Three Pac-10 Baseball Players Named to <i>Baseball America</i> All-America Team
June 13, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
Three Pac-10 baseball players have been named to Baseball America's 2006 All-America Team, the magazine announced today. OREGON STATE junior Cole Gillespie and WASHINGTON junior Tim Lincecum, the Pac-10 Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, were named to the first team, while the Beavers' Jonah Nickerson earned second team honors.
Lincecum, from Renton, Wash., accounted for 199 of the combined 610 strikeouts thrown by the first unit. He completed the 2006 regular season with a 1.94 ERA and a 12-4 record. The right-hander set a school-record for victories, and set new school marks with 30 career wins, 332 career innings, and 491 career strikeouts, the most by a Pac-10 pitcher in Conference history. Lincecum, who was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year for the second time in three seasons, became the highest drafted player in UW history last week when the San Francisco Giants took him with the 10th overall selection in the MLB Amateur Draft. Earlier, he was named to the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball All-America first teams, in addition to earning College Baseball Foundation's National Honors.
Gillespie, from West Linn, Ore., has scored 77 runs in 2006, the most by any Pac-10 player this season and a new Oregon State single-season record. He leads the Conference with a .695 slugging percentage, a .504 on-base percentage, and 77 RBI, while ranking among the Pac-10 leaders in batting average (.386, second), doubles (23, second), total bases (146, second), home runs (12, tied-third) and stolen bases (15, fourth). A Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree on May 29, Gillespie was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers in the third round of last week's draft. He was previously named to Collegiate Baseball's first team and the NCBWA third team.
Nickerson, from Oregon City, Ore., holds an 11-4 record this season with a 2.50 ERA, which ranks third in the Conference. The junior right-hander has started in 17 games and has thrown 112 strikeouts (second in the Pac-10) in 115 1/3 innings of work. Nickerson, who has thrown three complete games this season, went in the seventh round of the draft to to the Detroit Tigers as the 202nd pick overall.
The staff of Baseball America selects the All-America teams after the round of super-regional play.