With the 231st selection in the eighth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, the Seattle Mariners, selected Sacred Heart university pitcher Kody Kerski (Waterbury, Conn.)
Kerski is the second Pioneer in as many years, to be selected in the draft. John Murphy is the program's highest-ever selection, going 194th to the New York Yankees in the 2013 draft. All told, eight Pioneers coached by Nick Giaquinto have now been drafted.
"Kody has been a vital part of two NCAA Regional appearances and four trips to the NEC tournament," said Giaquinto. "Kody continually pushes himself on a daily basis to become the best baseball player he can. It was a treat watching him compete for four years."
A graduate of Crosby High School, Kerski earned Second Team All-NEIBA and Second Team All-NEC honors during a senior season that saw him post a team-best 7-3 record, with wins over Tulane, St. John's and Southeastern Louisiana on his resume. He tossed 85.2 innings and finished with the year with a 2.42 ERA, which ranks 140th in the NCAA entering the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Kerski fanned a team-best 74 opponents, against just 15 walks, for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.93, 39th in the country as of June 2.
Kerski finished his senior campaign among the top pitchers in the NEC, earning Pitcher of the Week accolades on two seperate occasions. He ranked sixth in opposing batting average, .220, and his ERA was good for fifth, while ranking third in innings pitched. His strikeout total ranked second in the NEC, while his five pickoffs was tops in the conference.
Over the course of his four-year career, Kerski posted a 20-13 record and twice tossed complete games in NEC Championship action, to lead the Pioneers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. He finished with 210 strikeouts over 326.2 innings pitched and with an ERA of 4.07. Over this final two seasons, Kerski went 14-5 with 137 strikeouts and a 3.11 ERA.