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COACH HOLOWATY: "James is one of our key pitchers this year who needs a good year. He has been working hard. He has the physical skills to do a very good job for us."

Entering 2008: Will contend for significant innings this year… one of three returning pitchers awarded a first varsity letter last season… third-year member of the program… in limited innings (19) has limited opponents to a staff-low .217 batting avg. … was a teammate in 2006 of brother Sean, who was a three-year member ofthe program and 2006 varsity letterwinner…

2007: Second year in program, seeing varsity action for the first time… one of nine first-year letterwinners, three of whom were pitchers… served a role in short relief, coming out of the bullpen in all 14 appearances and averaging 1 1/3 innings per appearance… gave up one or no hits ten times… tied for third on the team in appearances… his one save clinched a perfect 14-0 Little East Conference regular-season record in a 3-2, ten-inning decision at Keene State May 5… faced four batters in the tenth to close out the victory… discounting one bad outing (three earned runs in one inning), had a 2.00 ERA…. in his debut in the third game of the year, gave up only one hit and also hit a batter in 2 1/3 innings in an 8-4 loss at the University of La Verne… dropped his ERA under 3.00 to 2.35 in his sixth appearance when he pitching two innings of hitless baseball with two strikeouts and no walks in a 7-3 home win over Amherst College April 5… made two post-season appearances… came through with four hitless innings (3 strikeouts, no walks) in a no-decision when Eastern clinched the LEC title with a 4-3 win over Keene State…entered that game with the Warriors trailing 3-1 in the fourth and kept the Owls at bay until Eastern tied the game in the sixth… in the regional-opening win over Saint Joseph’s (ME), pitched one hitless inning in a 10-2 win…

HIGH SCHOOL : Four-year member of the baseball team and three-year varsity starter who pitched and played short stop… was team captain during his senior year and received Rockville High School Captains' Award…two-year all-conference…as a sophomore his team won the conference championship…as a senior, had a 6-2 won-loss pitching record and a 1.90 ERA …also received all-academic team honors three years…

OTHER: Four-year member of Rockville American Legion team…

PERSONAL:  born James Martin Kukucka Jan. 23, 1987 (22)… major: accounting… hobbies: watching movies… parents: Donna and Tom... residence: Vernon, CT...


Career Statistics Thru 2009


Your personal goal for the season: win national championship

Favorite movie: the Matt Judd movie

Favorite actor: Vinny Chase

What should be the penalty for athletes who test positive for drugs?: nothing too bad

Most difficult aspect of your sport: being mentally prepared

Your choice as best athlete (any level) of all time: LeBron James

Favorite pro team: Boston Red Sox

Greatest coach (any level) of all time: Lou Holtz

Smartest animal: dolphin

Who were you or who do you hope you were in your first life? Zues

What would you like to get paid to do for a living? playing baseball

Job you consider the hardest or worst to do for a living: Coal miner

Parent’s favorite entertainer: Matt Judd

What will be the price of gas a year from now? $6.00

Automobile you would buy tomorrow if you had the money: Range Rover

Your contribution to the Green Movement: picking up trash

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