May 6, 2011
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LUBBOCK, Texas – Baylor center fielder and right-handed pitcher Brooks Pinckard was one of two players from the Big 12 Conference among the 25 players named to the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award watch list, as announced by the College Baseball Foundation Thursday.
The Olerud Award recognizes a player who makes an impact both on the mound and at the plate. The second-annual award will be presented in Lubbock, Texas, on July 3 as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.
Pinckard, a junior from Buda, Texas, has started 38 games in center field and made 17 appearances on the mound for the Bears. He’s hitting .299 with seven doubles, five triples, 27 RBI and 14 runs scored. Pinckard is tied for fourth nationally in stolen bases (30-for-32), making him one of five players in program history to steal 30 bases in a season.
On the mound, Pinckard is 4-2 with three saves and a 3.25 ERA in a career-high 36.0 innings pitched. Previously a closer, Pinckard moved into a starting role for the first time last week and picked up wins in starts at UTSA on April 26 and at Nebraska on May 1.
In his start at Nebraska, Pinckard allowed only a pair of singles in 7.0 shutout innings of Baylor’s 2-0 win, which gave the Bears their first series win in Lincoln since the inaugural season of Big 12 play in 1997.
Pinckard ranks seventh in program history in career stolen bases (59), third in career stolen bases in Big 12 play (23), tied for third in career triples in Big 12 play (6), fifth in saves (16) and tied for sixth in career Big 12 saves (5).
Pinckard is joined by Texas Tech’s David Paiz as the only Big 12 players on the watch list. The inaugural winner of the Olerud Award, Florida State’s Mike McGee, is also on the list.
Baylor is in the middle of an eight-day break for final exams, but the Bears return to action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when they travel to Fort Worth, Texas to take on TCU. Baylor’s next home game is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday against Northwestern State.