ECU’s Bryant Packard continued to collect hardware as he was named to a pair of All-America Teams Thursday. The Greenville native, who becomes the 30th All-American in school history, was a first-team selection by Baseball American and tabbed a second-teamer by Collegiate Baseball.
A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and 2018 American Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year, Packard helped the Pirates to the 2018 AAC Baseball Championship and the top seed in the Greenville Regional, which begins Friday June 1. The sophomore leads the club in nine offensive categories including batting average (.403), where he is seventh nationally. He also leads the conference in slugging percentage (.680), on-base percentage (.460), hits (83) and total bases (140), while ranking among the league leaders (Top 10) in home runs (14), RBI (50) runs (47) and doubles (15). Against UCONN on May 17, Packard singled in the fifth inning to center field setting the program record for consecutive games with a hit (30) breaking Stephen Batts’ 11-year old record. His streak came to an end (32 games) during the AAC Championships vs. UCF.
Packard is the fourth All-America selection under head coach Cliff Godwin joining Reid Love (2015), Evan Kruczynski (2016-17) and Travis Watkins (2017). He and the Pirates will square off against fourth-seed UNCW on Friday, June 1 with a 7 p.m. (ET) scheduled first pitch.