’s single-game charts.

He is 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 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.

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