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Burleson named to preseason Stopper-of-the-Year watch list

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Published: Feb. 10, 2020 at 4:09 PM EST
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East Carolina junior Alec Burleson is one of 70 players named to the initial Watch List for the 16th Annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper-of-the-Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I Baseball, the association announced Monday.

Burleson, who was named to five All-America squads in 2019, is regarded as one of the top two-way players in the country after being named a finalist for the 2019 John Olerud National Player-of-the-Year Award. The Denver, N.C. native led the Pirates outright in eight offensive categories including batting average (.370), doubles (23), hits (91), RBI (61) and multi-hit games (23), while sharing the team lead in multi-RBI contests (16) and fielding percentage (1.000). He slugged at a .573 clip to stand second on the club and belted nine homers to rank third.

On the mound, he appeared in 24 games making nine starts where he owned a 6-2 ledger with five saves and a 3.28 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 fanned 68 batters while walking 26 and struck out a career-high 10 batters against Monmouth on Feb. 23. The lefty allowed 22 runs (all earned) on 56 hits in 60.1 innings and held opposing hitters to a composite .246 average. In the classroom, he is a six-time ECU Director of Athletic Honor member, a 2018 AAC All-Academic selection and was a 2019 Third-Team Google Cloud Academic All-American who boasts a 3.959 cumulative GPA as a business management major.

During the summer, Burleson played for the USA Collegiate National Team helping the Red, White and Blue to an 8-6 overall record which included series wins over Chinese Taipei and Cuba. He appeared in eight games making four starts in the field where he batted .267 (4-for-15) with a home run and three RBI. His lone home run, a solo walk-off blast in the bottom of the ninth, lifted USA to a 3-2 victory over Japan. On the mound, he sported a 2.53 ERA in three outings striking out eight in 10.2 innings.

Burleson's 2020 Preseason Honors

First-Team All-America (Collegiate Baseball)

First-Team All-America (D1Baseball)

First-Team All-America (NCBWA)

First-Team All-America (Perfect Game)

Stopper-of-the-Year Watch List (NCBWA)

Preseason American Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year

Preseason First-Team All-AAC (LHP/OF)

Preseason American Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year (Baseball America)

Preseason American Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year (D1Baseball)

Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award nominee

Season tickets are officially on sale with packages starting as low as $120. Pirate fans have seven different options to choose from and can purchase their 2020 tickets by utilizing ECU’s Online Ticket Center (http://bit.ly/2gJlK0Y) or by contacting the ECU Athletic Ticket Office at (252) 737-4500.

Ticket Options

Chair Back with Seat Rights – $200

Chair Back Upgrade (must have Pirate Club approval) – $400

Regular Reserved Bench – $200

Faculty/Staff Reserved Bench – $160

Senior Citizen Reserved Bench – $160

Young Grad Reserved Bench – $120

Economy Plan (Section 201/202 & Jungle) – $120

Burleson and the Pirates are set to open the 2020 season at home playing host to William & Mary on Friday, Feb. 14 with a 4 p.m. (EST) scheduled first pitch.

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