INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Southern Vermont College infielder Zac Cronk (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) proved to be the hardest player to strike out in NCAA's Division III during the 2019 season.
Upon crowning its 2019 DIII baseball national champion in Chapman University, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) finalized its statistical rankings. Among the leaders was Cronk who goes down in the books as the hardest player to strike out during the campaign.
"This is a really great honor for Zac," said former SVC head coach Adam Skonieczki. "It was an incredible transformation at the plate for him in just one year. To only strike out two times in a season—with as many at bats as he had—is truly remarkable. Being only a sophomore, he has a very bright future, and I am excited to watch his continued development."
Cronk went down by way of the K just twice in '19 with him looking at the third strike once through his 116 plate appearances. Not only did Cronk put the bat on the ball—but he was also able to register consistently-positive contact by chalking up a .294 batting average throughout the year.
To be eligible for the stats ranking, a player must tally at least 2.5 at bats per game played while participating in at least 75 percent of the team's games. Cronk had 109 at bats in his 31 games played (3.5) while seeing time in 97 percent of the Mountaineers' contests in 2019.
Crown College's Chad Herrera also struck out just two times, but the freshman had only 95 at bats for a 47.5 percentage compared to Cronk's 54.5.
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