NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb junior Brady Puckett has been named a 2017 Preseason Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, the only ASUN Conference player selected.
The right hander out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee earned Louisville Slugger All-America honors in 2016 after leading the ASUN in games started (15), wins (9), complete games (3), innings pitched (107.2) and strikeouts (101).
He posted a 9-2 mark with a 2.93 ERA on his way to being named the unanimous ASUN Pitcher of the Year and earning First Team All-Conference as a sophomore. In only two short seasons Puckett has racked up 16 career wins, tying Ian Martinez-McGraw for the most victories in the program’s Division I era.
“I am happy for Brady, but this is not surprising,” Lipscomb’s 11th-year skipper Jeff Forehand said. “He had a phenomenal year last season and then followed it up with an amazing summer in the Cape Cod, so he has proven he is one of the best in the country.
“But now he can’t rest on his laurels. He has to come out and prove he can produce again. We are all excited for him and can’t wait to see what’s next.”
The 6-foot-9 hurler tossed the second most innings in a season in program history, becoming just the fourth Bison to eclipse the 100-inning plateau in the school’s NCAA era.
Puckett lasted at least seven innings in 12-of-15 games and led the Bisons to a 13-2 record in games in which he started.
He struck out double digit batters three times last season, including a career high 11 against Kennesaw State and Mississippi Valley State and was also the league’s leader with four Pitcher of the Week honors.
This summer he, along with teammates Jeffrey Passantino and Michael Gigliotti, helped lead the Falmouth Commodores to the Cape Cod Championship Series. He paced the league with five wins and was named an All-Star.
In December, Puckett was named a Top-100 draft prospect by D1Baseball.com.
Puckett is expected to anchor the Lipscomb pitching staff this spring. Other key returning pitchers include Passantino and Denton Norman, a redshirt senior who returns to the mound after missing last season with an injury.
The Bisons are just six short weeks away from opening day on February 17 when they host Oakland for three games at Ken Dugan Field. Season tickets for the 2017 Bison baseball season are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Lipscomb Ticket Office at 615-966-4373.