#8 Karch Kowalczyk
|HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)||La Salle-Peru|
A Preseason All-Horizon League selection entering his senior year.
2013: Recorded the most dominating regular season of any Crusader reliever in program history...appeared in 24 games, all relief appearances...saved Valpo's first win of the season, a 1-0 victory over Ohio in Nashville on Feb. 16th...got the win against Wright State (Mar. 23) after hurling three shutout innings...earned a two-inning save at Youngstown State (Apr. 13)...slammed the door on #9 Arizona State to notch his fourth save of the season (Apr. 21) after striking out three Sun Devils in 1 1/3 innings pitched the night before (Apr. 20)...didn't allow his first run of the season until May 4th versus Milwaukee...tallied two saves in Valpo's home series against Youngstown State (May 16-17)...saved all three Crusader wins in the Horizon League Conference Tournament (May 23, 25-26), garnering him MVP honors...named the Horizon League Relief Pitcher of the Year...carried a 0.36 regular season ERA...racked up 12 saves...named to National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America's 2014 Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List...also named to Horizon League Preseason All-League Team as a pitcher.
2012: Sat out season as a medical redshirt due to elbow surgery.
2011: Made 17 starts in the infield and made 12 relief appearances during his sophomore campaign ... had back-to-back RBI games at Cal State Northridge (Feb. 27) ... had eight straight appearances without an earned run (Feb. 28-April 12) ... pitched a scoreless inning of relief to earn a save against UIC (April 2) ... picked up the win in relief against Youngstown State (April 17) ... named to Horizon League’s Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2010: Played in 43 games while making 42 starts as a freshman … collected first collegiate hit at McNeese State (Feb. 19) … had back-to-back multi-hit games against Richmond and Jacksonville (Feb. 27-28) … compiled seven-game hitting streak from April 2 to April 10 … had season-high four hits and four RBI against Wabash (April 5) … tripled at South Carolina (March 9) … hit .255 on the year with eight multi-hit efforts.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Cavaliers ... a Second Team All-State selection by Prep Baseball Report in Illinois as a senior ... a three-time First Team All-North Central Illinois Conference selection ... earned First Team All-Area honors as a sophomore, junior, and senior ... named Area Player of the Year in 2009 ... twice named team’s Most Valuable Player ... set school records for career home runs (26), runs batted in, and hits ... drove in a school record 61 runs as a senior ... led team to the Final Four as a senior ... team won two NCIC championships and made three Super Sectional appearances ... a member of National Honor Society ... also lettered in football.
Personal: Karch is the son of Steve and Meg Kowalczyk ... majors are biology and chemistry ... born March 31, 1991.