Outgoing Niagara senior Cody Eckerson has signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Angels, the NU athletics department announced Tuesday.

The lefty spent five years with the Purple Eagles, posting a 4.84 ERA with 87 strikeouts over 74 1/3 innings as a senior. He broke NU’s career strikeouts record on March 9 against Marshall and finished his career with 264.

Eckerson also holds the Niagara career records in games started (47), shutouts (five) and innings pitched (258.1). He is second in program history in career wins with 19 and has the fourth-best career ERA (3.87).

“I am so happy for Cody and his family,” Niagara head coach Rob McCoy said in a release. “He has had an incredibly challenging road to get to this point. His work ethic and perseverance are unparalleled and he is living proof that if you want something bad enough and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it, it can become a reality.”

This is the second straight year a Purple Eagle has been welcomed into the Angels’ organization; pitcher Daniel Procopio was drafted by the Angels in the 10th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

— Staff reports

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