LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech baseball's Steven Gingery has been selected as one of 10 members of USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team final roster, it was announced today.
Twenty training camp players will join Gingery and the previously identified athletes in a five-game series with teams in the Coastal Plain League and the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League before the 24-man roster is announced on Monday, June 26.
The Collegiate National Team is made up of non-draft eligible athletes currently playing baseball at the collegiate level. USA Baseball will also name a 28-man roster to compete in a series against Chinese Taipei before its final 24-man roster will compete in international friendship series against Cuba and Japan.
Gingery is the seventh Red Raider to join USA Baseball and the first since Chad Bettis in 2009.
Last week, Gingery became the first unanimous First Team All-American in school history, totaling six awards in the process. His honors total 102 by a Red Raider since 1972. He was also named 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.
USA Baseball will stream all five games of the Chinese Taipei and Cuba series in North Carolina on USABaseball.com.
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
USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Final Roster – June 20