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Alec Burleson, a 2017 graduate of East Lincoln High School, has been recognized as a Collegiate Baseball First-Team All-American following his sophomore season at East Carolina. 

GREENVILLE – Former East Lincoln Mustangs baseball standout Alec Burleson has been recognized as a Collegiate Baseball First-Team All-American following his sophomore season at East Carolina.

Burleson, who was named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American after last season, also earned First-Team All-American Athletic Conference honors. He leads the Pirates in batting average (.370), hits (81), doubles (21), multi-hit games (26) and RBIs (54).

Burleson is being recognized for his work on the mound as well, as he was also named a finalist for the 2019 John Olerud Two-Way National Player of the Year award, according to the College Baseball Foundation.

Burleson 5-1 this season, with five saves and a 2.98 earned-run average in 21 appearances, including seven starts. The lefthander has recorded 54 strikeouts in 51.1 innings, and he’s held opposing hitters to a .236 batting average. Burleson earned his 10th career victory on the May 8, when he led to the Pirates to a win on the road at No. 12 UNC, and he struck out a career-high 10 batters in his second start of the season against Monmouth Feb. 23.

Burleson has also been a standout defensively, where he plays the outfield and first base. He has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, with 167 putouts and 26 assists.

Burleson and the Pirates play Louisville June 7-9 in the NCAA Tournament Super Regionals, with the winner earning a spot in the College World Series.

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