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Austin Kitchen
Austin  Kitchen

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, Pa.

High School:
Mount Lebanon HS

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 210

Position:
LHP

Bats/Throws:
L/L


Named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll (2015-16) for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for the academic year … His eight career saves through two seasons ranks 12th-tied on the CCU all-time list.

2017 (So.): Led the team in both appearances (24) and saves (six) … Ranked eighth in the Sun Belt with his six saves ... Overall, was 2-2 with a 4.04 ERA … ERA was as low as 1.80 through his first 15 appearances before allowing nine earned runs over next four appearances (4.0 innings) … However, he bounced back over his last five appearances (11.2 innings) to close the season with three saves, 2.31 ERA, three earned runs, four walks and eight strikeouts … Early in the season, went 1-0 with two saves during CCU’s five-game win streak ... Faced just 12 batters and threw just 2.2 innings over his three games but had at least one strike out in each game … First, earned the save at UNC Wilmington (3/1) as he entered in ninth inning with a runner on and CCU leading by three … Faced 2 batters, got strikeout and fly out … Versus San Francisco (3/3) he earned the save as he entered in ninth with CCU leading 7-5, allowed hit before getting strikeout, fly out and ground out … Rounded out streak by getting the win versus Winthrop as he entered with game tied in sixth, got strikeout to end sixth and CCU scored in the bottom half … Credited with the win in game one of Illinois DH, pitching 1.1 scoreless and allowing one hit … Was the tough-luck loser at #7 North Carolina ... Allowed three hits and four runs over 1.2 innings, but just one run was earned in the 7-6 loss ... Tied season-high with 3 K’s … Pitched in all three games at South Alabama, getting third save of season in game two … Recorded a four-inning save in game two at UL Monroe as he allowed three hits and one run with no walks and 4 K’s … Pitched twice at UTA (games two and three) for a total of 3.0 innings with all zeros … Struck out a season-high four (second-best K-effort of career) in 3.2 innings in getting the save in game two vs Appalachian State.

2016 (Fr.): Named Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American … Was Coastal’s go-to left-hander out of the bullpen … Was 4-0 with two saves in 21 appearances. … Opponent’s only managed a .185 batting average which ranks second on the CCU single-season list (trailing 2016 teammate Mike Morrison’s .169) … Prior to starting in game two versus Campbell and as a relief pitcher, was 4-0 with two saves and a 1.38 ERA and a .135 opponent batting average ... In 18 app (39.0 innings) allowed just nine walks with 33 strikeouts … However, struggled in his last three appearances (Campbell, Radford at Bog South Tournament and North Carolina State at NCAA Regional) due to injury that, allowing nine runs in 3.1 innings and forcing him to miss the Super Regional and College World Series ... Only allowed six runs in his previous 18 outings (39 innings) … Was involved in two of CCU’s shutouts, getting a three-inning save in one (Charleston Southern) .. Got his first collegiate win at UNC Wilmington (Mar. 16) ... Pitched 1.2 innings in relief, allowing two hits, one run and one walk with two strikeouts … Followed that outing by getting his first career save in the Longwood finale ... Despite CCU’s 9-2 lead, earned a three-inning save as he retired all nine batters he faced with a season-high five punch outs … Pitched 2.2 scoreless innings with a walk and two K’s in game two versus Gardner-Webb … Allowed just two hits in 3.1 innings at #6 South Carolina and one run (scored on wild pitch from another pitcher) ... Struck out three Gamecocks with no walks … Earned the win with a dominating performance in relief in the Radford finale ... Pitched 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit ... Entered with CCU leading 6-1, bases loaded and no outs ... Got a ground out which produced a RU run to make score 6-2 then got a strikeout and fly out to end threat … Got the win at #13 North Carolina ... Pitched three innings in relief ... Allowed two hits … Gave CCU a chance in the Georgia Tech finale ... Entered in the third inning with CCU down 4-1 and pitched 4.1 scoreless, allowing one hit and fanning three … Improved to 4-0, getting the win in the Liberty finale ... Pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk with two strikeouts … Had a three-inning save in the 6-0 Charleston Southern finale ... Allowed one hit, no run and no walks with two strikeouts … At the Big South Championship, struck out the side in seventh inning versus Radford but allowed three baserunners in the eighth that all scored to tie the game, 5-5.

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Selected to play in the 2015 WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association 12th annual AAAA vs AAA All-Star game … Named Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and QuadASports.com All-Section 5 … Tabbed Quad-A Pitcher of the Year and first team All-Section 5 as well as the Pittsburgh South Hills Almanac’s MVP … As a senior, went 6-1 with a 2.29 ERA and 0.95 WHIP ... In 51 innings, registered a school-record 85 strikeouts … Led Mt. Lebanon to a 15-3 record and 12-0 mark in league play to be the top-ranked team in WPIAL AAAA through the regular season … As a junior, was 6-1 with 61 strikeouts and batted .380 while setting a school record with a 1.07 ERA.

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