Story courtesy: University of Houston Athletics
Former Houston Baseball standout Brad Lincoln has been named to the five-person 2020 Conference USA Hall of Fame class, the league announced Tuesday.
Lincoln, who was named the 2006 Dick Howser Trophy winner as the nation’s top Division I baseball student-athlete, led the Cougars to a berth in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and was the earliest MLB Draft selection in league history at No. 4 overall.
The Clute, Texas, native earned five player of the year awards in his final season at UH and was the C-USA Co-Male Athlete of the Year. He earned All-Conference USA First Team honors and was selected to the 2004 All-Freshman Team. In addition, Lincoln also saw action at the plate, turning in a career .316 batting average and 21 home runs.
In just three seasons, Lincoln struck out 293 batters for the third highest career total in school history and his 286.1 innings pitched rank fifth. In 2006, Lincoln pitched the Cougars to 12 wins with a 1.69 ERA. He also recorded 152 strikeouts in 127.2 innings.
He was just as dangerous at the plate, finishing with 14 home runs and a team-best 53 RBIs while ranking among the C-USA individual leaders in five of the six Triple Crown categories in 2006.
Lincoln is joined by fellow 2020 inductees Natalie Beazant (Rice women’s tennis), Dave Ragone (Louisville football), Rick Jones (Tulane baseball head coach) and Judy Rose (Charlotte athletics director). The class is the second to be recognized by the conference.