14 - Ryan Kruszka
|High School:||Joliet Central|
Coach Farley on Kruszka: "Ryan had an excellent summer in the Great Lakes collegiate league, leading his team to the championship. He has an excellent fastball, and he has worked hard to improve the command of his off-speed stuff. He will be one of our top starters, and he has the mentality to be a very effective closer. Ryan is a strong leader for our team." 2008: Ranked second on the team with 53.2 innings pitched...appeared in 14 games, including a team-high nine as a starter...his .283 opponent batting average was the second-lowest among Butler starters...led the starters with a 2-1 record and a 4.50 ERA in Horizon League games...held league foes to a team-low .249 average in nine appearances...allowed only 42 hits in 44.0 innings of work...struck out a season-high six batters against Youngstown State (March 22), yielding three hits and one run in 7.0 innings...allowed just three hits and no earned runs in 6.0 innings at UIC (April 5)...went eight innings, scattering seven hits and allowing just one run in his next start against Wright State (April 12)...tossed an eight-inning three-hitter against Cleveland State (May 17), allowing just one run while striking out five...2007: Started in eight of his 14 games pitched...led the team's starters with a 2.96 ERA...finished tied for second on the squad with 37 strikeouts and third with 54.2 innings pitched...pitched eight innings in three consecutive starts (3/31, 4/7 and 4/14), allowing just four earned runs in 24 innings (1.50 ERA)...held Cleveland State to just one earned run and struck out seven batters in eight innings (3/31)...limited Milwaukee to one run on five hits in eight innings (4/7)...struck-out a season-high eight batters at Cleveland State (4/14)...tossed four scoreless innings in a start against Wright State (3/17)...2006: Came out of the bullpen in 14 of his 16 appearances...allowed two runs while striking out a pair in three innings in a start against Xavier (4/4)...High School: Captain and two-year starter in baseball at Joliet Central High School...all-conference designated hitter as a junior and all-area pitcher/outfielder as a senior...posted a 7-2 record with 77 strikeouts in final high school season...academic all-conference performer...received an Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete award...earned two varsity letters each in football and baseball...high school coach: John Krebs...Personal: Born August 14, 1986...son of Martin and Julie Kruszka...physical education major.