Abbott First-Ever Baseball America First Team All-American
Cory Abbott was named a first team All-American by Baseball America.
The awards continue to come in for junior right-hander Cory Abbott, as the San Diego, Calif. native has most recently been tabbed a first team All-American according to Baseball America. Abbott is the first Lion to record first team honors from Baseball America. LMU last had a player selected to a Baseball America All-American team in 1991 when Joe Ciccarella garnered a second team selection.
The selection adds to a growing list of accomplishments for Abbott, who is also a finalist for National Pitcher of the Year presented by the College Baseball Foundation and a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Breakout Player of the Year.
Abbott, the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year and a first team All-American according to Collegiate Baseball, went 11-2 with a 1.74 ERA over 15 starts this year, guiding LMU to its first WCC Championship since 2000. The right-hander logged 98.1 innings and struck out 130 hitters while limiting the opposition to just 61 hits and a .173 average against. The highlight of Abbott’s season came on March 25 when he tossed the first perfect game in LMU and West Coast Conference history, defeating BYU by a score of 2-0. The perfect game was one of two complete game shutouts thrown by Abbott this season.
Abbott’s stellar season ranks amongst the best in LMU history, as he turned in the lowest opponent batting average (.173) and most strikeouts-per-nine innings (11.90), second-best ERA (1.74), second-most shutouts (2), fourth-most strikeouts (130), and seventh-most wins (11).
For a complete list of Baseball America's All-American teams, please visit: 2017 Baseball America All-American Teams
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