Abbott Garners Two More All-American Selections
Cory Abbott was selected as a first team All-American according to Perfect Game.
Two days after being selected in the second round (67th overall) of the 2017 MLB Draft by the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, junior right-hander Cory Abbott earned two more All-American selections, tabbed a first team Perfect Game/Rawlings All-American and a second team All-American according to the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association.
Abbott, LMU's first-ever first team All-American according to Baseball America, also earned first-team honors according to Collegiate Baseball, and was a finalist for National Pitcher of the Year.
The 2017 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year 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).
Twenty-one different conferences are represented with nine conference championship teams included. The three All-America squads are also made up of 14 conference players of the year, 12 conference pitchers of the year winners and 12 first-round draft picks in the recent Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Members of this year's team lead or are tied for the lead nationally in 16 different categories, including batting average (Keston Hiura, UC Irvine, .442), hits per game (Adam Groesbeck, Air Force, 1.82), home runs (Jake Adams, Iowa, 29), home runs per game (Adams, Iowa, 0.48), on-base percentage (Hiura, UC Irvine, .567), RBI per game (Niko Hulszier, Morehead State, 1.39), slugging percentage (Brent Rooker, Mississippi State, .810), total bases (Rooker, Mississippi State, 201), walks (Seth Beer, Clemson, 2016 Dick Howser Trophy recipient, 64), walks per game (D.J. Artis, Liberty, 1.19), doubles (Rooker, Mississippi State, 30), hits allowed per nine innings (Wyatt Marks, Louisiana, 4.40), strikeouts (JP Sears, The Citadel, 142), strikeout to walk ratio (Casey Mize, Auburn, 12.11), strikeouts per nine innings (Marks, Louisiana, 15.17) and victories (Jake Thompson, Oregon State, 14)
Previous NCBWA All-America teams from 1996-2016 have featured the likes of P Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State, OF J.D. Drew of Florida State, P-DH Jason Jennings of Baylor, 1B Mark Teixeira of Georgia Tech, RHP Mark Prior of Southern California, SS Khalil Greene of Clemson, SS-2B Rickie Weeks of Southern, 3B Alex Gordon of Nebraska, P David Price of Vanderbilt, P-DH Brad Lincoln of Houston, C Buster Posey of Florida State, catcher Mike Zunino of Florida, 3B Kris Bryant of San Diego, P-1B A.J. Reed from Kentucky; OF Andrew Benintendi from Arkansas, OF Beer among others.
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.
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