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Zach Root




185 lbs








Ft. Myers, Fla.


East Carolina


  • Pitched in five games for the Tom Sox with four starts, totaling 18 innings
  • Struck out 22 hitters while walking only six
  • Held opponents scoreless in three of five outings
  • Made debut against Harrisonburg, striking out six in four innings and allowing one run (June 15)
  • Five innings against Front Royal on June 30, punching out five while allowing no earned runs or walks
  • Seven strikeouts in final outing against Culpeper (July 12)



  • Appeared in 20 games with 13 starts
  • Compiled a 3-3 record with a 5.33 earned run average and 54 strikeouts against 27 walks in 53.2 innings of work
  • Limited opposing hitters to a .254 batting average
  • Notched multiple strikeouts in 12 contests
  • Recorded victories over George Washington (Feb. 18), Elon (March 8) and Old Dominion (April 11)
  • Turned in a superb start in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional finals against No. 7 national seed at host Virginia, allowing just one earned run and five hits in 4.2 innings of work
  • Combined with former Tom Sox Trey Yesavage and Wyatt Lunsford-Shenkman to post a 3-0 shutout of Missouri State (March 17)
  • Registered a career-high six strikeouts twice against Tulane (April 29 and May 28)
  • Collected his first collegiate save in East Carolina’s 6-5 home win over North Carolina (Feb. 24) in front of a Clark-LeClair Stadium record crowd of 6,003
  • Produced a key three-inning relief effort in helping the Pirates to a 13-9 win over NC State (April 4) in Greenville


  • Four-year varsity letterman for head coach Kyle Burchfield
  • Compiled a 13-3 overall record and 2.16 earned run average while striking out 176 batters in 123.1 innings during his prep career
  • Also hit .308 (68-for-221) with 46 runs scored and 39 RBI
  • Put together a dominant senior season on the mound, finishing with a 6-2 record, 1.50 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 51.1 innings
  • Attended the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft Combine
  • Rated the 178th overall prospect nationally and 26th-best left-handed pitcher as well as the 31st-ranked recruit in Florida by Perfect Game
  • Assigned a Perfect Game grade of 9.5 (potential top-10 round pick and/or highest level college prospect)
  • Tabbed the 2022 Southwest Florida Baseball Player of the Year
  • Participated in the 2021 National Showcase
  • Earned Preseason Underclass All-American status by Perfect Game in 2019, 2020 and 2021 as well as Florida All-Region accolades
  • Selected a 2022 Perfect Game Preseason High Honorable Mention All-American and Florida All-Region First-Team pick
  • Collected upwards of 30 All-Tournament Team honors at various showcase events


  • Full name is Zachary Bishop Root
  • Son of Vance and Dawn Root
  • Two-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll Selection (Fall 2022-Present)

Last updated: September 2023


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Late Comeback Not Enough as Tom Sox Fall to Cavaliers

The Charlottesville Tom Sox faced the Culpeper Cavaliers tonight for the fourth and final time of the regular season and fell in an 8-7 loss.

Tom Sox Stun Cannons with 5-Run Comeback in 9th to Win Seventh Straight

Sergio Rivera capped off a five-run ninth inning with a walk-off fielder’s choice to lift the Charlottesville Tom Sox to a 5-4 win over the Purcellville Cannons.

East Carolina Arms Lead Tom Sox to Victory over Cardinals

The Charlottesville Tom Sox hosted the Front Royal Cardinals Friday night, coming from behind in a pitcher’s duel to win 3-1 and pick up their second straight victory.

Tom Sox Continue Homestand Against Braves

The Charlottesville Tom Sox (9-7) will face the Staunton Braves (6-12) in the middle game of a 3-game homestand at CHO Airport Field. It will be broadcast live on the Tom Sox Facebook page and Tom Sox TV. First pitch is set for 7 P.M.

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