Brian Hnatuk from Trumbull is pitching this season for Eastern Connecticut State University.

The Warriors are currently 12-9.

Head coach Matt LaBranche said of Hnatuk, who has appeared in eight games, starting three, "He's a guy that's a wild card and has as good of stuff as anyone on the team. We returned most of our starters from last year.”

A team strength this year lies in the fact that no less than eight everyday players are left-handed hitters, three of whom are returning starters.

In 2016, the Warriors (23-19 overall) earned their second Little East Conference Championship in three years.

The Little East tournament is scheduled for May 10-13. NCAA tournament play begins with eight regional tournaments May 17-21, followed by the national tournament in Grand Chute, WI, on Memorial Day weekend.