June 8, 2010
HOUSTON - Former Cougar pitcher Brad Lincoln is scheduled to make his first career major league start for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night against the Washington Nationals.
Lincoln was a Cougar letterwinner from 2004-06 and became the first player in UH and Conference USA history to be named the National Player of the Year. He was selected by the Pirates as the fourth overall selection of the 2006 draft, becoming the first Houston and C-USA player to be taken in the Top 10 picks of the draft.
The Clute, Texas, native earned five player of the year awards in his final season at UH and was the C-USA Co-Male Athlete of the Year. He earned All-Conference USA First Team honors and was selected to the 2004 All-Freshman Team. In addition, Lincoln also saw action at the plate, turning in a career .316 batting average and 21 home runs.
In just three seasons, Lincoln struck out 293 batters for the third highest career total in school history and his 286.1 innings pitched rank fifth. In 2006, Lincoln pitched the Cougars to 12 wins with a 1.69 ERA. He also recorded 152 strikeouts in 127.2 innings.
Lincoln has made 23 starts during the last two seasons for the Pirates AAA team, the Indianapolis Indians, going 12-4 with a 3.89 ERA and 97 strikeouts.