Lincoln Recognized as 2006 Rivals.com National Player of the Year

June 23, 2006

HOUSTON - For the third time during the 2006 postseason, University of Houston junior righthander/DH Brad Lincoln was honored Friday as the 2006 Rivals.com National Player of the Year.

He is the only player in both UH and Conference USA history to be named a baseball national player of the year. However, it was Lincoln's third national player of the year honor in 2006 after previously receiving the Dick Howser Trophy and being named the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Player of the Year.

The Clute, Texas, native also received a place on the Rivals.com All-America First Team as a utility player. He was named previously to All-America First Teams by Collegiate Baseball magazine, Baseball America magazine, Pro-Line Cap/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the ABCA/Rawlings.

He became the first consensus All-American selection for the Cougars since righthander Brad Sullivan in 2002 and is the first First-Team All-American since reliever Ryan Wagner in 2003.

Additional honors could come Lincoln's way during the next three weeks. He is one of three finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award, presented on July 3 in Lubbock, Texas, and is one of four finalists for the 2006 Roger Clemens Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate pitcher, on July 12 at the Marriott Westchase Hotel in Houston.

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.

He 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.

The All-America Teams were chosen by Rivals.com's College Baseball expert Kendall Rogers with some help from SEBaseball's Mark Etheridge. Rogers spearheads Rivals.com's college baseball operations, while Etheridge is the publisher of the popular Rivals site SEBaseball.com.

Many criteria went in to selecting each team, as Rivals.com used statistics, performance against solid opponents, notable trends and other facts as part of the selection process.

The All-America teams were broken down into First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention.



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