First Award Arrives Early For Lincecum

Nov. 18, 2004

Washington sophomore pitcher Tim Lincecum has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association 2005 preseason All-America first-team, the NCBWA announced today.

Lincecum, a right-hander from Liberty High in Renton, Wash., was named the Pac-10's Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year last season, when he became the first freshman to lead the Pac-10 in strikeouts since 1978. His 161 strikeouts were a new school record and ranked him No. 2 in the nation behind Long Beach State's Jered Weaver. Lincecum finished the 2004 season with a 10-3 record and a 3.53 earned run average.

Lincecum was one of four starting pitchers named the NCBWA's first team and one of three players from the Pac-10 so honored, joining first baseman John Mayberry and second baseman Jed Lowrie, both from Stanford. Gonzaga catcher Kiel Thibault also made the first team.

Alongside UC Irvine reliever Blair Erickson, Lincecum was one of only two sophomores to make the team. The NCBWA also named a second and third team, but no other Huskies were selected.

Here's the NCBWA's 2005 Preseason All-America first team:

Pos.  Name, School                    Class1B    John Mayberry, Stanford          Jr.2B    Jed Lowrie, Stanford             Jr.3B    Alex Gordon, Nebraska            Jr.SS    Troy Tulowitzki, Long Beach St.  Jr.C     Kiel Thibault, Gonzaga           Jr.OF    Brad Corley, Mississippi St.     Jr.OF    Steve Carvati, Ohio St.          Sr.OF    Chris Rahl, William & Mary       Jr.DH/UT Stephen Head, Mississippi        Jr.SP    Ricky Romero, CS Fullerton       Jr.SP    Cesar Ramos, Long Beach St.      Jr.SP    Aaron Rawl, South Carolina       Sr.SP    Tim Lincecum, Washington         So.RP    Will Startup, Georgia            Jr.RP    Ryan Doherty, Notre Dame         Jr.RP    Blair Erickson, UC Irvine        So.

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