GREENSBORO, N.C. — Lincoln Memorial University freshman pitcher Ethan Elliott has added another piece of hardware to his mantle for the 2016 season, as he was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Southeast Region second team, it was announced by American Baseball Coaches Association officials on Tuesday.
Elliott — a 6-3 left-hander hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee and Catholic High School — made quite a mark in his debut season with the Railsplitters, turning in the second-most wins in the program’s single-season history by racking up a nearly unblemished 10-2 record.
Elliott became the first LMU pitcher to win at least 10 games in a season in two decades, accomplishing that feat for the first time since Scot Shields won 11 games in 1996.
In addition to his 10-2 record, Elliott posted a 3.29 earned run average with 68 strikeouts and a .255 batting average against over the course of 82 innings. He accounted for five complete games and two shutouts, ranking among the top five in the South Atlantic Conference in wins (second), shutouts (second), complete games (third) and ERA (fourth).
For his efforts, Elliott was recognized as the SAC Freshman of the Year, an All-SAC first team selection and an All-Southeast Region pick from both the CCA and NCBWA.
Elliott made a statement in the first start of his college career, striking out 10 and allowing just five hits over seven innings in an 8-1 win over USC Aiken, which fell one game shy of advancing to the NCAA Division II College World Series earlier this week. He tossed his first complete game against No. 20 Newberry on March 5, surrendering just five hits and working around four walks while striking out five in a 6-0 win.
His best start of the season came at Mars Hill on April 2, when he fanned a career-high 12 batters and gave up just six hits in a seven-inning shutout of the Lions. Elliott pitched the Railsplitters into the No. 4 seed for the SAC tournament with a complete-game gem against Brevard on April 23, allowing just eight hits with five strikeouts in a 2-1 victory.
Elliott is the first SAC Freshman of the Year in the history of the LMU baseball program and the first pitcher to earn All-SAC first team laurels since Josh Strawn garnered first-team distinctions in 2009.