LUBBOCK, TX - Texas Tech baseball’s Steven Gingery was named a First Team All-American by D1 Baseball on Thursday afternoon, making it the fifth publication to award him first team status.
Gingery is the first Red Raider to be named to five different first team lists in a single season. Clint Bryant is the only other Tech player to accomplish the feat, doing so over the 1995-96 seasons. Bryant totaled six All-America honors during his time in Lubbock, while Keith Ginter & Josh Bard hold the most with seven overall.
Two weeks ago, 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 & the NCBWA this week. Josh Jung (CBN & PG/Rawlings) and Grant Little (NCBWA) have been given freshman team honors over the last two weeks.
Gingery is the second award winner in program history and the first to record first team honors from D1 Baseball. Last season, Eric Gutierrez picked up second team accolades. 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 16 overall in five years.
His fifth All-America accolade of 2017 is also the 101st 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
(Courtesy: Texas Tech Sports Communications Department)