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Lockwood Earns NCBWA All-America Honor

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Lockwood Earns NCBWA All-America Honor

TAMPA, Fla. – University of South Florida outfielder Ryan Lockwood was one of 34 players selected to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Freshman All-American team, the organization announced Monday evening. 

“Lockwood deserves to be on this team. What he did this year was unbelievable,” said USF head baseball coach Lelo Prado. “He’s just going to get better and better. He’s the type of kid that will keep working hard at parts of his game. He had a great freshman year and not too many guys can say they were freshman All-Americans.”

Last week Lockwood was honored as the Collegiate Baseball News Freshman of the Year and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. 

As of May 29, Lockwood's .415 batting average is the 20th-best in the NCAA and he is 47th in the country in on base percentage with his .493 mark. 

His .415 batting average is second among freshman in the nation in batting, trailing only Cory Harrilchak of Elon, who has a .428 average in 59 games. Lockwood is also tops among freshman in the state of Florida, boasting a season average of .415, the only freshman above the .400 mark. He has earned the distinction of being named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on three separate occasions: April 7, April 21 and May 11.

A first team All-BIG EAST player, Lockwood was the first freshman in BIG EAST history to lead the conference in batting average during conference play, posting a .454 mark. In conference games, he also led all BIG EAST players with a .523 OBP, was tied for the lead with a 1.000 fielding percentage and was fourth in hits with 44. In 23 league games, he had 14 multiple-hit games, including seven three-hit outings. He had at least one hit in each of his conference outings, and has no errors in center field. In his last five BIG EAST games, he was 12-for-23 with a double, triple, three walks, three RBI, six runs scored and an outfield assist. Throughout the season, the native of Tampa earned three BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll awards, including April 7, April 21 and May 11. 

Lockwood, who missed the final nine games of the season with a broken finger, ended the season on a 30-game hitting streak, which began March 19 against Oklahoma. In those 30 games, he batted .464 with 58 hits, including 11 doubles and two triples. Lockwood scored 27 runs and collected 24 RBI while drawing 16 walks and being hit by three pitches. He had eight three-hit outings, as well one four-hit game against UCF and seven two-hit games during that stretch. The Tampa native made 89 putouts in the field, including three diving catches, with no errors during his streak. 

Read the rest of the release at GoUSFBulls.com

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