Pruitt Named to ABCA South Central All-Region Second Team

Austin Pruitt

June 15, 2013

JONESBORO, Ark. - After producing an award-winning senior season, postseason honors continue to pour in for Houston Baseball's Austin Pruitt as he was named to the ABCA South Central All-Region Second Team, announced Saturday afternoon.
The right-handed hurler was one of just six starting pitchers across the South Central Region named to the postseason team. Pruitt becomes the first Cougar named to this All-Region team since three (Bryan Pounds, Wes Musick, Jake Stewart) were honored in 2008.
For more information on ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association), visit www.abca.org.
QUICK HITS ON Austin Pruitt
·      2-year letterwinner for Houston (transferred in from Navarro JC)
·      Drafted in the ninth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by Tampa Bay
·      2013 Gregg Olson Award Semifinalist for nation's "Breakout Player of the Year"
·      Conference USA Second Team (RHP)
·      C-USA Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 25)
·      2x All-Silver Glove Series vs. Rice
·      Houston Team MVP (2013)
·      Career ERA: 3.47
·      Career Record: 13-9
·      6 complete games
·      204.2 total innings pitched
·      149 strikeouts
·      Career High Strikeouts: 13 vs. East Carolina (3/23/13)
Put together one of the most impressive senior seasons of late...Led the Cougar pitching staff in wins (10), ERA (2.85), starts (15), innings pitched (113.2) and strikeouts (92)...Compiled a 10-5 record and notched the first 10-win season since Brad Lincoln had 12 in 2006...Racked up five complete games to lead C-USA...Lasted at least 6.0 innings in all 15 starts...Became the first Cougar to throw 100+ innings (113.2) since Brad Lincoln's 127.2 innings in 2006...Broke UH's single-season strikeout record by a senior with 92 punchouts...Notched six of his 10 wins at Cougar Field...Moved into a tie for ninth all-time with eight total home wins...Held opposing hitters to a .246 average...Tallied three 10+ strikeout games...Notched a career-high 13 strikeouts in 8.0-inning win over East Carolina (March 23)...Had 12 strikeouts in a complete-game shutout win over Seton Hall (April 13)...Pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout at Texas State with 10 strikeouts (Feb. 23)...Became just the ninth C-USA player all-time and fourth Cougar to throw a one-hitter in a nine-inning game in league history...Opened 2013 with a 3-0 record in first three starts...Tossed 18.0 consecutive scoreless innings to open the year...Was 6-1 and helped Houston to its best 25-game start at 21-4 since 1989...Two complete game shutouts...Compiled wins over Northeastern (Feb. 16), Texas State (Feb. 23), Baylor (twice, March 2, March 16), East Carolina (March 23), Memphis (March 31), Seton Hall (April 13), UAB (May 11), Southern Miss (May 17), East Carolina (C-USA Champ-May 23)
First Team
Position         Name                                                 Yr                      School           
SP                   Austin Kubitza                                   Jr.                      Rice
SP                   Caleb McClanahan                             Sr                       Central Arkansas
SP                   T.J. Renda                                        So.                     Alabama State
RP                   Zech Lemond                                    So.                     Rice
C                     Aramis Garcia                                   So.                     Florida International
1B                   Ryan Huck                                        Sr.                     Western Kentucky
2B                   VJ Bunner                                         Sr.                     Lamar
3B                   Logan Pierce                                     Sr.                     Troy
SS                   Hunter Dozier                                   Jr.                      Stephen F. Austin
DH                   Caleb Adams                                    So.                     Louisiana-Lafayette
OF                   Forrestt Allday                                  Sr.                     Central Arkansas
OF                   Dex Kjerstad                                     Jr.                     Louisiana-Lafayette
OF                   Danny Collins                                    Jr.                     Troy
Second Team
Position           Name                                               Yr                    School           
SP                    Sam Street                                       Jr                    Texas-Pan American
SP                    Austin Robichaux                              So.                  Louisiana-Lafayette
SP                    Austin Pruitt                                    Sr.                  Houston
RP                    Kyle Bartsch                                     Sr.                  South Alabama
RP                    Hugh Adams                                     R-Sr.              Florida Atlantic
C                      Anthony Azar                                    Jr.                  Sam Houston State
1B                    Jordan Patterson                               Jr.                  South Alabama
2B                    Brendon Sanger                                Fr.                  Florida Atlantic
3B                    Tyler Girouard                                  So.                  Louisiana-Lafayette
SS                    Tyler Vaughn                                    Jr.                   Troy
DH                    Matt Shortall                                    Jr.                   Texas-Arlington
OF                    Darian Johnson                                 Sr.                  Lamar
OF                    Charles Tilery                                   Jr.                    Jackson State
OF                    Waldyvan Estrada                             So.                   Alabama State
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