2015 (Sophomore): Appeared in 39 games and made 36 starts at catcher … Batted .289 with 39 hits, 19 runs scored, seven doubles, four home runs and 23 RBI … Produced nine multi-hit and six multi-RBI efforts … Went 4-for-4 with a run scored a four RBI in the series finale against Wofford (May 3) … Came up big in the Spartans’ 5-3 win at No. 17 North Carolina (April 28) with three hits, two runs scored, two RBI and a home run … Scored two runs in games against Princeton (March 7), Western Carolina (March 20) and North Carolina … Of his four home runs, three occurred in conference games … Threw out 14 runners trying to steal a base … Turned in a .984 fielding percentage making just five errors in 308 defensive chances.
2014 (Freshman): Played in 26 games and made 22 starts … Batted .256 and tallied 20 hits, 12 runs scored, three doubles, a triple, a home run, nine RBI and 28 total bases … Ranked third on the squad in putouts with 162 … Notched his first collegiate hit at Georgia Tech (Feb. 23) … Scored two runs in games against Princeton (March 15) and at The Citadel (May 17) … Tallied multiple hits in three games … Hit his first collegiate home run at The Citadel … Legged out a triple against Samford (May 3) … Threw out 12 runners attempting to steal a base.
High School: Completed his senior season at Riverside High School with a .395 batting average and four home runs, 11 doubles and 24 RBI … Helped the Pirates to the second round of the 2013 North Carolina 4A state tournament … Hit .471 for the Pirates his junior season … Is a four-time all-conference honoree and was the team MVP as a sophomore as well as defensive player of the year his freshman campaign … Was a key piece of the Pirate squad that won the PAC 6 Conference championship in 2010 while also earning three letters as a shooting guard and forward for the basketball squad – earning all-conference accolades in the sport twice … A four-year A/B honor roll student, Kusz also played for the Dirtbags club over the summer, helping the team to a top 20 ranking in the state.
Personal: Full name is Samuel Jake Kusz … Born August 23, 1994 … Intended major is communication … Son of Jeffrey and Teresa Kusz.