Four Aggies Named NCBWA All-Americans

Posted at 9:31 PM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 22:31:46-04

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies equaled their largest All-America haul ever from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Wednesday. The Maroon and White had four players named to the NCBWA All-America teams, including Mark Ecker and Boomer White on the Second Team and Brigham Hill and Hunter Melton on the Third Team.

The Aggies also had four NCBWA All-Americans in 1998, including Casey Fossum, Daylan Holt, Ryan Rupe and Jason Tyner.

Ecker, Hill and White each earned All-America honors a week ago from Baseball America, along with Ryne Birk. Melton became the fifth Aggie to earn All-America status in 2016, the most Texas A&M has had recognized in a single season. The Aggies had four All-Americans in 1998 and 2015.

Ecker, an All-SEC Second Team pitcher, finished 4-2 with eight saves, a 0.39 ERA, .155 batting average and 56 strikeouts in 46.2 innings. His WHIP (0.66) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.00) were spectacular. In SEC play, he went 3-1 with a 0.00 ERA, three saves and a 34 strikeouts.

White, the SEC Player of the Year, batted .386 on the season with 49 runs, 19 doubles, five home runs, 46 RBI and 10 stolen bases. The Houston, Texas native led the squad with a .517 slugging percentage and .462 on-base percentage. He set the SEC record for most hits in league play, notching 57 knocks in 30 games. White batted .471 with 24 runs, 13 doubles, three home runs and 28 RBI in league play.

Hill went 9-2 on the year with a 2.51 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 97.0 innings. He went 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 54 strikeouts over 51.1 innings in 12 appearances, including seven starts.

Melton led the Aggies with 67 RBI, batting .300 with 56 runs, 13 doubles, two triples and 12 RBI. He logged a .510 slugging percentage and .375 on-base percentage on the year. In SEC play, Melton hit .290 with 20 runs, six doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 33 RBI.

Texas A&M finished 49-16 on the year, finishing 20-10 in the SEC. The Aggies won the SEC Tournament championship game and advanced to the College Station Super Regional after winning their eighth regional crown.