AWARDS & ACCOLADES
•SoCon Pitcher of the Week (May 4, 2015)
•SoCon Academic Honor Roll (2014-15)
•SoCon Pitcher of the Month (March, 2016)
•SoCon Academic Honor Roll (2015-16)
•SoCon Academic Honor Roll (2016-17)
•SoCon Academic Honor Roll (2017-18)
•SoCon Pitcher of the Year (Coaches, 2019)
•SoCon First Team All-Conference (Coaches, 2019)
•SoCon First Team All-Conference (Media, 2019)
•Collegiate Baseball All-America (Third Team, 2019)
REDSHIRT SENIOR (2019): Received SoCon Pitcher of the Year honors and First Team All-SoCon honors from the league’s coaches … named First Team All-SoCon by the media … recognized as Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball … ranked in the top 65 of five major statistical categories among NCAA Division I pitchers including ERA (1st-0.96), hits allowed per nine innings (17th-5.79), saves (31st-11), WHIP (51st-1.04) and strikeouts per nine innings (63rd-10.93) … ranked among the top five in eight major statistical categories including earned run average (1st-0.96), opposing batting average (1st-.181), saves (1st-11), wins (2nd-6), batters struck out (2nd-68), appearances (2nd-27), relief appearances (2nd-27), innings pitched (4th-56) and batters struck out looking (4th-21) … took to the mound for the first time against Quinnipiac (Feb. 16), striking out three Bobcats along the way, as he earned his first save in 1.1 innings … returned to the hill against High Point (Feb. 19), recording five strikeouts in two innings … logged 2.2 innings at Wake Forest (Feb. 27), allowing his first of six earned runs on the slate, while striking out four Demon Deacon hitters … followed that by fanning four Penn hitters on March 4 … returned to the mound to face Penn (March 4) as he recorded two strikeouts … had at least two strikeouts in his next nine appearances, including two each against Princeton (March 10), Jacksonville (March 17), Mercer (March 24), Western Carolina (March 31) and Campbell (April 16) … picked up his third save of the season at Mercer (March 22) after holding the Bears hitless in 2.2 innings, recording five strikeouts in the process … fanned four Western Carolina (March 29) sluggers over a three inning stretch to preserve the 5-3 win … closed out his fifth save of the season against George Mason (April 13), which resulted in the first UNCG shutout of the slate … played a key role in helping the Spartans rally past Elon (April 23) as he tossed three innings, allowed one hit, surrendered one walk and emerged with two strikeouts … recorded his sixth and seventh save in a doubleheader against The Citadel (April 27) as he combined for three strikeouts and allowed two hits in three innings of work … grabbed his eighth save after holding ETSU hitless while recording a pair of strikeouts on May 3 … two days later he returned to the mound to fan two ETSU hitters as he picked up his ninth save of the season … reached double figure saves (10) after logging two innings, allowing one run, one hit and striking out two hitters against VMI (May 11) … recorded his final save of the season versus Wofford (May 16) as he combined with Austin Koehn to limit the Terriers to one hit … made his final appearance at UNCG Baseball Stadium on May 18 versus Wofford where he logged 1.2 innings, allowed one hit and one earned run while striking out two … fanned four VMI hitters in a 4-2 victory in the SoCon Baseball Championships on May 23 … made his final appearance of the season against Mercer (May 24) in the SoCon Baseball Championships as he finished with a strikeout, extending his strikeout record to 65 straight games, dating back to March 9, 2016.
SENIOR (2018): Redshirted due to UCL injury and Tommy John surgery.
JUNIOR (2017): Made 16 appearances, earning a 1-0 record with seven saves while working as the closer … Recorded a strikeout in all 16 appearances… Worked in 20.2 innings, striking out 24 hitters… Allowed seven extra base hits without allowing a home run… Worked 2.1 scoreless innings in the opening series at South Carolina (Feb. 18)… Worked 2.0 innings against Michigan State (Feb. 26), striking out a batter and earning his first save of the season… Notched another save after tossing 2.0 innings with a strikeout helping UNCG defeat Maryland Eastern Shore, 4-2 (Mar. 4)… Earned another save after striking out the side against Lafayette in the nightcap of a doubleheader (Mar. 17)… Struck out the one batter he faced against Lafayette to earn his fourth save of the season (Mar. 18)… Worked a scoreless frame to earn his fifth save of the season against North Carolina A&T (Mar. 22)… Preserved a 5-4 win over Western Carolina (Mar. 24) with another strikeout to earn his sixth save of the season… Notched his seventh save after throwing 0.2 innings without giving up a hit and striking out a batter in a 9-7 victory… Earned his win in 3.0 innings of work as UNCG earned a 7-6 victory in extra innings over Furman (Apr. 8).
SOPHOMORE (2016): Appeared in 27 games earning a team-best 2.52 Earned Run Average… The ERA is good for ninth-best in single season history… Earned SoCon Pitcher of the Month honors in March… Earned a 5-2 record and tied for a team-best four saves… Struck out 60 batters on the year… Held opponents to a .181 average against while only surrendering eight extra-base hits in 50.0 innings pitched… Recorded a strikeout in 24 of 27 appearances including at least one strikeout in 22-straight appearances to end the season… Recorded multiple strikeouts in 18 appearances… Threw in multiple innings in 16 appearances… Earned a career-best nine strikeouts against Wofford (May 26) earning the win in the SoCon Tournament in a season-high 5.0 innings of relief… Went 3.2 innings against Furman (Apr. 16) and Western Carolina (May 15) earning a save and a win, respectively… Made six-straight relief appearances without allowing a run or a hit (Mar. 11-Mar. 25)… 13 scoreless appearances… Appeared in nine regular season conference games… Struck out four batters against VMI (Apr. 2) and Furman (Apr. 16).
FRESHMAN (2015): Made 14 appearances on the mound and started six games … Worked his way into the weekend rotation in the latter part of the season as the Spartans' Sunday starter … Compiled a 1-0 record with a 6.89 earned run average … Tallied 31 strikeouts in 32.2 innings pitched … Held opposing batters to a .231 average … Named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week May 4 … Made his collegiate debut against High Point (Feb. 13) … Recorded his first collegiate win pitching a career-high six innings in the series finale against Wofford (May 3) and holding the Terriers to just one run on four hits with a personal-best eight strikeouts in the 14-7 victory … Tossed four scoreless innings against Elon (April 21) and fanned four batters … Threw an inning in UNCG's 10-0 victory over North Carolina A&T (March 24) at NewBridge Bank Park in downtown Greensboro … Notched four strikeouts on three occasions – against Wake Forest (April 8), against Elon (April 21) and at Gardner-Webb (May 15).
PREP: Named 2014 preseason Honorable Mention All-America by Perfect Game … Earned first-team all-state, first-team all-conference, conference player of the year and team MVP accolades the last two seasons … Added team defensive MVP honors as a sophomore … In 2012, helped lead the Vikings to a conference title, sectional championship, regional crown and a state runner-up finish … Voyager repeated as conference and sectional champion in 2013 and came in second in the region … On the bump as a junior, Sykes was 6-1, threw 49.3 innings and struck out 72 batters against just 14 walks and did not give up a home run … Also hit .410 with an on base percentage of .535 and posted 21 RBI and 17 stolen bases … His junior season, he hit .451 with a slugging percentage of .686 and an on base mark of .556 while tallying 23 hits, 24 runs scored, two doubles, two triples, two home runs and 10 stolen bases … Competed the last two seasons for the Dirtbags showcase team under head coach Andy Partin.
PERSONAL: Chad Mark Sykes … Born Feb. 11, 1996 … Majoring in business administration … Son of Joan and Mark Sykes.