Packard named to record seventh All-American team
GREENVILLE, N.C. – ECU’s Bryant Packard earned his school-record seventh All-America honor after being named a first-teamer by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Saturday morning. For the sophomore becomes the ninth Pirate to earn ABCA All-America accolades and the first since Ryan Wood in 2009 (third-team).
Packard, who is the first player in program history to earn inclusion to seven All-America teams in the same season, led the club in seven offensive categories including batting average (.406), ranking seventh nationally. He also stood first in The American in hits (89), slugging percentage (.671) and total bases (147), while ranking among the league leaders (Top 10) in on-base percentage (.462/third), home runs (14/t3rd), runs (51/sixth) and RBI (50/t8th). Against UCONN on May 17, Packard singled in the fifth inning to center field setting the program record for consecutive games with a hit (30) breaking Stephen Batts' 11-year old record. His streak came to an end (32 games) during the first round of the AAC Championships vs. UCF. A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, Packard became the 16th player in Pirate school history to win the hitting triple crown and first since John Wooten in 2012.
Packard, along with fellow Pirate Chris Holba who was a third-team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-American, are the fourth and fifth All-America selections under head coach Cliff Godwin, joining Reid Love (2015), Evan Kruczynski (2016-17) and Travis Watkins (2017). It also marks the sixth-straight year the Pirates have had an All-America selection on their team dating back to 2013.
Packard's 2018 Postseason Honors
First-Team All-America (ABCA)
First-Team All-America (Baseball America)
First-Team All-America (CollegeSportsMadness)
First-Team All-America (NCBWA)
First-Team All-America (Perfect Game)
Second-Team All-America (Collegiate Baseball)
Second-Team All-America (D1Baseball)
American Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year
Unanimous First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection
First-Team All-South Region (ABCA)
Greenville Regional All-Tournament Team