June 12, 2009

Butler Right-Hander Kruszka To Continue Career In Pros

Graduated pitcher Ryan Kruszka will continue his baseball career in the professional ranks, as the Butler right-hander signed to play for the Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums of the Frontier League.

"Our coaching staff is excited to see Ryan get this well-deserved opportunity," Butler head coach Steve Farley said.  "He pitched in some big games during his Butler career, and he is an intense competitor.  It is every college player's dream to get a shot at the next level, and I know Ryan will make the most of this opportunity."

A native of Elwood, Ill., Kruszka completed his collegiate career this spring, appearing in a team-high 18 contests - including seven starts.  He moved to the bullpen late in the year to become the Bulldogs' closer, notching up a team-best three saves while striking out 43 in 48 innings of work.

For his four-year career, Kruszka logged 190.1 innings on the mound, notching nine wins, four saves and 131 strikeouts.

Kruszka becomes Farley's 26th player to move on to professional baseball following their career at Butler.