Lincoln Honored as ABCA/Rawlings National Player of the Year

    Junior Brad Lincoln collected his second national player of the year honor Monday.
    Junior Brad Lincoln collected his second national player of the year honor Monday.
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    June 19, 2006

    OMAHA, Neb. - National honors continued to pour in Monday for University of Houston junior righthander/DH Brad Lincoln as he was named the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Player of the Year.

    It was the second national player of the year honor for Lincoln, who received the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy prior to the start of the NCAA College World on Friday.

    In addition, the Clute, Texas, native is a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award to be named on July 3-4 in Lubbock, Texas, and the Roger Clemens Award, awarded to the nation's top collegiate pitcher on July 12 in Houston.

    Lincoln also was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America First Team as a pitcher/utility player for his performances throughout the 2006 season. He was named to previous All-America First Teams by Baseball America magazine, Collegiate Baseball magazine and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

    He also 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 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.

    In addition to Lincoln's personal award, the Cougar Baseball program will receive a gold bat.

    The ABCA All-America Teams are collegiate baseball's oldest selections, dating to 1949. All Division I coaches have the opportunity to nominate and vote on these selections, which are initially compiled into eight All-Region teams. These teams are then finalized as the first, second and third All-America teams by the ABCA's NCAA Division I All-America and Coach of the Year Committee, chaired by Pat McMahon of the University of Florida. This year, the committee selected 58 players as 2006 ABCA All-Americans.

     

     

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