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Volume 71, Issue 148, Thursday, July 6, 2006

Sports

Lincoln brings in one more

Cougar Sports Service

On Monday, former Houston pitcher/designated hitter Brad Lincoln received the 2006 Brooks Wallace Award Trophy, which is given annually to the NCAA's top hardball player.

The Cougars' ace for the 2006 season accepted the award during a ceremony held at the United Spirit Arena on the Texas Tech campus. 

Lincoln beat out California State-Fullerton pitcher Wes Roemer and Virginia utility player Sean Doolittle for the honor of the nation's best, to emerge as the best out of the three finalists.


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Former Cougar ace Brad Lincoln won the Brooks Wallace Award, his fourth national award of 2006.

Lincoln ended his junior season with an outstanding 1.69 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 127.2 innings of work. 

His efforts on the mound resulted in a 12-2 record and propelled UH to an appearance in the Norman Regionals of the NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma. 

Lincoln was also one of the Cougars' most prolific power and clutch hitters of the season, notching 53 RBIs and 14 home runs on the season while batting .295. 

One of his highlights included a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning against Texas-San Antonio, translating to a 11-10 win on the Feb. 7 season opener.

Lincoln's résumé was obviously enough to convince the College Baseball Foundation National Selection Committee, which is responsible for selecting the Brooks Wallace Award winner, that he was the best man out there. 

The CBF is composed of coaches, writers, broadcasters, sports information directors and former winners of the award who are responsible for staying up to date in the world of college baseball.

Lincoln, recently drafted by the Pittsburg Pirates, joins the likes of Kris Benson, Lance Berkman, Brad Wilkerson and Jason Jennings in receiving the honor. 

Cougar baseball fans will have the chance to watch the presentation of the awards ceremony on Fox Sports Southwest on at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Lincoln has also been named as a finalist to the Roger Clemens Award, which is presented each year to the top collegiate pitcher. 

Other candidates include Eddie Deger, a right-hander out of Rice; Tim Lincecum, a right-hander out of Washington; and Andrew Miller, the southpaw who helped lead North Carolina to the College World Series.

The winner of the Clemens award will be announced Wednesday. 

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