Pirate pair named semifinalists for national awards

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ECU junior Jake Agnos has been named a semifinalist for the 2019 Pitcher-of-the-Year Award, while sophomore Alec Burleson is a semifinalist for the 2019 John Olerud Two-Way Player-of-the-Year Award according to the College Baseball Foundation.

Agnos, who is one of 15 hurlers on the list, has appeared in in 13 games (all starts) where is owns an 8-2 record with a 2.19 ERA. The left-hander has fanned 114 batters, which ranks ninth nationally and leads The American. He has allowed 22 runs (19 earned) on 58 hits in 78.0 innings. Agnos has fanned at least six batters in 12 consecutive outings including a career-high 14 against Connecticut. The three-time AAC Pitcher-of-the-Week and Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List candidate has combined on five shutouts and enters this week’s action with a 26.0 inning scoreless streak. 

Burleson, one of 10 semifinalist, is hitting at a .369 clip with six home runs, 45 RBI and has scored 27 runs. Earlier this week he earned his second-straight AAC Player-of-the-Week accolade (third of the season) after helping the Pirates clinch the 2019 American regular season title. Named to a pair of midseason All-America Teams, Burleson ranks third nationally in sac flies (eight) and 13th in doubles (20). He leads the Pirates offense with 23 multi-hit games and is second with 11 multi-RBI contests.

On the mound, he has appeared in 19 games making six starts where he owns a 5-1 ledger with four saves and a 3.25 ERA. Burleson earned his 10th career win at No. 12 North Carolina allowing one run over four innings. He has fanned 49 batters while walking 17 and struck out a career-high 10 batters against Monmouth on Feb. 23.

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