Agnos and Burleson earn Academic All-America honors

Published: Jun. 6, 2019 at 8:12 PM EDT
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ECU junior Jake Agnos and sophomore Alec Burleson have been named 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-Americans according to an announcement by the organization Thursday afternoon.

Agnos (first team) and Burleson (third team) are the seventh and eighth players in program history to earn Academic All-America honors joining Steve Sides (1987), Lee Kushner (1993), current ECU skipper Cliff Godwin (1999, 2001), Sam Narron (2001-02), Travis Watkins (2017) and Charlie Yorgen (2017). The duo’s selection marks the third time that the Pirates have had multiple selections in the same year (others: 2001 and 2017).

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at his current institution. No student-athlete is eligible until he has completed one full calendar year at his current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

Agnos, a management information systems major, is a seven-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll member, two-time American Athletic Conference All-Academic selection (2017-18) and two-time Google Cloud Academic All-District honoree (2018-19). The Haymarket, Va. native was chosen as the 2019 ECU Mr. Pirate at the 6th Annual Goldspys, which is presented to the male student-athlete who excels in the classroom and in athletics, while also contributing to the community. He was also named to the 2019 Nutrien All-Academic Team at the annual Breakfast of Champions. A member of ECU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and previous member of the Athletic Leadership Living Learning Community, Agnos boasts a cumulative GPA over 3.95 at ECU.

On the diamond, Agnos has appeared in 16 games (all starts) where is owns an 11-2 record with a 2.02 ERA. The left-hander, who earned First-Team All-America accolades by Collegiate Baseball and was the American Athletic Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year, has fanned a school and conference single-season record-best 140 batters while walking 42. He has combined on five shutouts and has allowed 25 runs (22 earned) on 98.0 innings of work and set the modern day school record with 32.2 consecutive scoreless innings that ended on a wild pitch in the AAC Championships against Houston. Agnos, who has tied the AAC career strikeout mark with 290 punchouts, has recorded double-digit strikeouts in a contest five times with a career-high 12 against UConn in a personal-best 8.2 innings on April 8. He was named to the Golden Spikes Midseason Watch List and was a semifinalist for the College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher-of-the-Year Award.

Burleson, a business management major, is a five-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll member and a 2018 AAC All-Academic selection who sports a 3.959 cumulative GPA. Regarded as one of the top two-way players in the country after being named a finalist for the John Olerud National Player-of-the-Year Award, he his hitting at a .373 clip with nine home runs, 61 RBI and has scored 38 runs. A Third-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and a First-Team All-AAC selection, he ranks eighth nationally in sac flied (eight) and 13th in doubles (22). He leads the Pirates in eight offensive categories tallying 29 multi-hit and 16 multi-RBI contests.

On the mound, he has appeared in 23 games making eight starts where he owns a 6-1 ledger with five saves and a 2.93 ERA. Burleson earned his 11th career win against Campbell in an elimination game on June 3 in the 2019 Greenville Regional after working five innings. He has fanned 63 batters while walking 24 and struck out a career-high 10 batters against Monmouth on Feb. 23.

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