NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The accolades keep rolling in for Lipscomb’s Brady Puckett.
The sophomore was named a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball on Thursday. It comes just one week after he was unanimously chosen as the Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year and a first team all-conference selection.
“What a huge honor this is for him after having such an outstanding season,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “We grow accustomed to what he does when he goes out on the mound, but for others to recognize him as one of the top pitchers in the country is pretty special.
“Brady will down play this because he is so humble, but it is a huge accomplishment for him, for our team and for our school. I could not be more proud of him. This is well deserved.”
With the selection, Puckett becomes the first non-freshman Bison to ever earn an All-America nod from Collegiate Baseball.
Puckett dominated his opponents as the anchor of the Bisons rotation and tossed his way to a 9-2 record and a 2.93 ERA. In his 15 starts this season Lipscomb was 13-2 and the righty did not lose a decision in his last eight contests.
In addition, Puckett’s 16 career wins are tied with Ian Martinez-McGraw (14-15) for the most victories in the program’s NCAA era. His nine triumphs this season also tied Martinez-McGraw for the most in a single-season.
Not only did the Murfreesboro, Tennessee native lead the league in wins, he was also tops in strikeouts (101) and pitcher of the week honors (4). His 107.2 innings logged paced the ASUN and ranks as the second most frames thrown in a season in program history. Martinez-McGraw, one again, stands on top with 112.1.
On the year, Puckett pitched two complete games where he did not allow an earned run – against Jacksonville and at North Florida. He then tossed his league-best third complete game in a 4-1 win over Eastern Michigan. He has gone the distance five times in his career, three more than any active player in the league.
Puckett pitched at least seven innings in 12 of 15 games and rang up double-digit batters, including a career high 11 strikeouts in wins over Kennesaw State and Mississippi Valley State. He also fanned 10 in Lipscomb’s first-ever meeting with NJIT.
Kent State lefty Eric Lauer, who was 10-2 with a 0.69 ERA in 104 innings, was named Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year.