2013 Prospect League Summer All-Star SEC Academic Honor Roll (2013)
Outlook Coming off a strong season as a key right-handed reliever in the UK bullpen as a freshman in 2013 ... Is a strike-throwing right-hander, who utilizes a 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame ... Has added over 20 pounds of muscle since joining the team as a redshirt in 2011 ... Has a delivery that presents challenges to right-handed hitters ... Was an absolute workhorse during an all-star summer in the Prospect League, working at least six innings in all eight of his starts ... Had a great freshman season in 2013, helping UK to the best bullpen ERA in program history ... Without a two-run, dropped fly ball in the outfield at No. 16 Ole Miss, would've allowed only two earned runs on the year ... Had a breakout outing with the UK pitching staff depleted in an 18-inning marathon at Western Kentucky ... Came on in the bottom of the 14th inning at WKU with the bases loaded and no outs, working out of the jam and tossing scoreless frames in the 15th, 16th and 17th innings, with a walk-off homer, yanked down the line in leftfield by a right-handed hitter, leading off the 18th inning, his only career loss.
Summer Had an all-star summer in the Prospect League with the Slippery Rock Sliders, where he teamed with UK outfielder Storm Wilson ... Was a workhorse in the league, going 5-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 10 games and eight starts ... Worked 63.1 innings, allowing five walks and 66 hits, striking out 28 ... Strecker worked one shutout and worked at least six innings in all eight of his starts ... Was named an all-star, pitching a scoreless inning for the East squad ... Worked a season-low six innings in his first start of the summer, winning his first three starts ... Worked eight shutout innings on June 19, seven shutout innings on June 26 ... Worked a complete game on July 20, allowing four runs.
2013 Became a key right-handed reliever as a redshirt freshman ... Appeared in 16 games in relief, with a 1-1 record and a 2.35 ERA ... Tossed 15.1 innings, allowing 15 hits and five walks, striking out 15 ... Allowed opponents to hit .246 ... ERA was inflated after a UK outfielder lost a fly ball in the sun at Ole Miss with two outs, allowing two runs to score ... Appeared in five SEC games, working 3.1 innings, with the only runs allowed coming on the dropped fly ball at Ole Miss ... In 11 non-SEC games, had a 1-1 record and a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings, allowing 11 hits, two walks and 11 strikeouts ... Pitched in 11 games at Cliff Hagan Stadium, with a 1-0 mark and a 1.08 ERA in 8.1 innings ... Ranked second on the team with 12.3 ground-ball outs forced per nine innings ... With runners in scoring position, held opponents to a .192 average ... Inherited 18 runners, allowing just seven to score (39-percent) ... Without the dropped fly ball at Ole Miss, which allowed two of his four earned runs on the year to score, had a 1-1 record and a 1.20 ERA ... Made collegiate debut in the second game of the year, striking out two in a perfect, nine-pitch inning ... Came on to get right-handed hitters out late in the game vs. Kansas State, Murray State, Eastern Kentucky and Akron, allowing his first career run vs. Akron ... Worked 1.1 perfect innings vs. Michigan State ... Earned his first career win with 2.1 shutout, one-hit innings vs. Ohio ... Had a heroic outing in an 18-inning marathon at Western Kentucky, taking the mound in the bottom of the 14th inning with the bases loaded and no outs, wiggling out of the jam and tossing three more shutout innings for a depleted UK pitching staff, before WKU got a leadoff solo homer in the bottom of the 18th inning for a walk-off win ... Three days later, returned to the mound in a loss at No. 16 Ole Miss, getting one out and inducing a fly ball to rightfield that was lost in the sun, allowing two runs to score on his line with a two-run triple ... Played in the Midwest League with the DeKalb County Liners ... Appeared in 13 games with six starts, owning two saves, a 3-2 record and a 1.93 ERA ... Tossed 42 innings, walking 13, allowing 34 hits and striking out 25 ... In his summer debut, tossed seven, one-run innings on June 2 ... Worked as a starter late in the year, hurling 24 innings over his last four outings, allowing six earned runs.
2012 Redshirted season.
High School A two-time first-team all-district honoree for coach John Morris at Eastern High School ... Led team in home runs (six) and shutout games pitched (two) during senior season ... Won Most Offensive Award, MVP, and Coaches Award as a senior ... Won pitching award as a junior and a senior ... Played in 6th/7th Region Senior All-Star game.
Personal Full name is Zachary Adam Strecker ... Son of Fred and Elaine ... Born Sept. 30, 1993 in Louisville, Ky. ... Has a brother, Fred (27) and a sister, Courtney (28).