Lincoln Named to Baseball America and Pro-Line Cap/NCBWA All-America First Teams

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    University of Houston junior righthander/DH Brad Lincoln was named to the Pro-Line Cap/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America All-America First Teams as a DH/utility player on Tuesday afternoon.

    They were his second and third All-America honors after being named to the Louisville Slugger All-America First Team by Collegiate Baseball magazine recently.

    Lincoln also joined teammate and senior outfielder Matt Weston on the American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Central Region Teams. Lincoln earned a berth on the First Team as a pitcher, while Weston was named to the Second Team.

    Lincoln became the first player in both school and Conference USA history to be taken among the Top 10 picks of Major League Baseball's amateur draft June 6 when he was selected at No. 4 by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Lincoln, who was named to the Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger All-America First Team as a utility player, emerged as one of the nation's finest all-around players in 2006. He compiled a sparkling 12-2 record with a 1.69 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 127.2 innings of work. Those numbers were even better in C-USA games only where he assembled a 7-0 record with a 1.28 ERA.

    Lincoln's strikeout total ranked as the third-best mark in UH single-season history and moved him into third in UH career history with 293 punchouts.

    He was named a C-USA Pitcher of the Week four times during the regular season and was honored as the Pro-Line Cap National Pitcher of the Week after tossing a five-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in the series opener at No. 1 Rice on May 12.

    However, Lincoln was one of the Cougars' leading hitters all season. In 2006, he compiled a .295 batting average with 14 home runs and a team-leading 53 RBIs. He blasted a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Cougars to an 11-10 win over Texas-San Antonio in the season on opener on Feb. 7.

    With his pitching and offensive numbers, Lincoln ranked among the Top 10 C-USA individual leaders in five of the six Triple Crown categories for the majority of the 2006 season.

    He was honored as the C-USA Pitcher of the Year while also being named to the league's First Team but was recognized at DH on the C-USA All-Tournament Team for his performance at the plate.

    Lincoln blasted a home run and earned a pitching win in games at UC Irvine and against C-USA rival Tulane earlier this season. With that, he joined current San Diego Padre pitcher Woody Williams as the only players to hit a home run and collect a win from the mound in the same game twice during their careers.

    Weston, who was taken in the 12th round by the San Francisco Giants during the recent amateur draft, joined the Cougars in 2006 as a transfer from San Diego and made an immediate impact. Overcoming a slow start, the Chino Hills, Calif., native blasted a team-best 16 home runs - all coming after April 4 - for the fifth-highest total in UH single-season history.

    Weston also added a .314 batting average and 51 RBIs on the way to All-Conference USA First-Team honors. He became only the fourth player in school history to hit for the cycle when he accomplished that rare feat at McNeese State on April 11.

    His numbers were even more dazzling in C-USA games only where he compiled a .397 batting average and led all league players with a .949 slugging percentage.

     

     

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