LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech baseball's Steven Gingery was named a Rawlings First Team All-American by the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) on Saturday afternoon, giving him six accolades for his performance during the 2017 season.
With the award, Gingery becomes the first Red Raider in school history to be named a unanimous First Team All-American. He is also the sixth Tech student-athlete to earn six All-America honors over their Red Raider careers, as Josh Bard, Keith Ginter & Shane Wright hold the most with seven.
Gingery is the first Red Raider to earn six first team nods not only over a collegiate career, but in a single season.
Over the last three weeks, Gingery and senior Hunter Hargrove (third team) achieved All-America status by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, while Gingery also earned first team awards from Baseball America, Perfect Game, NCBWA and D1. Josh Jung (CBN & PG/Rawlings) and Grant Little (NCBWA) have been given freshman team honors for their 2017 performances.
Gingery is the 25th All-America honoree from the ABCA and the third in the last two years. Tanner Gardner (second team) and Eric Gutierrez (third team) picked up the accolade in 2016. The Red Raiders have had an All-American or a freshman All-America award winner in every season under head coach Tim Tadlock and his staff, totaling 27 overall nods in five years.
His sixth All-America accolade of 2017 is also the 102nd overall in Tech history.
On Wednesday, Gingery was named the National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation, the first Red Raider to ever receive the award.
In his second season in the scarlet & black, Gingery was masterful on the mound, racking up a 10-1 record over 15 starts. Through 91.1 innings, he allowed only 21 runs, 16 earned, for an ERA of 1.58. He struck out a team-best 107, while holding opposing batters to a measly .186 at the plate.
His 10 victories marked back-to-back seasons a Red Raider pitcher has hit double-digit win totals, as Davis Martin accomplished the feat in 2016. It was also the 10th time Tech has had pitchers register 10-win seasons in consecutive years. The win total also ranks 10th in the NCAA in 2017 and is tied for ninth all-time at Texas Tech.
Gingery's ERA of 1.58 is the lowest since Corey Taylor's NCAA-best 0.31 in 2015. Gingery's mark is the sixth-lowest in school history in a single season and is eighth in the country this year.
After throwing eight strikeouts against Sam Houston State on June 3, Gingery (107) became the first Red Raider to push past the 100-strikeout threshold in a season since Chad Bettis (102) in 2010. In doing so, Gingery's 107 punch outs were the most at Tech in a season since Monty Ward rung up a school-record 151 batters in 1998.
GINGERY'S 2017 ACCOLADES:
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week – Feb. 27
D1 Baseball Midseason All-American – April 4
Perfect Game Midseason All-American – April 4
Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List – April 12
College Baseball Foundation Pitcher of the Year Watch List – April 18
College Baseball Foundation Pitcher of the Year Semifinalist – May 11
Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist – May 18
Big 12 Pitcher of the Year – May 23
First Team All-Big 12 (unanimous) – May 23
Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist – May 31
College Baseball Foundation Pitcher of the Year Finalist – May 31
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper First Team All-American – June 1
Baseball America First Team All-American – June 8
College Baseball Foundation Pitcher of the Year – June 14
NCBWA First Team All-American – June 14
Perfect Game/Rawlings First Team All-American – June 14
D1 Baseball First Team All-American – June 15
ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-American – June 17