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All-Region Guy

All-Region Guy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Guy Lipscomb was named a 2022 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I Southeast All-Region selection on Tuesday, becoming the second Bruin in as many years to land a spot on one of the two All-Region teams picked by the American Baseball Coaches Association. 

Lipscomb was selected to the Southeast All-Region Second Team, joining Vanderbilt's Spencer Jones, Tennessee's Jordan Beck, Mercer's Bill Knight, Kennesaw State's Josh Hatcher, and Florida Gulf Coast's Ian Farrow. The Southeast Region is comprised of all Division I schools in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. 

Lipscomb, a sophomore center fielder, was named 2022 OVC Player of the Year after leading the Bruins to their first OVC Regular Season championship this past season. The native of Franklin, Tenn., ranked 9th in the country in batting average (.406), 5th in stolen bases (42), and ranked 2nd in the OVC in on-base percentage (.484). 

The outfielder became the first player in NCAA Division I since 2011 (Bryson Miles, Stephen F. Austin) to hit at least .400 and steal at least 40 bases in a single season. 

Lipscomb shattered the Belmont record for stolen bases in a single season (42) breaking the previous mark of 30 that was held by Matt Reynolds (2005), and set the new NCAA-era program record for batting average (.406) eclipsing Dylan Craig's mark of .397 set in 2009.  

Additionally, the sophomore struck out just once every 12.1 plate appearances, the 28th-best rate nationally, finishing with 29 walks to just 18 strikeouts on the season. The outfielder finished with four home runs, 12 doubles, three triples, and 42 RBIs. 

Lipscomb was also named to the OVC All-Tournament Team after going 6-for-12 with three walks and five runs scored in three games at the OVC Championships in Lexington during the Bruins' run to the championship game. 

The OVC Player of the Year nod was the first league MVP award for a Bruin since Belmont moved to NCAA Division I in 1998, and was part of a Belmont sweep of the conference's major honors, with Andy Bean taking home OVC Pitcher of the Year and Dave Jarvis winning OVC Coach of the Year. 

Lipscomb helped power Belmont to 39 wins, tied for the most in program history, and the school's first-ever road sweep of a Power Five opponent (Purdue, April 22-24). 

Lipscomb is the sixth Bruin to earn ABCA All-Region honors, joining Logan Jarvis (2021), Drew Ferguson (2014 and 2015), Matt Beaty (2015), Tyler Fullerton (2015), and Nate Woods (2010). 

The full list of ABCA All-Region honorees can be found here. 

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 13,000 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. 

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