Agnos, Burleson honored as Pirates prepare for NCAA Regionals

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ECU junior Jake Agnos and sophomore Alec Burleson have been tabbed as Collegiate Baseball First-Team All-Americans the publication announced Monday. Burleson also was named a finalist for the 2019 John Olerud Two-Way National Player-of-the-Year according to the College Baseball Foundation.

Agnos, who was named The American Pitcher-of-the-Year, has appeared in 15 games (all starts) where he owns a 10-2 record with a 2.00 ERA. The left-hander has fanned a school and conference single-season record-best 131 batters while walking just 38. He has combined on five shutouts and has allowed 23 runs (20 earned) in 90.0 innings of work and set a modern day school record with 32.2 consecutive scoreless innings that ended on a wild pitch in the AAC Championships against Houston. Agnos has recorded double-digit strikeouts in a contest five times with a career-high 12 against UConn in a personal-best 8.2 innings on April 18. He was named to the Golden Spike Midseason Watch List and a semifinalist for the College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher-of-the-Year Award. 

Burleson, a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American a year ago, earned First-Team All-AAC honors as an outfielder and a second-team pick as a utility player. He currently leads ECU in five offensive categories including average (.370), hits (81), doubles (21), multi-hit games (26) and RBI (54). On the mound, he sports a 5-1 with five saves and a 2.98 ERA in 21 appearances (seven starts). The lefty has struck out 54 batters while walking 21 in 51.1 innings and has held opposing hitters to a .236 composite batting average. Burleson earned his 10th career win at No. 12 UNC (May 8) and struck out a career-best 10 batters in his second start of the season against Monmouth (Feb. 23). Overall in the field, he sports a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 167 putouts and 26 assists.

Holba and Packard are the sixth and seventh All-America selections under head coach Cliff Godwin, joining Reid Love (2015), Evan Kruczynski (2016-17), Travis Watkins (2017), Chris Holba (2019) and Bryant Packard (2019). It also marks the seventh-straight year the Pirates have had an All-America selection on their team dating back to 2013.

ECU opens play in the NCAA Greenville regional on Friday night at 6pm against Quinnipiac. N.C. State opens the regional against Campbell at noon. All of the games are availble on ESPN3. 

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