East Carolina University freshman Alec Burleson was named to the 2018 collegiate baseball freshman All-America team on Wednesday. Burleson was also previously named the American Athletic Conference freshman Pitcher-of-the-Year.
Burleson becomes the 16th freshman All-American in ECU history and the fourth to play under head coach Cliff Godwin, with the others being Joe Ingle in 2015, Dwanya Williams-Sutton in 2016 and Spencer Brickhouse in 2017. Burleson is the second Pirate to get All-America status this season alongside Bryant Packard.
Burleson posted a 5-2 record in eight starts, also recording four saves and a 3.33 ERA in 54.0 innings worked. Burleson was also a threat at the plate, splitting time between first base and designated hitter. Burleson finished at the plate with a .252 average, with three doubles, 18 RBI’s and 13 runs scored.
Burleson had many standout performances throughout the 2018 season. Burleson recorded his first win of the season against Campbell University on Feb. 21 by pitching three scoreless innings. Burleson would become a part of the weekend starting rotation, and would pick up wins against the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Tulane University, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Connecticut. At the plate, Burleson had seven multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games, including career-best four RBI’s against University of North Carolina at Charlotte on March 10.