2014 MLB DRAFT: Selected in the 22nd round by the Pittsburgh Pirates ... Signed.
2014/SENIOR: Made 30 relief appearances as the Waves' closer ... Named All-WCC first team and to the All-WCC Tournament team ... Finished career fourth on all-time saves list with 19 ... His 16 saves on the year were the third highest single-season total in program history ... Tossed 34.0 innings, recording a 2.12 ERA and a 4-2 record ... Struck out 23 batters and allowed 11 walks ... Held opponents to a .185 batting average ... Gave up eight earned runs and 22 hits ... Had three separate streaks of six straight shutout appearances ... Threw a season-high 3.0 innings against Utah Valley (2/23), giving up no runs and no hits while striking out two ... Struck out a season-high four batters against Hawaii (2/27) in 2.1 innings ... Had 14 no-hit appearances ... Recorded five saves in the Waves nine postseason games.
2013 SUMMER LEAGUE: Competed for the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League ... Helped the Kettleers to the 2013 CCCBL Championship ... Posted a 3-0 record with a 3.90 ERA in 10 appearances (two starts) and struck out 19 with only five walks in 27.2 innings ... During the postseason made three appearances with a 4.50 ERA and two strikeouts in 4.0 innings.
2013/JUNIOR:Turned in a solid junior campaign for the Waves ... Top righthander out of the bullpen ... Started the season on a tear, allowing just two earned runs in first 11 appearances spanning 19.0 innings, good for a 0.95 ERA ... Struck out a season-high three batters in season debut against Western Michigan (2/16) and in the finale at Portland (5/19) ... Finished the season with a 5-5 record in a team-high 28 appearances with a 3.47 ERA in 46.2 innings ... Ranked fifth among West Coast Conference leaders in appearances ... Posted a 31/18 strikeout/walk ratio ... Collected two wins in relief in a series victory at No. 24 Texas A&M, allowing no runs off four hits in 3.1 innings ... Started twice for the Waves, both coming against Long Beach State ... Opposing batters hit .255 ... Posted a 1-2 record with a 3.07 ERA during WCC play ... Struck out 11 and walked six in 14.2 innings against league foes.
CAREER HIGHS/HITTING: Hits: 3, 5/10/11 vs. Cal State Fullerton; Runs: 2, 5/10/11 vs. Cal State Fullerton; HR: None; RBI: 2, 5/10/11 vs. Cal State Fullerton; SB: None; Hitting Streak: 1g (3x), Last: 5/28/11 - present.
CAREER HIGHS/PITCHING: Strikeouts: 5, 4/19/11 at UC Santa Barbara; Walks: 5, 3/29/11 at Cal Poly; IP (start): 7.1, 3/14/12 vs. Columbia ; IP (relief): 3.1, 4/19/11 at UC Santa Barbara; Winning Streak: 3g, 3/18/11 - 4/17/11; Losing Streak: 2g (2x), Last: 4/19/11.
2012/SOPHOMORE: Karch appeared in 26 games as a pitcher in 2012 and had four pinch hit at bats... As mostly a relief pitcher (minus one start against Columbia), Karch threw 45.1 innings, with an ERA of 2.58 and a record of 3-3 with one save ... Had a season-high four strikeouts in two games, vs. Columbia (4/14) and at Long Beach State (5/15) ... Tallied 31 strikeouts overall ... Earned the save on May 18 at rival Loyola Marymount ... Lone start of the season for Karch came in a victory on March 14 vs. Columbia ... He threw 7.1 innings, allowing only one run on six hits with a season-high six strikeouts in the victory. Also only walked one batter ... Longest outing of the year other than the start was 2.2 innings, first at Cal Poly (5/1) and at Stanford (6/3) in the NCAA Tournament ... Finished out the season on a strong note, through his final nine appearances of the season, allowed only one run during that streak of 15.6 innings ... He also had 15 strikeouts during that streak ... Batted .250, going 1-for-4 in his pinch hit at bats ... Also appeared in the field at first and second base during that time ... Lone hit of the season came on March 20 in a victory.
2011/SUMMER: Playing for the Mankato (Minn.) Moondogs of the Northwoods League.
2011/FRESHMAN: Pepperdine's lone two-way player who received playing time as a starter, reliever and infielder ... Tied Aaron Gates for the team lead in wins with four ... Appeared in 23 games as a pitcher with two starts and posted a 3.38 ERA with 29 strikeouts through 29.1 innings pitched ... Collected saves in one-run games against Eastern Kentucky (2/20) and Santa Clara (5/7), and is the only known Wave to have won a game and earned a save on the same day, which he did vs. EKU on Feb. 20 ... Earned the win in relief of the first game that originally started on Feb. 19, striking out two in an inning of work, and then pitch a scoreless ninth inning vs. the Colonels to complete the 3-1 Pepperdine win ... Close to flawless during the West Coast Conference season, going 1-0 with a save, 0.00 ERA and three strikeouts through six appearances totaling 4.1 innings pitched ... Allowed just one unearned run on five hits (all singles) and three walks ... Lost both games as a starter, but as a reliever went 4-2 with a 0.83 ERA (two earned runs in 21.2 IP)and 22K and allowed just 4-of-17 inherited runners to score ... After recording his second loss as a starter was moved to bullpen for good and responded with a three-game winning streak from March 18 to April 19, during which he topped No. 23 Coastal Carolina (3/18), Cal Poly (3/29) and San Diego (4/17) ... Against UC Santa Barbara on April 19, struck out a career high five batters through 3.1 innings of relief ... Made first career start on Feb. 27 at Fresno State and punched out four Bulldogs through a career high 4.2 innings pitched ... Also recorded 4Ks in win over Cal Poly (3/22) ... Hit .200 at the plate through 11 appearances and five starts with four runs, three RBI and a pair of doubles ... Produced a majority of his offense during his first career start vs. shortstop, going 3-for-4 with two doubles (tying a team season high), two runs and two RBI vs. No. 9 Cal State Fullerton (5/10) - a game in which the Waves defeated the Titans, 7-0.
2010/FALL: Did not compete during Pepperdine's Fall World Series.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in 2010 from Clovis West High School where he was a two-year varsity letterwinner for head coach Kevin Patrick ... Pitched and played shortstop ... Helped lead his team to the Tri-River Athletic Conference championship and a No. 1 national ranking ... Named 2010 Valley Player of the Year ... Tabbed to the All-Tri-River Athletic Conference, All-Valley and All-State first teams after finishing his senior year with a 12-1 record, 2.85 earned-run average and 96 strikeouts ... At the plate, batted .402 with seven home runs and 40 RBI ... Made the all-conference and valley second teams following a junior year in which he hit .295 with four home runs and 20 RBI ... Four-year honor roll student.
CLUB: Played for the U18 California Blaze from 2008-10 and the San Francisco Giants Scout Team in the fall of 2009.
PERSONAL: Given name is Eric Preston Karch ... Born in Gilroy, Calif., and raised in Fresno ... Business major ... Son of Terry and Holly Karch ... Brother to John ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because he wanted a challenge, make the program better and get a great education at the same time.
FAVORITES: Derek Jeter (pro baseball player) ... New York Yankees (pro baseball team) ... The Life I Imagined (book) ... For The Love of the Game (movie) ... Baseball Tonight (TV show) ... Kid Cudi (musical artist) ... Chicken Parmesan (food) ... Basketball (sport other than baseball) ... Hobbies include hanging out with friends, playing hacky sack and basketball.