Trio of Pirates honored by ABCA

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The ECU duo of junior Jake Agnos (second-team) and sophomore Alec Burleson (first-team) have been named All-Americans by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), while junior Spencer Brickhouse (second-team) was named to the inaugural College Baseball Foundation All-America squad as a designated hitter both organizations announced.

Agnos is just the second Pirate in program history to be named to six All-America teams joining Bryant Packard who garnered a school-best seven in 2018. Burleson picked up his fifth first-team honor as a utility player and Brickhouse earned his first of the season, which gives the Pirates three All-Americans in the same season for the first time since 2004 when four players garnered honors.

A fourth round selection by the New York Yankees in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Agnos appeared in 17 games (all starts) where he posted an 11-3 record with a 2.29 ERA. The lefty, who became the 12th different hurler in program history to win the pitching triple crown, fanned an ECU and American Athletic Conference single-season record 145 batters while walking 43 in 102.0 innings. He also set the league career strikeout record during the opening game of the Louisville Super Regional (295) with his five versus the Cardinals surpassing Houston’s Seth Romero (2015-17).

The Haymarket, Va. native combined on five shutouts and allowed 29 runs (26 earned) on 74 hits while holding opposing batters to a composite .198 batting average. Agnos set the modern day school record with 32.2 consecutive scoreless innings that ended on a wild pitch in the 2019 AAC Baseball Championships against Houston. He tallied a team-high nine quality starts (6.0 IP, 3 or less ERs) and recorded double-digit strikeouts in a contest five times with a career-best 12 against UConn in a personal-best 8.2 innings on April 8. In all, he ranked first at ECU in six pitching categories and led the AAC in seven stat columns including strikeouts looking with 58.

Off the field, Agnos was an eight-time ECU Director of Athletic Honor member, two-time AAC All-Academic selection (2017-18), First-Team Google Cloud Academic All-American (2019) and two-time academic all-district honoree (2018-19). A member of ECU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and previous member of the Athletic Leadership Living Learning Community, Agnos boasts a cumulative GPA over 3.95 at ECU while majoring in management information systems. He named the 2019 ECU Mr. Pirate at the 6th Annual Goldspys, which is presented to the male student-athlete who excels in the classroom and in athletics, while also contributing to the community. He was also selected to the 2019 Nutrien All-Academic Team at the annual Breakfast of Champions.

Agnos’ 2019 Postseason Honors

  • First-Team Academic All-America (Google Cloud CoSIDA)
  • First-Team All-America (Collegiate Baseball)
  • First-Team All-America (NBCWA)
  • Second-Team All-America (I)
  • Second-Team All-America (Baseball America)
  • Second-Team All-America (D1Baseball)
  • Third-Team All-America (Perfect Game)
  • American Athletic Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year
  • First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection
  • First-Team All-South Region (ABCA)
  • Greenville Regional All-Tournament Team

Brickhouse started 60 games for the Pirates batting .335 (69-for-206) with 14 home runs and 56 RBI. The Zebulon, N.C. native led the club outright in on-base percentage (.467) runs (57), slugging percentage (.626) and walks (45), while sharing the team lead in triples and multi-RBI games. A seventh-round selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2019 MLB Draft, Brickhouse tallied 19 multi-hit games and collected a team-high seven game-winning RBI (14 career). He hit a pair of home runs in a contest twice this season (Houston and UConn) and registered five career multi-home run games in three seasons. The two-time all-conference player hit a solo home run at No. 7 Louisville in the Super Regional opener and closed out his career with 34 home runs and 134 RBI.

Brickhouse’s 2019 Postseason Honors

  • Second-Team All-America (College Baseball Foundation)
  • First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (designated hitter)
  • Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (first base)
  • Second-Team All-South Region (ABCA)

Regarded as one of the top two-way players in the country after being named a finalist for the 2019 John Olerud National Player-of-the-Year Award, Burleson led the Pirates outright in eight offensive categories including batting average (.370), doubles (23), hits (91), RBI (61) and multi-hit games (23), while sharing the team lead in multi-RBI contests (16) and fielding percentage (1.000). He slugged at a .573 clip to stand second on the club and belted nine homers to rank third.

On the mound, he appeared in 24 games making nine starts where he owned a 6-2 ledger with five saves and a 3.28 ERA. Burleson earned his 11th career win against Campbell in an elimination game on June 3 in the 2019 Greenville Regional after working five innings. He fanned 68 batters while walking 26 and struck out a career-high 10 batters against Monmouth on Feb. 23. The lefty allowed 22 runs (all earned) on 56 hits in 60.1 innings and held opposing hitters to a composite .246 average. In the classroom, he is a six-time ECU Director of Athletic Honor member, a 2018 AAC All-Academic selection and was a 2019 Third-Team Google Cloud Academic All-American who boasts a 3.959 cumulative GPA as a business management major.

Burleson’s 2019 Postseason Honors

  • Third-Team Academic All-America (Google Cloud CoSIDA)
  • First-Team All-America (ABCA)
  • First-Team All-America (Collegiate Baseball)
  • First-Team All-America (D1Baseball)
  • First-Team All-America (NCBWA)
  • First-Team All-America (Perfect Game)
  • First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (outfield)
  • Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (utility)
  • First-Team All-South Region (ABCA)
  • Greenville Regional All-Tournament Team

Agnos, Brickhouse and Burleson are the sixth, seventh and eighth 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-American on their team dating back to 2013.

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