The Evansville Otters have signed outfielder John Kukura of Pace University to a 2018 contract.
A 2017 graduate, Kukura collected 205 hits in 166 games with Pace to finish fifth on the school’s all-time hits list. The New York City native holds Pace’s career record with 11 triples, including a single-season mark of eight as a junior in 2016. Kukura hit .341 with 33 RBIs and a .536 slugging percentage in 2016 to be named Pace’s Co-Male Athlete of the Year.
Kukura earned first-team all-Northeast Ten Conference accolades in 2016 and 2017 as well as back-to-back American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region honors. He was also named to both the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team and NE10 Academic All-Conference Team in 2016 and 2017.
The Otters will face the Washington Wild Things at Bosse Field on May 11 to open the 2018 Frontier League regular season.